17 October 2021
As I said in our previous blog post, we left Bellingham, WA, and headed to Tucson, AZ for our winter stay. We left on September 15, and had a nice seventeen day road trip before arriving in Tucson on October 1.
But we enjoy road trips. The journey is as important as the destination. And sometimes, things happen or a place looks inviting, and so we might stay a day or two just to do something special, or to spend some time in that inviting town.
So our route was not the most direct way to travel from Bellingham to Tucson. Nor did we push ourselves to drive 500 miles a day. We had a leisurely road trip, explored a few new places, and explored a few old friendly locales.
This blog is just the quick overview, and I'll write several subsequent blogs once I finish editing the hundreds of photos I took along the way. But we have maps - I kept track of each stop, calculated the distance driven, and drew lines on each map so I could share our route and how far we drove each day. (Yes, my lines are in rainbow color sequence. It makes it easy to see how far we drove each day.)
2 – We stayed in Yakima for a day to go through our storage unit one more time, and to spend some time with my brother and his family.
Day 3 – Yakima to St. Regis, MT – 327 miles
Just a quick drive through the Idaho panhandle, then on to Montana.
We made it a short drive and spent one night in Missoula so I could spend the afternoon visiting what was the National Bison Range, which is now privately owned by the Native American nations that reside in the Flathead Lake area.
Day 5 – Missoula to West Yellowstone – 264 miles
We encountered snow in West Yellowstone when we arrived, and it snowed off and on all night! BRRR!
Day 6 – West Yellowstone, MT to Daniel Junction, WY – 233 miles
We drove through Yellowstone on a different route than we did last summer, and encountered a blizzard driving over some of the mountains in the park!! We hoped to stay in Jackson, but prices of hotels were insane, so we drive through the middle of nowhere and found a great little motel in Daniel Junction. Plus we saw a moose just standing in someone's yard, eating some grasses or leaves or something! Wow, a huge moose!!!
Day 7 – Daniel Junction to Evanston, WY – 155 miles
Day 8 – Stay in Evanston, WY
Day 9 – Evanston to Beaver, UT – 255 miles
Day 10 – Beaver to Hurricane, UT – 92.6 miles
Including a drive through Kolob Canyon
Day 11 – Hurricane to Panguitch, UT – 108 miles
Drove through Zion N.P., spent the night just outside Bryce Canyon
Day 12 – Panguitch to Kanab, UT – 77.7 miles
Day 13 – Kanab to Jacob Lake, AZ – 37 miles
Plus drive to Grand Canyon Lodge on North Rim, and back – 43.6 miles each way - Total of 124.2 miles for the day
Day 14 – Jacob Lake to Tuba City, AZ – 110 miles
In Hopi Nation land
Day 15 – Tuba City to Camp Verde, AZ – 133 miles
16 – Stay in Camp Verde at our favorite casino hotel there.
Day 17 – Camp Verde to Tucson! – 204 miles
Total: 2,293.3 miles