We managed to linger on the beach in San Felipe until we only had 3 days to get back to Winter Park for the start of Bode’s ski team season. We really wanted to make sure we had our fill of beach time to tide us over all winter.
Day one was nothing but driving. First, we tried a new border and crossed at Los Algodones. This town supposedly has the largest concentration of dentists in the world. There isn’t much to it – just dental offices, restaurants and junk shops crowded up against the border. On the other side of the fence is a giant parking lot full of American cars. They park, walk across the border, get their fillings done cheap, have a margarita and walk back across the border. I guess.
We kept the pedal down and made it up to somewhere near Camp Verde, Arizona before calling it a night on some BLM land. Not too bad for a day that included a border.
The next day, we made a stop at Navajo National Monument to check out the cliff dwellings and pick up another junior ranger badge. The rest of the day’s drive was pretty leisurely, even taking the time to cruise through Valley of the Gods. We made it to Moab right at dusk and pulled in to camp on the Colorado river. From here, we could see the snowy Rockies.
The bus held up pretty well, with only a broken accelerator pedal to slow us down a bit.