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May 15, 2018 - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

We took the day off yesterday, no pictures, no site seeing, no nothing. According to Wikipedia... "A national monument in the United States is a protected area that is similar to a national park, but can be created from any land owned or controlled by the federal government by proclamation of the President of the United States." "The Grand Staircase refers to an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, through Zion National Park, and into...

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May 13, 2018 - Zion National Park

First off... Happy Mother's Day! Just a short 3/4 of an hour drive to Zion National Park. There was no parking left in the park but lots of pay for parking in Springdale which borders the south entrance Ranger Station. Once on the park's shuttle bus, you can get off at any one of 9 stops/trail-heads. The views are simply stunning. Our overall impressions were that everything looked so clean and untouched.

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May 12, 2018 - Bryce Canyon National Park

Packed a lunch, loaded up Sophie and headed north about an hour to Bryce Canyon National Park. Was a really nice drive. Bryce Canyon is quite spectacular. The temperature was 7 C, and windy. It tried to rain/snow as well so our picnic was rather quick and we hustled back to the car. Thankfully we purchased an "America the Beautiful" Annual Park Pass before we left home. Saved ourselves the $30.00 entry fee. It was the same when we entered the Grand Canyon National Park. Regardless of the costs, the scenic drive through Bryce Canyon was...

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May 11, 2018 - Mt. Carmel

Pulled into Mt. Carmel Junction about 1:30 local time. Apparently we crossed a time zone but didn't see any signage. When we left Mesquite this morning it was 28°C or 82°F. When we pulled into Mt Carmel, it was a very comfortable 21°C of 70°F. It's so nice getting out of the heat. After lunch we drove down to Kanab, Utah and scouted around, then drove to "Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park." Very popular with off-road vehicles and ATV's. Great picture venue. Tomorrow it's off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Nov 16, 2010 - Zion National Park

November 16, 2010 - WOW, this trip has been like a second "honeymoon"!!!! (Hope that answers your question...) Today was another one of those days were the pictures do all the talking. We came into Zion by way of the East Entrance which was full of curves but simply beautiful. There was construction practically the whole way into the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Just as we entered the park, a Buck ran across the road in front of our car (we managed a picture as we passed by him). We had to go through a 1.1 mile tunnel (which had no lights -...

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Wagons Westward Ho

Nov 15, 2010 - Bryce Canyon National Park

Today, November 15, we left Richfield heading for Bryce Canyon and ended up in Mt Carmel Junction for the next two nights. When we left it was the first time we drove in the rain; however, shortly after heading south, the sun came and and provided us with another beautiful day. The first couple of pictures are showing the scenery on our way. We went through Red Canyon and just before getting to Bryce Canyon National Park, we stopped for a "necessity break" and Kathy experienced "another first". In her restroom, the toilet lid was removed...

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Oct 19, 2008 - The Big Rock Candy Something

Sunday 19th October Today I drove 227 miles back south. I took a different road south than the one I took north, for a little variety. And everyone had said "ooh, you'll see the Big Rock Candy Mountain" because yes, it does exist. Trouble is, I saw quite a lot of mountains. They were all big. They were universally made of rock. None of them were made of, or even looked like, candy. So, errr, that's about it really. Highlight of the day was listening to the NFL radio commentary (the Bears won!) and then watching the Rays beat the Red Sox...

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Oct 17, 2007 - Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, UT

Just south of Zion is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park...and dogs are allowed all over state parks! We drove through the eastern side of Zion and south to a huge state park of pink sand dunes! We so wanted to take the dogs to the sand dunes in Death Valley but couldn't. These weren't quite the size of the dunes in Death Valley but the dogs didn't know that! They ran and played like I have never seen them run and play before. The dunes were a pretty light pink color and went on and on. Luke and Layla sped up and down each dune looking back...

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