The Road to Baja. Janurary 1 -4th 2019

Vancouver to Arizona


After packing up the truck, we departed East Vancouver around 10 am,  a little later start as we slept through the alarm clocks.  The boarder crossing was quite mellow, no lineups and hardly two questions asked what we were up to and what the heck this thing on-top of the truck was! We were half expecting them to search us and make us open up the camper, but nope it was smooth and easy and we were on our way through America!  Driving on New years day is pretty hilarious , we encountered numerous cars pulled over with passengers who must have had a good time the night before, but not such a good time on the side of the highway yacking up the remnants of 2018.  

Our First night we spent at a truck stop on the side of the highway in Idaho, and it was COLD. Turns out when you are headed on a month long vacation to Mexico,  you forget to pack accordingly for the winter climates you will drive through before you arrive. It must have been about -20 degrees if not colder! Luckily I packed my thermals last minute and there were heated restrooms which we were very close to sleeping in.  After layering up in my thermals, fleece, micro-puff jacket, and my flannel( I actually couldn’t move)  Two zero degree sleeping bags, 2 blankets, and an emergency blanket we were able to stay somewhat warm enough until the morning, however I’m not sure either of us actually slept.
We crawled out of the truck at sunrise to a crisp beautiful day, quickly packed the truck back up and hit the road headed for Utah, where we originally had plans to stop over for a night but decided to keep driving until we hit Zion and poor Dylan had to put up with sleepless & coffee-less me for a few hours until we reached coffee. I’m told its not a pleasant combination.

We pulled up to the old Rampage site just outside of Zion National park just as the sun was setting , and to no surprise was cold as fuck again. After a quick walk outside to enjoy the sunset we found a spot to set up for the night, made a few cans of soup for dinner, and hit the hay. It was 7 pm at this point, hopefully a chance to catch up on last nights lack of sleep.

We started our Zion adventure just after sun rise, a little more rested but unfortunately it was too cold to do much outside except snap a few photos and jump back in the truck so we mostly just slowly drove through it with me half hanging my head out the window in amazement, it left a good enough impression on me that I have kept it on my list of places to go back to in the warmer months to explore.

We arrived in Phoenix Arizona around 7 pm to a lovely hot meal at the Oborne’s warm home. The next morning was spent mostly running errands, Walmart, oil change etc, and then in the afternoon Darch took us on a nice bike ride through the desert, which was beautiful and I got to test out his E-bike, needless to say I had no problem keeping up ;) We ran into a group of wild horses crossing the road, which was very cool as I have small obsession with horses. After a sunset hot tub, another lovely hot meal, and amazing sleep we were off at 6 am the next morning, Baja bound ! I am happy we took the longer route through Zion and Phoenix, as I love seeing new places and scenery , Arizona is a beautiful state that I hope to get back to one day to explore some more!