Utah National Park Volunteers 2016 travel blog



Crazy things people say in the Visitor center

Visitor: Does it snow here?

Answer: Yes.

Visitor: what color are the rocks when it snows?

Visitor: where can I buy the cheapest gas?

Remember how dry Utah is.

Visitor: where Can I hike by water?

Answer: Tennessee

New arrival yesterday--Dude and Poot--We now have New neighbors at our campsite. Names are not so unusual when you know they are forestry horses. Dude is a beautiful golden color with a platinum mane and Poot is a dark rich brown with a black mane. Very cool to see the US brand on them. They have been in a field At Dave's Hollow about a thousand feet higher in altitude than we are here for the summer and since fall is arriving (Can you believe that?) they are down here now where they have a shelter they can get in as the weather gets cooler. We've been up to pet on them and feed them apples but discovered today that Dude has a little attitude. Waiting for more Apple at the fence he nipped at poor Poot a few times to get him to leave so he could have all the apples.

Today the sky got angry looking and we thought a rain storm might come but instead a strong wind whipped up for a short while. It was strong enough to make the motor home rock until it felt like a boat in the waves and I thought I might have to take a motion sickness pill. After the wind stopped we went outside and the Wind had blown little pinecones all over the grounds. We filled two bags full with plans for Christmas crafts. These are western pines and the pinecones are very different than the ones we see at home.

Carol, saying she has used her keen senses, dug in the dirt to find a big jawbonewith a dozen big square teeth. I would like to say that she found a dinosaur fossil but it is probably a horse jawbone.

Last night was a beautiful full moon, the last for us before coming home. It was not as chilly so was great sitting out.

There have been several fires lately so the forestry fire guys that are stationed here have been gone a good bit. They load huge packs on their backs with all of their sleeping bags,etc. Load up on forestry style fire trucks and head out to control the burns. As far as we know these have all been from lightening strikes ( there is a lot of dry lightening). They stay at the fire sites sometimes for a few days until they burn out. My understanding is that they let nature control the burning but are there to make sure it burns itself out safely. A group of guys returned yesterday evening exhausted and filthy but you could tell glad to be home safely heading for showers,a hot meal and bed.

Plans for today are going to Cedar City to go to Wal Mart and Smith's grocery. One thing I haven't gotten used to is how far away everything is. Grocery shopping is a day trip with coolers for the cold stuff.

Tomorrow plans are for heading to Capitol Reef.

It is still early here and I hear rain drops hitting the roof. That may change all plans!

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