Moki Dugway (Hwy 261), Utah

May 16, 2009 Categories Road Trips, Travel, USA

The Moki Dugway is an unpaved, 3 mile long, steeply graded switchback road that traverses up the side of Cedar Mesa in Utah. It’s part of Highway 261, which is a paved road, however this 3 mile section of road is just gravel. It was built in 1958 by a mining company to transport uranium! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any super powers by driving on it, but with an elevation of 6,425 ft at the top, you are able to get a wide view into the Valley of the Gods.

Did I mention that it’s narrow? And has no guard rails to stop you from going over the edge? It gets pretty freaky being on the edge side when a larger vehicle is coming at you. This is a cool road with some awesome views. It’s one of the many things I loved about Utah.

Hwy 82, New Mexico

May 15, 2009 Categories Road Trips, Travel, USA

Driving along on Highway 82 in New Mexico was one of my favorite days during my 2009 “Wild, Wild West” road trip. A storm was forming and the road was directly on the edge of it, giving us sunshine on one side of the car and rain drops on the other. It was so beautiful, I had to stop and take pictures. We ate lunch, resting against the car and staring out at the vast and barren beauty that is New Mexico.

White Sands, New Mexico

Categories Travel, USA

White Sands, New Mexico is probably one of the biggest sand boxes (cat toilets) you’ll ever play in. With 275 miles of gypsum sand, this is one of the coolest deserts there is – literally and figuratively. It’s cool to look at and cool to the touch because the gypsum sand doesn’t convert the sun’s energy into heat like quartz-based sand does. So that means you can not only walk on it barefoot, but if you’re an idiot like me, you can also make a sand angel (and yes, it’s as bad of an idea as it sounds).