Photo Essay: The road from Green River to Salina

Friday, September 29 (continued)

The Perfect Tow Vehicle tows the Best Little Trailer out of Lower Gray Canyon Campground.

One last glance at the beach.

Reggie, Roger, and I rumble down Hastings Road.

One last look at the river and the monuments.

We roll into the town of Green River.

Oh, there’s the melon stand up ahead.  Should I?  Should I?  

Aww . . . What the heck!

I turn the wheel and into the parking lot we go.  Soon I’m carrying two precious Crenshaws — green ones — to store in the BLT.  Inside I wrap them individually in towels and gently place them on the floor of the bathroom.

I climb into the PTV.

“Okay, crew.  We’re going to Salina!”

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The following photos are from my Dirty Windshield Collection.  

Interstate 70 from Green River to Salina (or from Salina to Green River) is among my favorite sections of road.

In order to share it with you, I hold up my camera in front and to the right of me and take photos of what I see as I drive.

(Do not chastise me for this.  My actions are no more dangerous than sipping a beverage while driving.)

Today’s photo road trip begins with the San Rafael Reef!

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We’re almost there!

Can you guess where our new camp is?

Here’s a hint . . . It sounds like this:



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148 Responses to Photo Essay: The road from Green River to Salina

  1. Kevin in CO says:


    • rvsueandcrew says:


    • Kevin in CO says:

      I70 in Utah is one of the only interstate sections that I enjoy driving, unless its windy… Nice photos and nice post. I have been enjoying your travels this year, the interesting camping locations around Montana, and now the road south. Safe travels Sue and crew.

  2. Georgina Lentini says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing. I’m working in Green River next year. Now I really can’t wait.

  3. Linda from Oregon says:

    You always take such wonderful photos. Thank you.

  4. milliehubbard says:

    Top five!! Dang, work sure gets in the way of my blog reading 🙂

    Now to go back and actually read the blog!!

  5. Vicki says:

    Really great photos , very hard to get such good pictures from a moving vehicle … awesome. Thanks for sharing

  6. weather says:

    Is your new camp in the national forest campground, Falls Campground?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather!

      You may be thinking of the correct campground, but that’s not the name. Falls Campground is located in Wyoming between Dubois and Togwotee Pass.

    • weather says:

      Oops, I misunderstood the hint. When you wrote ” it sounds like this”, you meant what one hears when there, I thought of names of places that sounded like what I saw in the photo-waterfalls, without paying attention to a location.

      What a spectacular stretch of highway, wow! The clouds added to how beautiful some of the views were that day. The fourth photo is a good example. If an artist was painting the scene they would fill in the top left part that way to balance it, rather than just have a plain blue sky.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, that solves a mystery… You thought it was a rhyming hint. It surprised me that you didn’t guess correctly since you are very familiar with my posts and camps and you are good at solving things.

        Interstate 70 is a pleasant drive. Not only are the scenes “spectacular,” but the way they appear, one right after another. We stopped at only one overlook, the one where the crew looks out the window, because I didn’t want to interrupt the feeling of floating through a wonderland. Yes, another cloud here or there for the artist… I was glad to drive under those blue skies after the stormy yesterday.

        I hope you are having a great week, weather. It made me happy that you and your granddaughter love each other’s company. 🙂

        • weather says:

          Thanks,Sue,it’s been a good week. Do you expect a peaceful weekend where you are?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I expect a very peaceful weekend, weather. Thanks for asking. In our present camp, we are wrapped in sweet solitude. It’s so peaceful here that I’m having a hard time finishing a post! 🙂

  7. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    WS have travelled that road and loved every inch of it! Thanks for the wonderful photographs to bring back the memories! Ha !I’ve to see Roger co-piloting from the passenger window! THANKS for the rock monuments!!!!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      F.F.F. Fat Fumble Fingers strike again! Hahaha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Roger has a new thing he does…. After whining for a few miles and staring out the passenger window for many more, he turns and sits staring at me for more miles. Then I realize he’s sitting next to me when he places his chin on the crook of my elbow. He rests his head there while I drive. Sometimes I look down at his face and he looks up with a big grin and sparkling eyes.

