The summit was really fun! There were a lot of mountain goats at the top (including little baby ones!) and we saw bighorn sheep as well--they walked right along the road in front of us. It's pretty chilly at the top and there wasn't much parking when we got up there, so it's probably best to plan ahead and leave earlier in the day. There's sort of a crumbling building at the top, it's called the Crest House or "Castle in the Sky" and at some point was badly burned, although it's still fun to explore and I got some great pictures of mountain goats from the vantage point it offers. There are also great views of the surrounding mountains and the opportunity to hike up a rocky trail to the actual summit. We decided not to take that particular opportunity, as we were getting hungry and it was so easy to get winded at that altitude!
The drive down was just as pretty, and sometimes scarier, since I felt like I, the passenger, was more often riding closest to the dropoffs down the mountain. When we passed the building at Echo Lake again, there was a very long line and cars parked along the road just to access the building. We were glad we'd gone decently early in the morning!
The rest of the day was spent driving. Interstate 70 goes through the Rocky Mountains, which was fun since I haven't been through them before, past a bunch of ski towns and then through Glenwood Canyon. I read somewhere that the interstate won an award for that part of it because they were able to preserve the natural beauty of the Canyon while running an interstate through it, and I think I'd have to agree with that! There was construction in the canyon so we had to go pretty slowly through it, but we didn't really mind because it was a pretty drive, snaking along the Colorado River.
After leaving Glenwood Canyon we headed on toward Utah. Once in Utah there was almost no traffic and almost no towns--and the towns that are there all said No Services, so we were glad we had gassed up in Colorado! Upon the recommendation of an online forum, we exited onto scenic Highway 128 to go into Moab instead of taking the route Google Maps suggested. We were glad we did, because it ended up being a really pretty drive. The road follows the Colorado River through some gorges and there are lots of rocks which I called Moab's own version of Monument Valley! We stopped and checked out a rusty old bridge as well before we headed on to our place for the night.
We stayed at an RV park and set up our tent for the first time. We ran into town quickly so we could see it before the sun set and stock up on supplies. We stopped at a pretty cool outdoor gear store (of which there are many in Moab) to buy a few camping items we'd forgot and grabbed some beers to go from Moab Brewery on the recommendation of one of the employees at the outdoor store. We cooked a typical camping dinner of hot dogs, beer, and s'mores and enjoyed a little stargazing. Then we headed to bed to be ready for a busy day exploring the Moab area in the morning!