Our first night on our May outing was spent in Holbrook, Arizona. We stayed in our first KOA campground. It offered some interesting food choices — we shared a New York strip dinner but didn’t take advantage of the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Several pieces of petrified wood added to the landscape. Holbrook is near many attractions, but the strip between two entrances/exits on I-40 was pretty desolate. We noted an Italian restaurant featuring a Cinco de Mayo menu.

Bluff

Bluff

Bluff, Utah is appropriately named. We were surprised by the quality of the recently reconstructed Bluff Fort. We learned that some 70 families were called to establish a presence in the southeastern part of the Utah territory. Instead of taking six weeks, the trip took six months. These pioneers used ingenuity to create a wagon path down a 1,200 foot drop in a Colorado River gorge crevice that they called the “hole-in-the-rock.” The call came from the President of the Church of Latter Day Saints, John Taylor. He is quoted as saying, “Love one another and work the works of righteousness, and look after the welfare of all, and seek to promote the happiness of all. That is what God is doing.” Currently, 13 families are serving as volunteers administering this place. They are serving as missionaries for eight months. We also discovered a small library on one of the town’s back streets. We enjoyed our stay at the Cottonwood RV Campground in Bluff.

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