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Jul 10, 2016 - Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave is a popular hike/walk around Red Canyon. For me it was a hike and one of the locals made the comment that it was a nice little walk. It actually was very little elevation and went over two little bridges crossing a creek. We have not seen much water as it is very dry right now. This particular creek leads back to a nice little pool with a waterfall. The trick is that this is man made. It runs down from Tropic Reservoir which is a lake-like reservoir for the area. Nevertheless, it was a nice hike next to the creek with some...

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May 15, 2016 - Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome State Park, and Bryce Valley KOA

The camper was rocking last night, but really, it was not us. It was the wind. It was blowing hard all evening. We left Hanksville early this morning and headed towards Capitol Reef National Park. The first 13 miles were beautiful, with rock formations of different colors. Then we passed a sign saying scenic views, the next 14 miles. That speaks to how beautiful this country is. We drove an hour or so to the park. The scenic drive there is about 20 miles round trip. It was very pretty but we both felt the scenery before the park was...

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May 22, 2013 - Panorama Trail

Took a 6 mile hike back in at Kodachrome Basin State Park on the Panorama Trail today. Got to see lots of monoliths, chimneys & points of interests. Len stayed back at camp to get us ready to leave in the morning. Joyce, Bill & Sharon joined me for the full day of hiking. We have a great time and sure enjoyed the scenery on this last day in this beautiful area. We are seriously considering coming back in the fall before heading home.

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May 21, 2013 - Boulder, UT via Hwy 12

We've been hearing from numerous people that we must take the drive up Hwy 12 from Cannonville to Boulder Mountain. Today we did that and we weren't disappointed. Moab is one of our favorite places, but what we have found is that this area is the equal of and in some places even better. As is often the case, as good as the pictures are, they just can't convey the contrast and vivid colors of the area that we saw today. We enjoyed lunch at the Burr Trail Grill in Boulder. It came highly recommend and we weren't disappointed. The home made...

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May 20, 2013 - Angel's Palace Trail

Within easy walking distance of our camp site is Angel's Palace Trail which rises 150 feet in elevation and spreads over a mile and a half. The view from on top provides a spectacular panoramic view looking down on the surrounding area. We did the hike twice, once in the morning light and then near sunset. Totally different look with the lighting ever changing the colors of the rocks. It is a small world. While hiking up high, I met followers of our blog. Just want to give a shout out to Richard & Leah. It was a pleasure meeting you both....

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May 19, 2013 - Cottonwood Canyon Road

The second part of our day we spent enjoying the views on Cottonwood Canyon Road, which intersected with Rt 89, 40 miles east of Kanab. We enjoyed a quick lunch in Kanab taking Johnson Canyon Rd back to camp. Johnson Canyon wasn't as pretty as C.C.R. but it was a quicker way home. What a great day of exploring the back roads!

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May 19, 2013 - Grosvenor Arch

The colors and contrast of this area prompted the National Geographic Society in 1949, with consent from Kodak Film Corp., to name the park Kodachrome. There are nearly 70 monolithic spires, ranging from six to 170 feet in height throughout the park. So many colors, textures and shapes in every direction. The first part of our day took us 11 miles from the park to the Grosvenor Arch, which is a double arch and one of the states most impressive. After enjoying the short walk to the arch, we continued down Cottonwood Canyon road. Post to...

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Sep 30, 2011 - We're Back!!!

We're back at the Stone Canyon Inn The owner, Dixie, had asked if we could help out for a month during their still busy season before we went west to Kansas to work at Amazon for their Christmas rush. One of the couples that worked for Dixie had to leave Oct 1 so we came back to visit and help out (work!) As usual, we loved it!! We've really come to like Dixie, her family and the incredibly beautiful Bryce Canyon Area and the Grand Staircase of southern Utah. The colors of all the rocks and stones, against a crystal clear blue sky are just...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Farewells-Great Family

Our gig was finally up.... we had to leave!!! Very sad day for all of us..... Dixie and Mike and Marci & Chad took to us like family and it was a difficult day. Marci arranged to have a final luncheon with her & Chad, Dixie & Mike, as well as Thad & Angie (another daughter & son-in-law that run the local large motel)... We finally got all packed up and disconnected and headed past the Inn for the last time (this year!) and met at the local restaurant for lunch. It was really nice, yet sad and exciting at the same time.... we had been here...

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Nov 26, 2010 - Thanksgiving Dinners (2)

The Innkeepers invited us to their Thanksgiving Dinner! All the kids and grand kids came to the Inn for the weekend (5 kids and 17 grand kids!). Dixie had been cooking for probably a week straight and had lots of great food...... Since there were guests actually checking in (yes, on Thanksgiving!), we volunteered to help with that so Dixie could be with family.... well, Dixie insisted we eat as well.... What a feast...... we had lots of everything and actually ate in the kitchen/office area so we didn't have quite so many kids around us!!!...

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Nov 20, 2010 - Bread Making!

It still amazes me how different people are from each other just over state lines. Utah has a huge Mormon population and they teach as part of their doctrine to store food. It is partly in preparation for the end but I also think it is because the religion is so young they haven’t forgotten their hard struggle to establish themselves in this part of the country. As a result storing and preparing food from scratch is part of everyday life. I have always been very big on not using packaged foods as much as possible…but it is not that easy to...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Paria Lookout in Bryce

This deserves it's own mention. Bryce Canyon has many lookouts that are all unique in themselves. However, this is quite something. As mentioned earlier, the water run off from here winds up going through Willis Creek - once you see the depth of this area, you can imagine how fast that water will come running though Willis Creek too!!! Whew..... We stopped at our favorite "Soup & Pie" Restaurant, had a great lunch of.... you guessed it - soup and pie - and headed over to Bryce to see Paria. Dixie had always mentioned it was a great place to...

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