July 1st, 2016 – Loa, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada ~ 310 miles.
Missed Day 14? Vy and I get some off-roading in (but in a Jeep, not the GS) and finally get out of Arches.
Our accommodations the night before were at the adorably-named Snuggle Inn. It’s a very cute place run by a Mr. Davis. He’s now getting up in years and is actually looking to sell the inn and retire. I found his way of doing business quite charming. Yesterday, when I called to book the room on the phone, he said that we would be getting in too late so he’d leave the key to our room on the front desk. When we left, there was a piece of paper on the front desk just saying “Welcome to the Snuggle Inn. I have gone to the 4th of July Celebration in Torrey. I will be back about 2 o’clock, call me on my cell if you want to book a room.” That’s it! We never got to meet Mr. Davis but I appreciated how easy he made it to check in and out.
This was the first day where I really felt like the trip was coming to a close. It was basically just a long slog on the freeway, without anything new to see. We considered stopping by Zion but Vy and I had just been there a few weeks before for her birthday. So we continued on, trying to find some dirt trails to break up the monotony.
One of the reasons I didn’t feel bad about skipping Zion in the morning was that I was going to take Vy to see Valley of Fire State Park, which is one of my favorite things in Nevada. At the exit for Route 169, we were supposed to head south but I thought I saw something worth exploring just to the north. Detour time!
Turns out it’s where the Nevada DOT practices painting lines on the road. Here’s the Street Map view if you want to check it out yourself.
Valley of Fire was designated a State Park on March 26, 1935 – making it the first one in Nevada. Technically, four state parks were established at the same time with a piece of legislation but Valley of Fire had its ceremony first.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, Vy really enjoys health-oriented restaurants. We decided to try a place called Vegenation, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Don’t get me wrong – I’d rather have had a burger and a beer, but it was pretty good! Vy’s become so enamored with it that whenever I go to Vegas without her, I have to bring some food back from this restaurant. This is their take on sushi, called “Save the Tuna.”
We found a casino to sleep in and then got settled in for our last night on the road.