      Reggie, on the other hand, takes a nap. 🙂

      Glad to bring back memories of the road for you….

  8. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    You are truly blessed to get to live and wander around in such wonderful places. Have fun and stay warm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Reine. Thanks for keeping in touch all these years. Best wishes always to you and Paul.

  9. Susan in Dallas says:

    Wow, the photos just keep getting better as I scrolled down. It’s always nice to have some help with the driving. Sounds silly, but I just wonder what Reggie and Roger are thinking as they look out the window.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Maybe Reggie and Roger are thinking, “Is this where we live now?”

      I’m pleased you like the photos. Thanks for the compliment.

  10. Jean in Southaven says:

    I love the pictures. It has been a long time since I made that trip and I had forgotten what it looked like. Amazing isn’t it?

    Such a sweet story about Roger and you. I know he is probably still wondering how he got so lucky being adopted by you and Reggie. I am so proud for him and for you. Thank you for this post and the pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jean. I enjoying reviving memories of beautiful places for my readers, like you.

  11. Jean in Southaven says:

    The story I was talking about is in the comments just above my post. It is not in the post. I should have clarified that in the comment.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I knew what you were referring to. 🙂 Those times when Roger rests his chin so lightly on my arm while I drive are sweet. We go many miles like that. Sometimes I give him a head-lock hug. 🙂

      • Barbara from Camano Is. says:

        That is so sweet. How blessed we are to have furry creatures in our lives. And the pictures are wonderful! Thanks.

  12. Ken McElyea says:

    I love the pictures. I just took a miniature “road trip.” I am going to guess – Cold Springs?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ken,

      I’m glad you “love the pictures.”

      Nope, not Cold Springs. Now you have me wondering where Cold Springs is. I’ve heard of it, can’t place it.

  13. Linda Rose, Muffin, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    You do a great job of taking windshield pictures. When I try to do it (safely of course) they always turn out wonky. Hugs to you and the 2 R’s from me and the 3 M’s.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda Rose. My pics turn out “wonky,” too. The secret is taking out the wonk-wonk in editing.

      Hugs back at ya’ from me and the boys…

  14. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Saw some snow in them thar hills…wow…might get a bit chilly now eh? Glad you are having fun Sue, with the fur babies and travel and all!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Thanks for another nice note. Yeah, snow on the mountaintops…. Pretty from afar but I wouldn’t want to live up there!

  15. Glinda says:

    WOW! Sure enjoyed the photoes.
    Can’t wait to see where you are camping.
    Have a blessed day!
    Glinda from Tx.

  16. Rochelle in IN says:

    Oooohhhh – waterfall – I love waterfalls! Looking forward to the big reveal of your next camping spot. Be on the lookout for a Ford Explorer automotive touch-up paint kit on your Amazon report – I just now ordered it. 5 months old and 5,00 miles before our first “ding”. Looks like we got a small rock chip – it went down to bare metal, so a repair is in order.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rochelle,

      Gee, too bad about the chip in your Explorer’s paint. Good news for me in the Amazon report though… :)….. I see your order. Thanks a bunch!

      • ReneeG from Idaho says:

        I ordered a die cut about two weeks ago using Amazon from the links on your site. Did you see it?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, I believe I did. Another reader ordered some die cuts and then after a while I saw another die cut. I think it was a border design.

          Thank you, Renee. Every order is appreciated.

          • ReneeG from Idaho says:

            You’re welcome, Sue. I’m trying to go through you when I need (or want) something.

          • Rochelle in IN says:

            I’m at it again – look for another order with a mish-mash of stuff, including dog meds, games & a FitBit charger. I predict your sales will really pick up as we head into the holidays!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Rochelle,

              Thank you! I assume your order was today, Oct. 20. Is that correct? I see a Jenga game.

