Traveling From Brian Head, UT to Moab, UT! Huh? (Utah) “DAY 160” – 12/11/10

December 12, 2010 - 1:15 am - (Utah) “DAY 160”

When I woke today, I knew I was actually leaving, so I did some writing then packed up my things and hit the road for Moab, Utah.  I’m stopping in Moab because it is in between here (Brian Head) and Albuquerque, NM (almost half way).

Also, Jeremy told me he stopped there during one of his trips, so that’s how I even knew it existed.  And... there is a hostel there called the Lazy Lizard which is just $10 a night.  So... Moab it is! 🙂

Traveling From Brian Head, Utah to Moab, Utah
The drive from Brain Head to Moab is just over 4 hours long.  The route I’m driving takes me directly across the entire state of Utah (through the middle) so I should get a good idea of what Utah is all about (scenery wise).  🙂

My drive started in the snowy mountains of Brain Head but before I knew it, I was basically driving through the desert.  But, this wasn’t any type of desert I had ever seen before, this was completely different.  Huh?

It was a desert because it was baron as can be, but on the other hand, it had the most amazing looking mountains; whether they were snow capped or just multi-colored, they were like nothing I had ever seen before.

Some of the mountains were so detailed in shape, you’d a thought that somebody actually carved them out by hand.  For instance, take this picture to the left, doesn’t it look like something that could be on the cover “Playgirl Magazine”. 😉 LOL

Other than the unbelievable scenery that Utah had to offer, there wasn’t much else.  I really mean there wasn’t much else at all.  I can honestly say, I think I only passed about 4 towns during the whole drive across the state.  It was that inhabitable I guess.

I wish I had more to write about the drive because I took so many great pictures of Utah’s beautiful and unique landscapes.  But, it was just a normal ride as I arrived in Moab in just over 4 hours as I was expected to.

Checking Out The Hostel
As I pulled into Moab, I was relieved to see that it was an actual town with stores and everything. 😉  Honestly, as I drove through the town (about 7 miles long), I could tell it was vacation destination as I saw at least 10-15 different hotels on the main drag (all had discounted rates posted).

It was good to see I had options but I was heading to the Hostel (Lazy Lizard) where it’s only $10 a night.  (I don’t think I’ll find anything better than that.) 🙂  None-the-less, on my drive to the hostel, I still took note of other places I could stay.

December 13, 9:30 am - (Utah) “DAY 160” Cont’d
The Lazy Lizard

I arrived at the Lazy Lizard and it didn’t take long to realize why it was just $10 a night.  This Hostel is run down and filled with dirty homeless hippie types.  I know... I know... I’m becoming one of those homeless hippies but... I’m not there yet. 😉

After walking around the entire property, I was now sure I didn’t want to stay here, even if it was just $10 a night.  (It actually cost more than that if you wanted shower, showers cost $3).  So I got back in my car and drove around town looking for better overall deal.

Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop
Before I started my search for a room, I saw a meat store that I had to stop in.  I know I don’t have anywhere to cook anything but still... I was curious to see what type of beef they had in Moab, Utah.

I walked in the store and there were different types of meat in the fridge. They had elk, buffalo, and a few other types as well.  I kept looking around when the lady behind the counter asked me if I like beef jerky.

I said yes and told her I was from NJ traveling around the country writing about my life.  She was real sweet and said, “Then you have to try out Jerky.”, as she handed me a piece.  It was real good but expensive, so I thanked her and went back to my room search.  Thank you! 🙂

Finding A Room
After filling up on Jerky, I drove around town and stopped in a few different hotels to check prices (they were mostly $45 for the night).  That is just a little to much for me to pay, so I kept looking until I found a better deal.  (Heck, this town has 20 hotels and no tourists are here, somebody has to give me a deal!)

Kokopelli Lodge
I stopped in about 4 places before I finally arrived at the Kokpelli Lodge.  I walked in and the lady I spoke with was the owner of the property.  Nice! (This lady can make a deal because she owns the place, the other people I was dealing with worked for the owner of whatever place, so they didn’t have any say.)

Anyway, I told the lady my story and after chit-chatting for a few minutes, she agreed to give me the room for $30 flat.  Thank you!  That’s a price I’m OK with, although for the big picture... it’s still a little pricey. 😉

My Room
My room was cozy and comfortable as it had everything I needed; a big clean bed, free Wi-fi, a TV with cable, and the other usually amenities.  I now had a room and it was just 6 pm on Saturday night, so I hit the town looking for something to do.

Art Show
Around the corner from where I was staying was a art gallery show.  Basically, there were about 4 or 5 art stores that were serving wine and cheese while you browsed around looking at different painting or artwork.

This isn’t my cup of tea so after looking around each store briefly, I stopped in a costume shop and goofed around a little bit.  The lady who owned the store was from Long Island, so we talked about home before she gave me the low-down on the Moab bar scene.

Hitting The Bars
It was just 8 pm, so I waited until after 10 pm and then went out to see what was happening in Moab.  Now, let’s play a game... I’ll let you take a guess at what was happening in Moab, Ut on Saturday night in December.  Ok, you guess yet???

The answer... I’m sure you guessed it... NOTHING!  Yes, the three bars they had in town were open but... each placed seemed like a mirror image of the other.  Each bar had 5 older drunk dudes and then one beat up looking drunk chick with them. 😉  Crazy!

It didn’t take long for me to realize this wasn’t my scene either (I don’t like drinking just to drink), so I called it a night around mid-night and went back to the room.

Calling it A Day
When I got back to room, I talked on the phone with Jeremy as I watched more Hallmark channel X-Mas movies (they are good!).  I crashed at 2 am which was good because in the morning, I have a 6 hour drive to Albuquerque, NM where I’ll be spending the week!

To the left, is just one of many pictures I wanted to show you in this post. There are many more too, the Utah scenery was just amazing!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. DAD says:

    We’ve spoken many times since your last post and I know your days behind and in NM.I turned on a new reader today and she even watched your college video.
    You were a hit.

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