Surfing Again, Two Nights To Home

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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CS: AJ's place

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, October 7, 2010

I got up at 8:30 and caught up online and left at 9:15. Vernal was really foggy right down to the ground but  visibility got a little better just out of town. But the weird weather continued, the clouds and fog were low and it rained on and off. I could still see a bit of the scenery. Aspens soon started appearing again. I went through Roosevelt and Myton and then around 10:00 the thick, low cloud cover suddenly made it really dark out and then it rained hard and then turned to hail for a minute. Then it broke and we got a rainbow and a sunshine shower. I went through Duchesne and then stopped at a viewpoint near Starvation Lake State Park at 10:20 for a break. I cooked a can of beans with a tortilla and Taco Bell mild sauce out at the picnic table and then ate in the car as it was in the low 50s. I got back on the road at 11:00 and the road continued on and off. I entered Iunta National Forest and passed Strawberry Reservoir and then went up and over the mountains. It was another pretty drive with the trees and the mist. My ipod died and it was very hard to find a good radio station, forget NPR. I parked at Holiday Inn in Heber City at noon, to write and freshen up. I finished Proof of Life and left at 1:30.

I headed southwest on 189 around Deer Creek Reservoir and int Iunta National Forest again. It got even more beautiful when I headed northwest on 92, Alpine Loop Drive. I parked at Sundance at 2:00 and walked around for just fifteen minutes. It's gorgeous and fancy and quite the world. I just walked along the paths and around the buildings. I saw way more parked cars than people. The Alpine Loop Drive was one of the most gorgeous I've. It has switchbacks and loops that never end though and no center lines or shoulders. After all the fancy Sundance related roads and buildings, it is a fee area unless you are just using it as a through-way. I just enjoyed the road and all the views and huge aspen trees. As the road straightened out a bit I parked at Timpanogos cave National Monument at 3:00. I didn't have time to explore a whole big cave so I just waled around and got the brochure. I texted AJ, my CS host in Ogden for the night, and left at 3:15. I took 92 all the way west through road work in Highland to I-15. I saw more lightening to the east. I've realizzed I only like lightening when I'm in ca cozy house. 15 North was very busy and the strong wind was blowing dust, tumbleweeds and trash across the freeway.

AJ called me after I was north of Salt Lake City. Apparently addresses are really weird in Utah, often grid-like with just directions and numbers. Soon I was going north on 89 into Ogden. I stopped at a Starbucksand caught up online for 10 minutes and looked at my google map, which looked correct. GPS was telling me the opposite direction. A few minutes later I was pretty sure I was on her street. I called and she came outside at 4:45. I went inside and she gave me the tour. It was a nice house. We sat at the counter and ate tanerines and plums and I had a glass of milk. She loves to ski and travel and knows how cool couchsurfing is, though I am her first overnight surfer. Her husband is not big on the idea, so I won't say more. At 5:30 she had stuff to do and let me do my own thing. I got my backpack and relaxed in my room upstairs. I just caught up online, traced my route, watched a show and wrote. I thought about going downstairs around 7:00 but I didn't hear or see anyone and the house was dark. I went down at 8:00 and got a tangerine and a granola bar. I called and talked to Spencer for a few minutes and then got a message from my CS host in Boise. I was glad to be all done with planning for this long trip of mine.

I went downstairs at 8:30 when I head someone, and met Jerry. He's a cardiologist and had been sleeping after a really long shift. He and AJ are a lovely thirty-something professional couple. They are both from the midwest, love Utah, skiing and travel and are not Mormon. He was making dinner. He prepared a second lettuce tomato, salad  with pesto for me. We had wine and then spinach ravioli with pesto. I had fun talking with him about travel, work, family and Utah. AJ got home after 9:00 and we all just talked in the kitchen and had some more wine. They said I was welcome back anytime and they offered their extra skis. I'd love for them to visit as well. I got their network password for a faster connection and the made sure I had everything. We all said goodnight and goodbye at 10:30.They were both leaving early in the morning, but I could leave whenever. I was up until 12:30.
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