  17. Sharon in MO says:

    I love driving through that area too. The cliffs and rock formations are so fascinating! Glad you had a safe trip.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Sharon. Whenever I hear someone say they hate interstate driving (which I’ve been known to say, too), I think of I-70 between Green River and Salina.

  18. JoanneG from San Rafael says:

    Great photos of one of my favorite roads!

  19. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Gorgeous pictures Sue. Thanks for sharing! Sure wish I was on that highway now.

  20. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue,
    OK, you got me. I’m going to guess Maple Grove or Gooseberry!
    What do I win?? Have Fun, Stay Safe & Warm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! When I wrote this post I thought, “If anyone can guess this camp, it’s FloridaScott.”

      Yes, it’s Maple Grove (no waterfall at Gooseberry)….

      Your prize is the thrill of being right.

      • FloridaScott says:

        Yea! I Won! Many times I’ll try to guess your next camp and occasionally that’s exactly where you go. Other times I’m completely wrong and you go in the opposite direction. So that means you are predictably totally unpredictable! Ha! Enjoying your blog as I always have. Makes me Smile!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, seeing as I can’t predict where I’ll go, it’s a wonder that you do some of the time.

          Keep smiling, Scott!

  21. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Won’t know until we get there! Mountains are beautiful…
    Great photos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules! Yes, the mountains are beautiful… I’m ready to see some Arizona sunsets….

  22. Tamara and Honeybear says:

    Those picture are spectacular! My jaw was open the entire time I was looking.
    Thank you.

  23. Glad you had a good day for travel AND melons to boot. Good pictures today. I hope the new camp is as nice and peaceful as the last.

  24. Deena in Phoenix says:

    WOW, a study of GEOLOGY on the I70 through the windshield and your blog…Sue, thank you…glad you are near the water again…so soothing.

    Love the cute photo of the Boys in the little mirror! It is my new screen.

    Take Care

  25. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Beautiful scenery what I wouldn’t give to see it in person.

  26. Diann in MT says:

    Awesome photography, Sue. And, congratulations, Florida Scott!

  27. aerolite Steve says:

    Instantly recognized it as Maple Grove … but I’m over 2 hours late. 🙁 Missed visiting the place this year 🙁 Enjoy it for all of us, OK?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, you were the one who told me you camped at Maple Grove! I thought it was FloridaScott. Yes, you would recognize that waterfall. 🙂

  28. Joe Bruner says:

    OMG! The pictures are awesome. Helen (adorable wife) yells at me when I take windshield pictures, but even when I get away with it, I’m not as good. I may have got in here a little late, but I enjoyed the pictures as much as anyone else. Thanks for taking us along.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Joe. You’re never too late to my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

      I almost always operate my camera on the “automatic” setting. I think it must have a Dirty Window Sensor that tells it to clean the windshield first.

  29. rvsueandcrew says:

    Does anyone see the face in the rock in photo #15? (Slower traffic keep right)

  30. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Sue thank you for all of the beautiful pictures. Don’t you just love the editing process. Remember back about 40 years ago when all we had were cameras where we took the film to the processors and waited a week for about 24 pictures, paid an arm and leg for the development and got maybe one good picture! Can’t wait to see your new to me camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ruthie,

      Those were NOT the good ol’ days. I rarely took photos back then. It’s so easy now. If you mess up, you can probably fix it in editing. My favorite thing to do is take a blah photo, find something good in it, crop away the bad stuff so what’s left is another photo… Some of my favorite pics were made that way.

      The photo of Reg and Rog at the very end, next to the stream, was part of a much larger scene.

  31. Hyla Mess says:

    Thank you for all of the pictures. They make me feel like I am right there. Beautiful country.

