Day 6: Zig-zagging through Arizona and Utah | Cross-Country Morgan Retrieval

Part 6 of Cross-Country Morgan Retrieval.

Sight unseen, we bought a 1952 Morgan on the other side of the country. Now the fun part: Tim and Margie Suddard get to retrieve it.

We spent day six crisscrossing through northern Arizona and southern Utah while also traveling through one of the largest American Indian reservations. Members of the Navajo, Hopi and Ute Nations all live in this beautiful part of the world.

We stopped for lunch in Page, Arizona, home of Glen Canyon. Stunning does not begin to describe this area of the country. We spent most of the day oohing and ahhing at the incredible rock formations and twisty canyons.

We were surprised at how much more developed this area is compared to where we traveled on day five. We saw gas stations every 30-50 miles, and there was moderate traffic all day long. It was Sunday, July 4, and both boats and campers were being towed to and from Lake Powell. As with every body of water we’ve seen out here, the water level was particularly low—though that didn’t stop people from enjoying what water was left.

Utah and Arizona have more vegetation and are perhaps less stark than Nevada. And as we reached the Colorado border, it was as if a switch was pulled and we began seeing green meadows and actual forests.

We started to climb at the Colorado border and, at 8500 feet, reached Durango with no issues. We decided to splurge that night and stayed at the Strater Hotel. This Victorian inn was built in 1887 and is at the center of Durango’s historic section.

After wrestling with Independence Day traffic and a street party happening around us, we got the rig parked and headed to the Diamond Belle Saloon for a drink and a bite to eat.

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Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
7/11/21 1:00 a.m.

You went right by this...

Google "The Wave" +Vermillion

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
7/15/21 7:05 a.m.

We went right by pretty much everything, since we drove 8-14 hours every day except one--I shot most of these photos from a car moving at highway speeds. Reminded me of vacations with my dad at the helm: "Can we pleeeaaase stop?" "No! We have to make Knoxville!!"


Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
7/15/21 2:55 p.m.

I forgot you guys were on a not-a-vacation-vacation.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
7/15/21 5:49 p.m.

In reply to Jerry From LA :

Only way to do it...

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