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A bump in the road, a curve ball, a blip........

Whatever you want to call it, as of today things are not going as planned. We were going to leave the dock today. We were ready: everything re-installed on the boat, bottom painted, outboard rebuilt, outside washed and waxed, inside cleaned, provisioning done, water, fuel and propane full, van winterized and plugged in at storage place.
Got up early this morning, took showers, and did last minute check. When Jim checked the bilge there was diesel visible. Upon further investigation he found a leak in the fuel tank that must have just started.
JosĂ©, who works on boats at the docks and work yard here also  happens to have a fuel polishing business and years worth of contacts. He said he could pump out the tank tomorrow in the work yard and he called his pal who is a stainless genius (he built our new holding tank about five years ago) and he said he could build us a new tank in a couple of weeks. 
So we checked with the Marina San Carlos office and they could haul us out tomorrow at 8a…
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2018 Journey to Mexico (Leg Three)

The Needles to Apache Junction

From The Needles we took the Hart’s Draw cut off over the Abajo Mountains and through the Manti La Sal National Forest. At 8827’ the fall colors were beautiful.

We headed to the Sand Island BLM campground on the San Juan River and had a nice afternoon and evening there. Another huge petroglyph wall is located within the campground boundary.

The next morning we drove down Hwy 95 to Bears Ears National Monument and thenNatural Bridges National Monument on Hwy 275.

From there we went south onHwy 261 and down the Moki Dugway (10% grade, gravel, hairpin turns for three miles). Magnificent views.

The Valley of the Gods entrance was right at the end of the Moki Dugway and we gave it a shot, but it was just too bumpy and narrow and rain was threatening (apparently the roads turn to glue when it rains) so we headed for Gooseneck State Park on Hwy 316. Not much in the way of facilities, but the view of the Gooseneck was great!

2018 Journey to Mexico (Leg Two)

We are now in Marina San Carlos after spending three full days in the work yard. We have a few things to accomplish in the marina (fixing the roller furling, getting the  outboards tuned up, getting some canvas repair done and cleaning and polishing), but we hope to be out of here in a week or so.
The second leg of our trip to Mexico was south through Utah.
Moab: We spent several nights camping along the Colorado River.
We went to Arches one day, but we had been there before and  it was so crowded we decided to do other things.

There is a great bike path right along the river.........

Canyonlands: Island in the Sky and The Maze

The Needles: The Needles section of Canyonlands is on the southeastern side of the park and does not see as many visitors. We had not  been to The Needles before and it quickly became our favorite section.