October 14, 2019
Normally we would eat dinner at the Zion Lodge. It is located on the Zion Scenic route which is only accessed by shuttle buses. (We did see cars in the lot yesterday so you must be able to drive if you have a room there). At this time of the year the last shuttle left the Lodge at 6:30. Thus, we found ourselves (along with many others!) at the Spotted Dog across from camp.
We were once again reminded of 7 years ago when we biked down the Scenic Drive from the Temple down to the Visitor’s Center. With the frequency of the shuttle buses we saw very few bikers willing to ride on the road. In fact, the shuttles are so crowded that many pass you by. We are thankful for the wonderful past experiences we have had in our National Parks and encourage all to visit now if you have not already. We did notice fewer Chinese tourists.
SD had a reasonably priced CA-style menu with interesting appetizers, pastas, salads and wide assortment of fish, game, beef and chicken. They also had a very broad (including cult wines like Screaming Eagle) and expensive wine list. Bon was up for the challenge to find a good valued wine. We had the 2016 Domaine Drouhin. We shared a humus plate and crab cakes to start. The crab cakes were nearly all crab and little filler. Bob had wild game meat loaf and I had the smoked short ribs which Bob declared not as good as the ones we make! We had a nice evening and were back in the rig by 8:00.
I didn’t realize today is Columbus which might explain why the park was so full on Sunday night. Folks were up and out early this morning. This is another reason for why we should take the Mt. Carmel Road (with tunnel) to Kanab. The traffic more than likely would be horrible. We had hoped to take a canyon boat ride on Lake Powell but the earliest we could reserve was the last trip at 3:30. Same is true for the Indian Reservation Tour. We had not planned to stop in Page originally. After thoughts these days often do not become a reality!
We drove west on Hwy 9 to La Verkin where turned south on Hwy 59 that meandered through both UT and AZ. For the most part the view was scrub brush with a view of the mesas in the distance. At Fredonia we turned north to Kanab where we picked up Hwy 89 to Page. Along the way we saw the Vermillion Cliffs and Grand Staircase Escalante. Just as we entered Page we saw the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and Glen Canyon Dam where we stopped. The venue looking from the dam towards Lake Powell was amazing not to mention the steep red cliffs on either side of the Colorado River that flows to the dam. We watched a brief movie on how they use the dam to flood the areas south of the dam (Grand Canyon) for environmental purposes (to emulate the environment prior to the dam).
We gained an hour as AZ does not acknowledge DST. We stopped at the Safeway to buy a nice chardonnay for when we have dinner with the Pinkhams in Las Vegas on Saturday. They are there with family for the Jimmy Buffet concert. Steve read the blog and connected the dots. Have not seen them in CA for ages! Will be good to catch up!
Camp is nothing special but they do have an indoor pool and fitness center. No WiFi as purportedly it is being repaired. Bob went to the pool and I rode the bike. Still; on the CO plateau which is very dry and arid. We are practically bathing in Gold Bond lotion.
Dinner tonight is BBQ rib-eye steak (with bone for me!), sautéed potatoes and onions, garden salad. 2015 Salentein Gran Vu Blend (Valle de Uco).