Roving Retrievers-Tails and Trails
A “tail” of two Golden Retrievers (and their humans)as they travel west:
Day 17, Boulder, CO-Moab, UT 361 miles, 6 hours 10 min.
Today was scheduled to be our last full day in Boulder. We had much planned for our last day in town. We woke up to a less than favorable weather forecast for Friday so after considering our options, we decided to depart as quickly as possible today. Forecast for tonight and all day tomorrow were for heavy mountain snow along our entire route to Moab. In reality the weather man made our decision, not us, now it was time to react. Our primary mission, get the dogs ready for a 6 hour car ride. We had much to do in order to prepare, wash clothes, pack, clean the car, put the bike rack on, load the bikes, clean the rental unit, run to Costco to pick up items we needed before we left town. Tons to do and we wanted to be on the road by noon.
We woke early today so we were ahead of the game. We killed two birds with one stone we walked the dogs to Starbucks. Coffee, dog walk-check.
We texted Michelle to tell her our change of plans. Bummer but if we didn’t get out ahead of the storm who knows what would have happened as it is very common to shut down the interstate during heavy snowstorms. If the interstate was kept open, travel guaranteed to be slow easily doubling our travel time. The dogs have been great in the car but turning a six hour car ride in to ten or even twelve hour car ride would have been unfair. So let’s get going.
Sue and I came up with a plan and we got moving. We were even able to make a quick stop at Michelle’s office to get our final hugs and good-byes behind us, all made easier knowing we will be back soon. Our timeline of leaving by noon slightly tight, we pulled out by 12:40. The sky’s were blue, the temps ideal. Sue and I determined it was the second nicest weather day since arriving in Boulder, hard to imagine it was all to change within the next twelve hours.
Our first goal driving was to get to Avon, CO ahead of the storm. We reached Avon, the sky was overcast but no rain or snow. I had hoped to reach the halfway point of our drive before we stopped for fuel and a dog walk but that wasn’t going to happen. Bobby was growing impatient in the car, he needed to burn off some energy and if we drove much further, we would have been in bad weather so we stopped in Glenwood Springs to let the boys out.
After fueling we found a great park in town which was situated along the Colorado River. Bobby literally jumped out of the car and ran all over the park. The snow on the ground was probably six inches deep, he ran and had a blast. MJ got out of the car, ran to the snow and rolled around and around. Sue fed the dogs, as usual Bobby inhaled his food, MJ sniffed at his and eventually turned away. We left the food out but MJ decided he didn’t want to eat tonight. Back in the dog food bag with MJ’s dinner, Bobby watching, drooling, not comprehending.
As soon as we got back on the road it started to rain. We drove in pouring rain for about 1 ½ hours before the weather started to clear. Happy to finally get out of the rain as the temperatures were almost at freezing, we continued on and made up for lost time. We arrived in Moab, UT and even though it was dark you could tell this was a very special place.
Sue found our rental through Airbnb…Kokopelli Modern Cabins. Please click on this link to check this place out. It is AWESOME! It is as dog friendly as any place I could ever imagine. We have an almost brand-new cabin which has a queen bed and bunk beds. An efficiency kitchen with all the essentials you’ll need to get through the day. Tall ceilings, TV, cable and wifi. As I write this I am sitting in bed…it’s extremely comfortable. The best part, all we have to do is open the door to let the dogs go out to do their thing. There is a common area to be shared by each cabin, (10), tables, chairs, gas grill, and a hot tub. Most importantly…a place for the dogs to go do their thing and they can do it unsupervised as there is a fence around the entire complex. This very well may be the best, most dog friendly place we will come across.
We arrived before 7:00 pm, the dogs clearly pleased with Sue’s choice for accommodations. While Sue and I unpacked and got situated the boys scouted out their new surroundings. All you had to do was look at them to know they were happy to be here.
While we may have lost a day in Boulder we gained a day of fun in Moab. We plan on exploring and hiking with the boys all day tomorrow. We’re all pretty tired now, if all goes as planned, we will all be exhausted tomorrow.