It was leaving day for Destry’s family and for Elaine and me. They are returning to Gladstone OR, we are returning to Phoenix AZ. Taylor Dockter will be leaving soon for Missoula MT. So the Ogden family got together one last time for this visit, and had breakfast at The Viaduct Grill in Green River. This is where Johnna Ogden works and her daughter Tara does as well; Tara was our server this morning. The food was good and the company was excellent. We filled quite a table, as you can see in the photo!
Destry, Shane, Shauna, and John are Elaine’s kids. Rachel is married to Destry and Cora and Cody are their three-year-old twins. Casey is married to Shauna and Taylor is their daughter. Johnna is married to Shane. John is single. Greg Cable is a boyhood friend of the kids and was my stepson in a previous marriage and Kasia is Greg’s partner. Except for Destry’s family and Elaine and me, most of the rest live in Green River; Taylor lives in Missoula MT.
We left Green River around 9:45 after breakfast and headed down US 191. This is a different route than how we came up but we have traveled US 191 often. US 191 is a spur of US 91 that has two branches. The southern branch runs for 1,465 miles from Douglas AZ on the Mexican border to the southern part of Yellowstone National Park. The northern branch runs for 440 miles from the northern part of Yellowstone National Park to Loring MT, at the Canada–US border. I have driven several segments but never the whole thing. It is a very scenic route, having quite a variety of different settings. The part we are on with this trip includes some high desert lands, some mountain travel, and some colorful rock formations. Aside from wanting to see different scenery, part of the reason I chose this route back is to avoid traveling I-17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix on Labor Day afternoon; aside from a lot of traffic, there are often accidents or events that hold up traffic sometimes for hours.
“Do you like Blanding?” “I don’t know; I’ve never Blanded!” Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. We are staying in Blanding UT tonight because it is about halfway between Rock Springs WY and Phoenix. We have stayed here in our motorhome a couple of times.
We had dinner tonight at the Homestead Steak House, and both had good meals. I had the Navajo Taco, Elaine had a Rib Eye Steak. We each brought half or more as leftovers; we have a cool bag in the car and I bought some ice for it. We noticed Carrot Cake on the menu, so we also got two servings to go as well. A Navajo Taco is Navajo fry bread smothered with homemade chili, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and black olives along with homemade salsa and sour cream; delicious!
We made a pit stop at Flaming Gorge Dam and then in Roosevelt UT, where we also had lunch and got fuel. We made another pit stop in Moab UT and got snacks. We rolled into Blanding UT around 5:30, both tired and ready to be still. That meant about 7½ hours for today and we probably have at least that tomorrow.