We had a leisurely morning , then we drove out along the Colorado River again.  We turned off the highway about 20 miles from here, and followed the La Sal Loop Road into a beautiful Valley…

img_5115img_5117img_5121 About 4 miles in we turned off into Castle Valley, a semi-residential area.  This valley is unlike anything we have seen in Utah.  All green – even the rock-faced mountains…

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We found what appears to be “ancient” construction and some well-built old houses…

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We returned to the main loop road and continued on…

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As we ascended higher into the hills we were surrounded with views of the “pygmy” forest… None of these trees are much higher than 20 feet, but it is beautiful!

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We came upon what looked to be alpine meadows…

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And fall colors!

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After we crested the summit we could see the Moab valley far below…

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We returned to the highway which leads back into Moab.  We stopped at the Moab Brewery and Distillery for a little lunch and a sample of their spirits…

We returned to The Villa and it was hot!  We cranked up the AC and I took a nap…

Tonight we had a short music presentation by the family that owns the RV Park.  It was,  surprisingly, a lot of fun…!

After the music we had a drivers meeting – tomorrow we head to Torrey and Capitol Reef National Park…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…