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Nov 8, 2017 - Kolob Canyon

Today we toured the most northwestern part of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon. It was a longer drive from here than the main part of the park. The wonderful scenery made it worth the drive, but once we got there, we wished the access road inside the park was longer, because it was so dramatically beautiful. We took a hike from the highest point and had great views the whole way. When you look at the rock formations, it is clear that they used to be at the bottom of the sea and now are tipped up at all sorts of crazy angles. It makes the...

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Nov 6, 2017 - We fell in love

with Sand Hollow State Park and decided to extend our stay here. Our original plan was to move to a commercial RV park in St. George that was within easy walking distance of central amenities downtown, but in the state park we have elbow room, beautiful views, and all the amenities we need. Central St. George is attractive and filled with statues honoring the founding Mormon fathers in the area. It was a bit disconcerting to look at the plaques on their statures and read the names of all the wives that went with each man. At least they...

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Nov 3, 2017 - staying warm

We're hearing weather forecasts for a bit further north that sound more like winter. Some of the places we've been on this trip are beginning to get snow. So, it is time to lower that elevation about 3,000' and get warm. The first time we visited the St. George area, our motor home broke down right after checking in at the campground. We were parked in front of the office and there we stayed. This time things went much better. We drove into the campground and both let out an "ahhh..." This is a park with the "it" factor. We briefly stopped...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Las Vegas, Death Valley & Ghost Town

Sept 23-29th We have been having a good time in Las Vegas. CW had a day or two feeling a bit under the weather but just lounging around the pool & hot tub, reading & good old fashioned R&R, he was good to go for our anniversary dinner at the Sunset Casino’s Buffet. We went to the Strip & tried our hand at gambling but not winning wasn’t fun so headed back to the RV Park. Today the 29th. was Death Valley Day. It is a 2 ½ hour drive from Vegas to Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Even though I had heard stories & done research I was still very...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Two More Canyons

This will end the Canyon part of this trip. Grand Canyon North Rim & Zion National Park. We have been to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon previously and had heard that only 10% of Canyon visitors go to the North Rim as it is harder to get to. There were still many visitors but certainly not as crowded as the South Rim. The cabins & Lodge were really nice all done in local wood & field stone. We had lunch in the Lodge dining room overlooking the canyon at Bright Angel Pt. You could barely make out the buildings across the canyon to the...

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May 8, 2017 - Note to future travelers: Stock up before entering Utah!

The day began in Escalante, Utah at 8 am with breakfast at the cafe behind Prospector Inn. We drove to Bryce Canyon National Park where we were introduced to hoodoos. No, that is not a typo. That is what these rock formations are called. Absolutely spectacular views. Really breathtaking with cute prairie dogs too!. Much of the forest had seen fire recently, hopefully a controlled burn. Next we got on the bikes and drove several miles to a restaurant where we had lunch becaused Ho-Made pies (no comment). On to Zion (the park not the...

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May 8, 2017 - Beginning an adventure to the Last Frontier.

Greetings All, This is the beginning of our trip to Alaska. It started in May of 2015, but life got in the way, so now it begins again. We, meaning Nancy and I for my four legged traveling partner, Dorsta, passed over the rainbow bridge in Nov, 2016, started this journey on May 5th. The beginning involved traveling south 140 miles to Nicky's restaurant to meet with my daughter Alane and her husband Harold for lunch and then dinner and fellowship gathering of friends and family in Stockton Springs, Maine. We had good food, many well wishes...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Day with Marty and Pat

Date: April 29, 2017 Weather: very windy, cool Temperature: start 41º High 66º Wildlife count: Year List: 305 Birds: Common Merganser, Western Grebe, California Gull With the cool temperatures and windy conditions, we decided to make a late start to our day, so we enjoyed a leisurely morning – Marty and Pat picked us up at 9:30am. We headed northwest into the Dixie National Forest up to the Oak Grove campground, where Marty and Pat had found some excellent birds. However, today with the wind and cold, and spitting snow, we saw very little...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Up to Kolob and Todd's new digs

Date: April 28, 2017 Weather: cold, windy Temperature: start 50º High 50º Wildlife count: Deer Year List: 302 Birds: California Condor, Costa’s Hummingbird Pam prepared breakfast and we headed out to Kolob Canyon – the north section of Zion – it was rather cold and windy – we were wearing hats and gloves! Temps were in the 40’s. The plan then was to visit a wildlife restoration program, but Ernie spoke to the manager, and he shared the location, but not a ready tour. We arrived, and hiked the area, which is a paved hike route from town,...

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Apr 27, 2017 - Fun day with Ernie and Pam

Date: April 27, 2017 Weather: sunny, windy Temperature: start 56º High 73º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Jackrabbits, Cottontail Rabbits, Chipmunk, Rock Squirrels, Lizards Year List: 300 Birds: Canada Geese, Pygmy Nuthatch, Thompson’s Solitaire, Mountain Chickadee Ernie and Pam picked us up at 7:30 and after a lovely early drive, we stopped for breakfast at a small diner, which was excellent. A native plant garden brought lots of Oooooohs and Ahhhhs from all 4 of us – the plants were spectacular, and most everything here is in bloom....

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Apr 26, 2017 - Relaxing in Hurricane

Date: April 26, 2017 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 43º High 76º Wildlife count: Year List: 296 Birds: After a leisurely breakfast, we had the truck washed, then traveled up to Zion, starting in Watchman campground, where we had a great visit with Ken Brown – had not seen him since 2014 when we camp-hosted with him. We were pleased to see the improvements in the campgrounds – blacktop and defined campsites, which will preserve the resources much better than before. Lunch was at Freddy’s in St. George, followed by a quick visit...

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Apr 25, 2017 - From Wikieup, AZ to Hurricane, UT

Date: April 25, 2017 Tonight’s Location: Hurricane, UT Campground: WillowWind RV Mileage: End - 11873 Start - 11562 Total Miles for the day: 311 Weather: partly sunny, very windy Temperature: start 60º High 68º Wildlife count: Coyote Year List: 296 Birds: As we knew that high winds were forecast for the day, we were on the road by 7am, and there were winds, but nothing like what hit after we arrived in Hurricane, where gusts hit 35mph. It was a beautiful ride up through the desert, with Saguaro cacti and some Joshua Trees evident. It was...

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