Southern Utah Trip for Grandpa’s 85th Birthday
Odometer (Legend): 542,050
Odometer (ILX): 154,338
Trip Distance: 900 Miles
“When will see see you next – Valentine’s Day?” asked my grandpa on Saturday night after we’d finished celebrating his 85th birthday. “That’s next weekend,” I replied. He laughed, “I know. You’ll look for an reason to get in that Acura and point it north!” It appears Gpa knows me well! As do all my other family members, who’ve grown accustomed to my frequent visits to my hometown in southwestern Utah – a solid 400+ mile drive away from my own place in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This past weekend I made that jaunt in my 1994 Legend. For the first couple hours of the drive, I had company. My friend Josh had flown in from Houston to pick up a new vehicle, so I shuttled him to Prescott where he picked it up at a dealership there.
He was satisfied with his new Mercury Milan, and I had a ways left to go, so I headed on out of town northbound on Highway 89. A few small towns crept up as I headed north but for the most part it was 55-65 miles per hour of traversing the pine-laden forests on a windy two-laner. At the “T” with Interstate 40, I headed west.
My next stop was a town of substantial Route 66 significance called Seligman. I last visited Seligman with my friend Jack and I took a tour of northern Arizona a couple of years ago. I can say with certainty that it hasn’t changed much since then, and I’m pretty sure it probably hasn’t changed much in the last half-century or so, either.
While the Snow Cap restaurant was shut down, I continued on the main road through town and saw that Roadkill Cafe was indeed open for business. And who could possibly drive past a dining establishment whose motto is “You Kill It, We Grill It”? Not me. I swung the Legend into the dirt parking lot east of the building and headed inside to check it out.
Business inside was slow – or so it seemed. Maybe I’ve just become too accustomed to the hustle and bustle of city life to realize what it’s like to be in a place where restaurants aren’t crowded and there’s never a wait list. I must say, it was a welcome change. I seated myself as the only patron in the bar area and I was handed a menu by a friendly staff member.
The yellow glow of the “High Speed Special” drew my eye immediately so I ordered that — buffalo style, of course, for $0.50 extra — and got settled in. My pink lemonade was delivered to me in a giant mason jar. There was complimentary WiFi available so I checked work emails – I was on the clock this whole time, after all.
The rest of the trip to southwestern Utah was smooth sailing. In St. George, I met up with friends and family in enjoyment of the perfect outside weather.
Our Saturday travels took us to two state parks in Washington County not far from my mom’s place: Sand Hollow State Park, and Snow Canyon State Park. Both delivered stunning vistas in every direction with lots of vivid color: red rocks and blue skies being the most dominant of the color palette. I enjoyed visiting with friends and family throughout the visit, and among the highlights was meeting up with a fellow Acura fanatic for a special project he and I are working on. You’ll see more about that in the coming months. Mom fixed homemade soup which we ate in bread bowls for dinner. And this morning, I made the 6.5-hour return trip home!
Here are the rest of my trip pics:
540,000 miles and 40,000 miles, side by side
We kept tabs on each other for the day so he could keep me posted on his location. He was in San Antonio, Texas already by the following morning! I guess he pulled a crazy all-nighter out on I-10.
Main Street in Seligman, AZ was a quiet place at middway on Saturday.
Sand Hollow Reservoir in Washington County, southern Utah
Snow Canyon State Park, southern Utah
Rock formations in Snow Canyon
Birthday festivities for Grandpa
I liked this pic that my friend Brock captured of my ILX last Thursday at a light next to James‘ tester Lincoln MKX.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!