Las Vegas often becomes a starting point for my vacations, and once again, I had ended up here. To be honest, it wasn’t the best place to begin and end a trip across Utah and Colorado. Denver or Salt Lake City would have been better. But, as I made last-minute plans, Vegas had the cheapest ticket and the most reasonable rental car rates. So, I flew into the desert, rented my car…
… and promptly drove to the In-N-Out Burger near The Strip, for my vacation’s inaugural meal. Those of you who live out west probably don’t understand how wonderful it is to bite into a Double Double, when the nearest In-N-Out to your home is at least 1,500 miles away.
I had arrived in Las Vegas in mid-afternoon, and I knew I needed to drive a few hours in order to stay on schedule. Day 2 was going to be driving-intensive, as well, so I wanted to get as far up Interstate 15 as possible before quitting for the night. It’s not easy to fly for 8 hours (counting airport time), then drive for 4 hours, but this time, that’s what I needed to do.
By the time I reached Parowan, Utah, the sun was setting beautifully, and I scrambled to find a location for a suitable picture.
This was the best I could do: a farm, near a gas station, somewhere around Exit 78. I only had to drive about 30 more miles before ending the day in Beaver, Utah, where I settled into the Eagles Landing Motel, a surprisingly nice, new building with a check-in counter across the street, in a gas station.
Here’s the Drivelapse video of the drive from Las Vegas to the Arizona/Nevada Border…
… through the Arizona Strip to St. George…
… and from St. George to the sunset in Parowan.
I’d show you the rest of the video, but it’s too dark to see anything other than headlights and road signs.