This truck was parked outside of the Moab library. The sign on the back reads “French Family Across America”.
It has been very cold. I went to Natural Bridges, and was chased out by blowing snow. Lots of hiking to see the natural bridges, blown by frigid wind. I was enchanted by the buffalo bush near where I was camped. Thick, curled leaves, tiny yellow flowers. Used by Native Americans to flavor buffalo meat.
I look like a mountain climber … very tanned hands and face. The rest is pasty white. The unrelenting wind and cold have discouraged me. I have spent days inside the truck, wrapped up in sweaters, puffy jackets and sleeping bags.
Had only two days of real meals. The breakfast was the easiest. I put 2 eggs in the water while I heated it up for coffee.The rest of the time it was so windy and cold I just huddled in the sleeping bags and ate granola bars. Still caught a wicked cold and have coughed my way to a hotel room for warmth and recovery. It works within the budget. At least for one night. I robbed the food budget (only spent $47 of allotted $120) and the gas budget (only spent $88.12 of the $152) to pay for the room. So thankful for hot shower and warm room. I embarrassed myself by cranking up the room temperature to 75!
Am next headed to New Mexico, Gallup then Quemado for some camping in the Gila National Forest. Am looking for sun and warmth to clear up this darn cough/cold.