This isn’t Hanksville, UT; sorry for the bait-and-switch, but if I did show you a picture of Hanksville, UT you probably wouldn’t continue reading my blog. This is an Aspen forest at the top of a mountain pass, about 11,000′, on UT-24 on my way to Hanksville, UT. The map says UT-24 is a scenic drive that ends at Hanksville … boy, the map makers weren’t kidding, like someone turned off the scenic switch at the Hanksville city limits.
Why was I going to Hanksville, UT? After leaving Capitol Reef National Park (click here to read blog) I was headed for Moab, UT and Hanksville got in the way. Besides being tired, I was three days in the same underwear, two nights in the car and I needed a shower. So I stopped at the Whispering Sands Motel in Hanksville, UT.
Hanksville has to be one of the most depressing-looking towns I’ve ever seen, but the Whispering Sands Motel was an oasis on the outskirts of town — very clean and modern. Only two places to eat in town, both burger shacks, so I took Trip Advisor’s advice and tried Blondies. Decent hamburger and fries for $6, sort of evened out last night’s meal of bison rib-eye at the pricey Bryce Canyon Lodge.
I’m not sure why anyone would actually go to Hanksville, let alone fly there, but this is their airport. Next stop, Moab.
Thought for the Day: Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)