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Oct 6, 2014 - Zion National Park

The first settlers here were Paiute indians and the first homesteader was Issac Behunin in 1861. A quote from him was " A man can worship God among these great cathedrals, as well as any man-made church...this is zion!! It took mother nature 250 million years to create this scenic wonderland. The Virgin River runs through it, slicing canyons as deep as 3,000 ft. It is such a majestic park!!!!!!!!!!!! The shuttlebus's are great because they stop at 8-10 different stops and you can get off at any one of them and just catch the next bus. Bryce...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Zion National Park

This is the first entry for Zion. too many pictures and I am still only able to add 10 at a time. The park was very full and we had a hard time finding a place to park but finally did. The weather was beautiful so had a great day. The tunnel has 2 way traffic through it but if a large rv or bus comes, they have to pay $ 15.00 to go through because someone on each end has to stop traffic because they have to use both lanes. Its hard to believe that in the 1920's they were able to build a tunnel through a mountain a mile long.

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Jun 22, 2014 - Last Day at Zion National Park

Today was our last day at Zion National Park and we went to a less popular, but just as beautiful, part of the park, Kolob Canyons. Here the rocks seems to be more crimson and more layered than at Zion. They are truly breathtaking. Marsha and Susan went to the Best Friends Animal Shelter in nearby Kanab, Utah, where thousands of animals of all kinds are rescued from all over the U.S. and rehabilitated or housed. It's where they rehabilitated Michael Vick's fighting pit bulls. Tomorrow we head out to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Hiking in Zion National Park

Today Catherine and JoBeth took on the challenging Angels Landing Trail which has been described as one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the National Park System, with deep chasms on each side and chains to steady the hikers at the highest peaks. They did great! The rest of us took the more leisurely stroll along the Riverside Walk and later some of us took on the more challenging Emerald Pool Trail with cliffs and waterfalls. The whole day was a wonderful and exhausting experience. We had lunch at the Zion Lodge, looking out over...

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Jun 20, 2014 - On the Way to Zion National Park

We had a short trip to Zion National Park today, but, again, some beautiful scenery. The drive into the park was cut through some of the canyons of the park and was mostly switch-back turns on a narrow road. We had to go through a huge tunnel cut through one of the mountains. Weather: High – 94, Low – 46 Campground: Watchman Campground, Zion National Park

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Oct 20, 2013 - Springdale, UT

We are back on track. Yesterday was a long day. We got started late. We knew we would not reach Zion National Park. We decided to stop at St. George and fill two of John’s prescriptions. St. George is a large town with all the big box stores. Normally, we would be glad to pass it by for an off the beaten track campground. Yesterday, we wanted the town. We start our day heading back into town for breakfast. Next, we fill John’s prescriptions. It takes a little perseverance on our part but we get it done. We fill the gas tank and call ahead...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Zion National Park

This morning we rode our bikes from our campground into Zion National Park and checked out the Visitor Center. We left the bikes at the VC and started off on a hike called Watchman's Trail, so named by Mormon settlers. It's a prominent red spire rising from the canyon floor. We are also calling this hike The Lizard Hike, and you'll see why from the photos. Lizards of all sizes shared the trail with us. The trail leads up to a rocky bench on the slopes of Zion Canyon. Lots of riparian vegetation along the trail, fed by small springs. We saw...

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Apr 26, 2013 - Traveling to Zion National Park

The first part of our drive this morning was very pleasant--a mostly deserted two-lane highway through forested low hills. We stopped in Panaca, NV at the town's "bakery" as it was advertised--turns out to be someone's home where if you are a local and you know the number you can call her and she'll whip you up some baked goods. But she had 4 leftover oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from the night before and she sold them to us and they were delicious! We were headed for Cedar City, Utah this morning and then on to Zion, but we decided to...

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May 23, 2012 - Into the Slots

We broke camp at Escalante Petrified Sate Park early Wednesday morning and headed west along Highway 12. Our plan was to find a spot for breakfast and then explore the area around Kodachrome Basin, particularly a slot canyon that was only 6 miles down a dirt road. Nancy had the bedding rolled up tight so I could easily cover it with a tarp in the back. Even with all the windows closed, the fine red dust is able to permeate the camper shell. We went west as far as Tropic before we found a café open for business. I tried the chicken fried...

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May 22, 2012 - Escalante River Hike

After breakfast in camp we planned to take a hike to a natural bridge located in part of the deep canyon carved by the Escalante. The temperatures were in the mid 80’s and a hike in a cool canyon along the river made sense to us. We drove back along the exploratory route we had taken the previous day and down to the canyon bottom. We found a good park at the trailhead. As we were leaving the parking lot, a lady hiker volunteered some helpful info regarding our planned hike. She said it was about three miles one way to the natural bridge and...

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May 21, 2012 - Car Camping

One of the reasons we chose a travel trailer over a fifth wheel was the added flexibility of being able to leave ‘The Neighborhood’ in a safe port while we went off exploring less accessible areas on long day trips or overnighters. The camper shell on the ‘Rocketeer’ is carpeted and the bed of the truck has a padded “BedRug” kit installed. We are quite cozy when we sleep in it, especially when Nancy rolls up our 3 inch memory foam topper and brings it along. We took off on a Monday morning and drove east through the park to US Highway 89,...

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May 16, 2012 - Hop Valley

Now that we have moved to an RV resort a few miles outside of Zion National Park we are exploring more of the region. One of the cool places happens to be down the road from our new address less than a mile. The Kolob Terrace Rd climbs almost 7000 feet to a reservoir. The road climbs in and out of Zion National Park past beautiful, verdant horse ranches that are scattered along Kolob Creek as it meanders along towering red sandstone cliffs. You can tell when you are on park grounds by the color of the asphalt. Zion National Park’s roads are...

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