ILX Thanksgiving Drive to St. George, Utah
Odometer (Legend): 528,058
Odometer (ILX): 60,756
Trip Distance: 430 Miles
Just a quick note of gratitude to those who have followed my travels for the 2.5 years since Drive to Five was born. I thank you for your continued interest and I look forward to having you along (digitally, anyway) for each and every future trip!
Today, I drove to my hometown in Utah to spend a couple of days with family and friends. By 7:00 in the morning, I was at the junction of Loop 101 and Interstate 17 in north Phoenix.
My next turn was at Highway 74, the Carefree Highway, where I had the two-laner to myself as I made my way toward Wickenburg, Arizona. Dawn and dusk are my favorite times of day to drive.
Nestled midway between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah lies a campground called Virgin River Canyon. It’s home to 75 developed sites and overnight use costs $8. I haven’t ever stayed there but it’s a scenic place to pit-stop along Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge.
This stretch of I-15 was one of the most expensive pieces of road ever constructed, at an estimated $100 an inch. That’s because it plows through huge sandstone cliffs and required a great deal of time & effort to complete.
Once I arrived in St. George, Utah, I visited my favorite car photo backdrop: Pioneer Park on the Red Hill. Pioneer Park covers 52 acres and is a rock climber’s paradise. Growing up, I spent a lot of time there with friends.
Here are a few Thanksgiving shots that I captured of the ILX.
It was a perfect day for windows-down cruising in St. George, with plenty of sunshine & temps in the 60’s.
Soon, it was time to head over for dinner with the family, including grandma.
Smells like home cookin’!
On the agenda for tomorrow: A local hike that’s sure to provide some stunning views. More on that later this weekend. Thanks again for following, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!