  32. Hi RVSue
    Wow! I have to say that even if someone doesn’t believe in a God, they have to agree that mother nature has done an awesome job of creating such beautiful scenery for us to appreciate.
    You must be feeling sad to be leaving such a beautiful area.
    Enjoy the rest of your southerly trail.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sue,

      I know what you mean. We have been given a wonderful world! Oh, I don’t feel sad about leaving the area. There are more delights wherever we go… Wait ’til you see photos of this new camp! 🙂

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    These are the most stunning rock formations. I love these photos. Another day of yearning for the RV life. Wish my darn husband would cooperate and get some pep in his step.
    We just got back from Cincinnati for his mom’s funeral. She lived a nice long life, just 3 months short of 90. She has had some health issues these last few years, but kept hanging in there. It is very sad and heartbreaking that she is gone. She was the salt of the earth and will be greatly missed.
    Guess I better get ready for bed. I am beat from all the driving up on Sunday early am and back on Monday afternoon.
    On a happier note, all the family got to meet Angel. She just ate up all the attention and sniffing out new places. We stopped at a couple of rest areas and we had to walk the paths for investigative purposes. She just had herself a big time. This was the longest trip we have had with her. She sleeps while driving, but when we stop, she is ready to go.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I am sorry for your loss, Barbara. **hugs**

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Sue.
        I too think I picked out a really good pal. Angel has been good for both of us, but she is definitely my dog, probably because I am her slave, feed her, walk her, play chase with her, give her meds and treats, of course. haha!
        Just love that sweet face, but she does look a lot like Reggie.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Denise. She will be missed. She was like my second mom after my own passed away in 1989.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Barbara…

      I’m sorry for your loss.

      I’m running out of charge and will return later as I want to say more to you and others… Bye for now…

      • rvsueandcrew says:


        Good dog, Angel! Well, Barb, Angel has shown she is qualified to be your canine crew. You did well in choosing her and she did well in choosing you. 🙂

  34. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    What an amazing drive! Are all those rock formations in protected areas like parks or something? Or can you get up close to them?
    I love it when you share little bits about the boys. Have you noticed any difference in Rogers behavior since he was neutered? Take care of yourself with melons or whatever! Have you gotten a flu shot?

  35. MelindaK (back in Central TX) says:

    Sue, beautiful photos! You have me wanting to visit Utah. I saw the face in the photo with the traffic sign. Amazing how nature’s features can mimic other things. Thank you for the road trip.

  36. I love going the other direction on that drive, especially in the late afternoon when everything is glowing. It’s like a 90-mile geology lesson where you go down, down, down through the layers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, the other direction is gorgeous, too… and with late afternoon glow it must be jaw-dropping…

  37. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for sharing the pictures – absolutely gorgeous! Dirty windshield?! I did not notice! Love the picture of the boys at the window! In photo #16, that fluffy cloud looks like a puff of cotton candy, freed from its stick! I love when “we” travel in Utah! 🙂

    I had to turn on the heat tonight to take away the chill. No frost this AM, but still chilly…35. Mother Nature has put on her multi-colored sweater. The Fall leaf color is very pretty this year.

    Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! I hope you got to soak your toes in the water! Safe travels! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Denise. Glad you liked the photos. 🙂

      No, we didn’t soak our toes in the water. Too cold! Reg and Rog wore their fleece vests most of the time we were at this camp.

      I love how you interpreted the pic — cotton candy freed from its stick!

      Love and hugs to you and Gracie pup!

  38. Jo in OR new furbaby mom! says:

    Beautiful photos of your drive. As you said above, the pics of the boys steal the scenery shots.
    Exactly one week ago we adopted the sweetest little dolly girl. She is around one, 6 lbs the Oregon Dog Rescue named her Vanna. We’re taking our time on possibly renaming her. It was LOVE at first sight of her picture. Met her the next day and knew she belonged in our family just my husband and two bantam hens. She’s a perfect therapy pup.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hooray for you, Jo, and your husband and your little girl (oh and the hens, too)! You are having a great time getting to know each other, I’m sure. Wishing you much fun and happiness together!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Congrats on you new family member. Since I am a “Wheel of Fortune” fan I could not imagine naming my dog Vanna, but to each her own. Any idea what breed she is?

  39. Eileen says:

    The scenery is absolutely exquisite!

  40. Terri in Tx It's cool again! says:

    Can’t say much that others haven’t already said! Just fantastic photos and cute pups! Who could ask for anything more! Continue to take care. 😁


  41. leilani says:

    Ha! I tuned back to this blog just in the nick of time. This is the first time there for Reggie & Roger, right?

