October 16, 2019
We are now tied in the cribbage tournament!
As we didn’t even have Verizon connectivity, we didn’t check the overnight temperatures. I awoke at 7:00 to 28 degrees. The space heater is in the back so I turned on the gas furnace which doesn’t seem to be so efficient but did the job.
Early in the morning (before 6:30) I am able to backload pictures to the blog using Verizon. I do this frequently. Today I went back to review the blog and pictures from our similar trip in Apr-Jun 2012. Amazing what we don’t remember as well as taking very similar photos! For example, we did enter/exit Zion via the Mt. Carmel Road Hwy 9 with the tunnel but did not pay a fee or be the only vehicle in the tunnel.
We left for the park at 9:30. Parked near the tour buses as we did yesterday. Far fewer folks parking in any of the lots. We have been fortunate with weather. Low 60’s and crystal clear. We walked the Rim Trail to the Village stopping at the Yavapai Geology Museum with large panoramic observation windows, Verkamp’s Visitor Center which is in one of the oldest buildings (constructed in 1906), El Tovar Hotel also built in 1905 by concessioner Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe RR. One of the more interesting aspects of the Rim Walk is the Trail of Time that highlights the rocks exposed in the canyon walls. There are rock samples along with the timeline that go back to Precambrian times, almost 2 billion years old. Hard to imagine and comprehend.
Took the Red Route out to Hermit’s Rest. Got off at Mohave Point and walked to Pima Point. Saw very few people and it was a nice quiet 1.7-mile walk. At Pima Point we got back on the shuttle to Hermit’s Rest and the Blue Shuttle Transfer in the East Village. Returned to camp about 3;30 not having had lunch. Got a pizza and Grand Canyon amber ale at the pizza house.
We walked about 7.5 miles which is enough! Really enjoyed the fall weather. Verizon is horrible so there will be few pictures on the blog. Will backfill early tomorrow morning.
Long (270 miles) car day tomorrow to Las Vegas ,mostly interstate. Las Vegas is really just a way station for getting home. The Oasis is a very fancy camp ground where Bob stayed in 2012 while I went to Minneapolis for a May DMEC conference. (I was not retired then!). We look forward to an Italian dinner at Bootlegger’s (where we have eaten previously) with the Pinkhams.
Tonight we are having roasted herb and garlic-coated pork tenderloin with an herb and tomato farrow salad. 2017 Oyster Bay chardonnay.