Location: Ely, NV KOA of Ely This would be a pretty place to stay a few more days. The view of the valley and the mountains are awesome. Though the boys are ready for another wilderness camping experience and this is not it. The sites are level and large - filled with yet, more gravel. The well stocked campstore is filled with RV and fishing supplies. The kids enjoyed the playground and donkeys. The whole place was so neatly groomed.
Weather: Hot, Dry and Windy through the valley (high 80's) to Windy and Cold with Dark Clouds looming (high 50's-Low 60's) in Salt Lake City
Audio Book: Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary
We thought since we stayed hooked to the car we'd have an early take off, but instead we took our time with the morning routine and devotions before a departure of 9:15 a.m. The itinerary said we'd be in Salt Lake City in 4 hours. This would be perfect because we'd have plenty of time to get settled at the KOA in Salt Lake City and then tour the local copper mine. We had to do all this before picking N up at 4:30 p.m. and heading to the Great Salt Lake for the floating experience.
***L working on her maps. Car Schooling.
Sigh. The hours ticked by as we passed miles and miles of flat land - sometimes with shrub, sometimes with green fields, sometimes with salt flats and sometimes with sand dunes. Dust devils became common as the wind picked up and began to pull the camper around. The excitement today was seeing two real live cowboys rounding up a herd of cows, driving through some old mining towns that were full of character, photographing some unique trees by the roadside and eating lunch at a pulloff in the middle of a salt flat with the winds whipping around us.
***K&I stopped to photo some interesting trees outside of the Little Sahara Recreation Area. They appeared dead and there were hundreds of them on the hillside.
By 3 p.m. (we lost an hour with the change to Mountain Time) we realized we may not even make it to SLC before N's plane arrived! K's comment was, "Dad really does drive faster than you, doesn't he?"
Not only were we late to pick N up at the airport, we were directionally challenged as we tried to navigate around SLC to find our little KOA. By 6 p.m. we were rushing to get the camper unhooked so we could quickly drive to the Great Salt Lake to look, but not to float since it was 56 degrees! Brrr.. Another redirection came as we realized that our sick hitch crank to raise and lower the camper on and off the car became a dead crank. Now what were we going to do??? K went to the KOA office and they contacted a RV business that said they could get to us by the 19th. All the other businesses were closed. By this time I just wanted to cry. I went to the car, prayed and began looking through my KOA pamphlet for inspiration. An add for Mr. Moblie, an RV fix it man who comes to the camper, came to my eye. I called and he was there in 30 minutes offering hope that he'd fix the crank in the a.m. when the parts store opened. He helped us get the camper off the car so we could salvage the night.
**E&A in front of the Salt Lake City LDS Temple
Rumaging through the cupboards we were able to pull together a snacky dinner. Then we were off to explore the Temple Square in SLC. We racked our brains to remember the information about the founding of Salt Lake City from a library book we read months ago. J says we must have read that book when he wasn't there. Hmmm.. Arriving so late in the evening our tour was cut short but we were able to see the gardens and outsides of the buildings. We also enjoyed the exhibit in the Visitor's Center explaining how the temple was constructed. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a vision and minds set on excellence.
K reminded me in my frustration with the day that we have been able to see much of what we planned on this trip, so an occasional mishap day is o.k. Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.