    Glad to see the new crew will at last get to visit beautiful Maple Grove together, since that area always seemed to me to serve as the Best Little Trailer’s unofficial home base.

    It does make a reader wistful for the old crew when you search Google images for pictures of Maple Grove & Bridget & Spike pop up, but it’s high time the new crew members dipped their paws in Ivie Creek and get their own pics to pop up in Google searches of that area.

    • leilani says:

      PS) I just hope the boys got there in the nick of time too – at least for our (the readers’) sake – while the leaves are still sporting autumn’s Technicolor glory around there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, leilani,

      I’ll never forget how happy Spike was when he first saw Ivie Creek. Immediately he went in for a soak. While we camped next to the creek, he would take off now and then to lie down in the cold water. I returned to Maple Grove with Bridget. Yes, it’s time for Rog and Reg to walk in their paw-steps. 🙂

  42. Tesaje says:

    It was at a rest stop on that road where I over heard a guy say, they should call Utah the eroded state.

    It is a spectacular and isolated stretch of road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Eroded sounds like it’s deteriorating. I like the “elevated” state…. a la San Rafael Swell. 🙂

  43. Anna from NC says:

    Stunning photos! Gosh, you do a great one-handed job of taking those photos!
    I love ‘traveling’ with you!

  44. Ann in Tacoma says:

    Hi Sue,
    I absolutely love the photos and descriptions in all of your posts and am continually reminded that your posts make me want to go places I never thought I’d want to go, places I thought I would avoid! How silly of me.
    Also, just a word to the wise, in the State of Washington, holding ANY kind of electronic device while driving, including a camera, is illegal .. and they do enforce it. Even having a cell phone or other device on your lap or on the center console, or on the seat next to you, etc, even if you aren’t holding it, is illegal. The device must be mounted in a fixed carrier on the dash .. no video allowed to be playing .. “minimal” use by a finger is allowed .. nothing else. It’s called the Distracted Driving Law and seems a really good idea.
    And, that being said, I can’t count the number of times I’ve taken photos while driving with the car/truck moving. I’ve even been known to take video. (Of course, I have not done that since the law was passed .. wink, wink.) So I’m not criticizing, just informing. For those who drive in the State of Washington, this is just a head’s up.
    I’m heading to Deception Pass State Park in a week or so for one full week .. can’t hardly wait. Hugs and pets to the pups. Thanks Sue!

  45. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    Sue, you had given us a url by Cornell Univ. for identifying birds. I downloaded the app. Today I received an offer for a free course in identifying birds by size and shape. I thought some of your blogerinos might want to take advantage of this. Hugs,to the boys. Take care.

  46. Carol says:

    Wow. If that is through the dirty windshield, I want a camera like yours! Beautiful pics!

  47. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Kansas? Are you headed to Kansas? I’m not sure why but I never imagined you going to Kansas, because it seems you’re always in the West. But I googled “Salina” and can’t find another city by that name, except in New York and I’m almost positive you wouldn’t go to NY this time of year. And 70 goes thru Kansas, so I guess that’s where you’re going. I’m excited to see something new – although I’ve been loving the Utah photos. It’s such magnificent scenery! Love the observation about R&R walking in Spike and Bridge’s “paw-steps.” Made me tear up – with happy tears 🙂

  48. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    OK, please do not laugh out loud at me. Of course you wouldn’t go to Kansas. I’m not insulting anyone who loves or lives in Kansas – it just doesn’t seem like your kind of camping place. So I went back and googled Salina, Utah and sure enough – there is one!!! For some reason, it didn’t come up the first time I googled. So …. thanks to you Sue, I learned today there is a Salina in Utah, Kansas, and New York!!

  49. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Hey Sue, my husband created a wish list on Amazon of RV misc stuff and was showing me, so I asked him to be sure to come to your site, and click on the Amazon links before ordering and he did. He placed a pretty good sized order of various things.

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