So we left Dillon with a temperature of -14 but bright and sunny. As we travelled south, the sun continued, snow was very sparse, lots of brown grass. The mountain pass into Idaho was fine, very cloudy at the top but nothing that slowed down the speed limit of 75. Through Idaho, not much snow, another pass to get into Utah and on to Salt Lake City with the temperatures up to 7. Took us 1 1/2 hours to get through Salt Lake City and all its associated little subdivisions but again, traffic was sparse and we were able to keep the speed at the limit.
Either Montana, Idaho or Utah...help
Americans just would not believe driving on Hwy 2 between Calgary and Edmonton with all the traffic as we have been on an interstate 4 lane divided highway all the way and never have we yet to experience the same amount of traffic as Hwy 2. Actually, this morning it must have been at least 2 hours before a car passed us and at that point, we had only passed about 3. The highway is in fantastic condition only noisy in some places. Then after Salt Lake City, all the shit began....slight rain and then in the higher altitudes snow. I now know that Utah is made of the flat that Salt Lake is in and the rest is all mountains that you go up to the summit and down then up, then down...glad that state is behind us.
The start of the desert
We had anticipated staying in St. George, Utah tonight, however, just before we got there, the sun came blasting through the clouds at the horizon and we could see blue sky. Checking the map, we decided what the heck...on to Mesquite, Nevada. It was well worth the extra 40 minutes. After St. George, you go through the Virgin River Gorge...yes, it must be a virgin...the river was dry! But going through the gorge was just as magnificient in its own way as going through a pass in the Rockies.
It was pretty amazing how fast the dry bumpy grassy land changed within 10 miles to red desert sand with cacti growing all over. And the temperature......well, by the time we got to Mesquite at 5:30 (time change you know), it was +12. Lovely, I tell you. It feels so good to shed one coat and turn the heat off in the car!
After seeing approximately 30 (at the least) large overhead road sign boards advertising the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, we decided to be a tourist and stay overnight. Little did we realize that this city is a little Vegas, all the hotel/motels have big neon signs advertising casinos and everything else. So here we are at the Virgin Cove Casino, it is a gigantic complex with 7 buildings 3 stories each of guest rooms and they're all full I understand! Where does all the money come from???????? I gave them my $20 bucks and played for an hour so I'm happy!!
Virgin River Casino, Mesquite, Nevada
Tomorrow, we're going to be more touristy and go around Vegas and out to Boulder Dam and then down to Lake Havesu City and take our time. Now that we have found some more reasonable temperatures, we feel we can slow down.
Just saw Washington DC on the tube..............WOW, glad we don't live there, eh Rachel??