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Aug 11, 2016 - Zion and Perseides

Zion news. The rain and mud have taken a toll I the rocks at Zion. Today's news showed pictures of huge rocks that just gave way and rolled down onto Highway 9 going into the East side of Zion. The entry has been blocked until the rocks can be moved. We haven't been to Zion yet so will keep an eye on the situation. We have met someone working as the concierge of the lodge in Zion so plan to go to the lodge and catch the shuttle there. (Zion doesn't allow cars to drive through so everyone must use the shuttle) Perseides Meteor shower begins...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Kanab

We took a ride down to Kanab yesterday and it was bigger than Panguitch and had been through some really bad weather about a week ago. We had seen this on the news but didn't think about the after effects. There was a flash flood in Zion, Kanab and the surrounding area. Of course, the water was gone but the mess of damage and clay-colored sand was left behind. Our first stop was the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary just outside of town. It is the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary set in beautiful canyons with a facility fit for a king....

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Aug 2, 2016 - Kodachrome

Kodachrome Basin State Park is up the mountain on Highway 12 near Cannonville. We've been hearing about this park from others and decided to go this morning on our day off to check it out. We were so glad we did! Majestic, panoramic, note that I'm trying to use new descriptive words. This park had formations that are different from any we've seen. The most distinctive features in the park are large columns of sedimentary rock known as sedimentary pipes. These range in size from 6 to 170 feet. Several people had told us how much they enjoyed...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Willis Creek Narrows

Willis Creek Narrows is a creek in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The creek runs through a wash which in some sections narrows to become 5 separate slot canyons as you hike/walk. The creek is popular with hikers as the stream is generally 1-2 inches deep and a trail runs the length of the creek. I found out about Willis from Marjorie(Dreamland Safari)Coyote Buttes South guide....

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2016 RV Adventure

May 9, 2015 - Escalante Staircase and Basin

Escalante National Park is almost unbelievable.......the Escalante Staircase comprises a series of seven huge plateaus, that start outside of Page, Arizona, and run up to Boulder, Utah. We started the day, with an inch of new snow at our campsite in Kodachrome Basin. We decided it might be a good day for a high country road trip rather than more hiking in the snow. It turned out to be a good decision. The road up the Staircase to Escalante was nice, but the drive from Escalante to Boulder is spectacular. This region was the last to be...

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May 7, 2015 - Kodachrome Hikes

The Kodachrome State Park has 5 major hiking trails located within the basin. They range from Easy/Moderate to Steep/Difficult. Anne did all 5 of them and I did 4 of the 5 (guess which one I omitted). My two favorite walks were the Grand Parade Trail (complete with 2 box canyons) and the Panorama Trail (with its "Secret Passage", "Teepees", and "Hat Shop" displays). Besides a dazzling array of red cliffs and stacks, both offered views of the distant Escalante Staircase. Lots of pictures taken on these walks....gotta love those digital cameras!

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May 5, 2015 - Kodachrome Basin

We are at Kodachrome Basin in the heart of Utah's "red country" for a nine-day stay. What a place! We are within easy driving distance of Bryce, Capitol Reef, Escalante Staircase, Escalante Canyon, and Cedar Breaks.....all National Parks or National Monuments. The State Park at Kodachrome was developed in the 1960ies, when Kodak was promoting and marketing Kodachrome as it new color film. Executives from the company were invited to Utah to view the location for the state's new park and they readily agreed that Kodachrome was an appropriate...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Million Dollar Road, Utah 12

Since our campground is closing today, we need to get moving on south. Our next destination is the KOA in Cannonville, and the most expedient way to get there is via Utah Highway 12. But, several people told us this was not an RV-friendly road. The lady at the campground even whipped out a map and highlighted an alternate route for us. Joe is not dissuaded easily, so Utah 12 it is. I must say, I had reservations, but here goes. As it turns out, it was a really pretty road and not bad at all if you know how to handle the steep grades up the...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

Nov 24, 2012 - Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

It was a very nice sunny day all day long which made for a very enjoyable travel day. As we got further south in Utah, the terrain began to become more dramatic. The first 2 photos I have posted today, were taken just outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. We'll come back tomorrow for some picture taking there. Through our years in the western United States, we have driven by Kodachrome State Park many times, but never took time to stop and see what it had to offer. It's about 15 miles east of Bryce Canyon and 9 miles south...

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Dream On

Apr 27, 2012 - Cannonville UT

Well, the weather dudes were wrong as usual – no snow but it did get down to 39° overnight, and up to about 60° during the day here at the campground. Quite a bit colder up in the park since the campground is at 6,000’ and a lot of the park is above 8,000’. We left the bus at 9:00 and stopped in Tropic at Clarke’s Restaurant to get some breakfast, and then it was off to Bryce Canyon National Park. We had heard that Bryce is more scenic than Zion, and after our visit, we have to agree. There are areas of the park that are just unbelievable....

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Westbound Again

Apr 26, 2012 - Cannonville UT

We left Leeds at about 11:00 and headed north on I-15 for what turned out to be a little less than 3 hour trip. The weather was not as bad – yet – as they said, but you could see it had the potential. They are predicting 70% chance of snow around Bryce Canyon tonight so we will see. We got off the interstate at Exit 95 and headed east on Hwy 90 to Bear Valley Junction, south on Hwy 89 through Panguitch then onto Scenic By-Way 12 – and it is scenic – through Tropic to our current home in Cannonville UT. The trip off the interstate down into...

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Westbound Again

Sep 2, 2010 - Thursday, Cannoville, UT (98 Miles)

The drive from Torrey to Bryce Canyon took us through the Dixie National Forrest. It was a beautiful diversion to see pine trees and aspens. The road crosses Boulder Mountain - 9,670 feet at the summit. For about a mile we were on top of a narrow ridge with great views on either side. It was 52 this morning, but 92 when we arrived at our campground near Bryce Canyon. The sky’s have been beautiful and a clear blue. We drove to look at the Canyon from the rim. The color looks more coral than the red canyons we’ve been seeing. They actually...

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