In May 2009 we took a short tour of some of the most scenic mountain states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) with Andi and Gretchen, who were driving cross-country in Andi’s Roadtrek. We pulled our own Roadtrek out of storage to join them for a week.
We spent a few hours driving around the lower levels of Rocky Mountain National Park (the upper levels were still snowed in) and then headed west to Grand Junction on Highway 70. From there we drove south through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. In Northern Arizona we toured Canyon de Chelly by jeep. Finally we spent a few days in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
It was a wonderful adventure and opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives, and a good excuse to start packing our RV for our move back to California. Dick, whom we first praised as a “good sport” to share a trek with three women, also said he had the time of his life and dubbed us “the Riedel Sisters.” Andi and Gretchen “cornered the turquoise market” in several different trading posts (we’ll never forget Gretch hunched over the “dead pawn” counter of the Shush Yaz Trading Company in Gallup). We miss them since we parted company in Santa Fe, and we hope to have more RV adventures with them in the months and years to come!