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Oct 8, 2010 - Willis Creek Horseback

Everyone should have a boss as great as ours!!!! Dixie hooked us up with the local cowboys in town to take us out to "Willis Creek" on horses/mules...... Willis Creek is a wash with high cliffs on either side and an actual slot canyon with walls several hundred feet high - and you can touch both sides together as you go through! It is a very active wash that gets it's water from the runoffs from Bryce Canyon at the Paria Cliffs..... more on that area later! About 2 weeks before we went out, they almost lost themselves and their horses when...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Solar Energy

Well, if we are going to do this "Full time", we really need to add more solar panels! After lots of research and looking at lots of RV Blogs, we decided to add 3 large Solar Panels to our existing original one. Once they arrived, they had to be lifted up to the roof and actually installed!!! Handy Man comes in handy again!!!!! Bernie had Chad help him lift the 3 panels up onto the roof. Once they were up there, we had to install them same day.... can't leave them to blow off the roof! Since the electric connections are underneath them,...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Night & Day Sky

Tropic is just 6 miles away from Bryce Canyon by highway or just behind the Inn by walking. Bryce Canyon is WORLD FAMOUS for it's Night Sky!! We certainly understand why..... there are stars and constellations and planets EVERYWHERE in the sky - all incredibly visible, without telescopes!!! Turns out it is pretty easy to get to (only 4 hours from Las Vegas) and extremely well shielded from "City Lights", so, the sky just lights up itself for observation. We never knew so many stars were in the sky until we came here.... plus, the BLUE of...

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Sep 2, 2010 - Monsoons!!

The weather here is totally different then the east coast. Everywhere you go there are dry river beds. Some are 15 feet deep and 50 feet across, at spots...hard to imagine the time it took to carve that out and just how long ago did it start? Well, it may look like a dry river, but, in fact it is a wash...a “wash”? you say....Yes...and when it rains here, you know why they call them that....everything gets washed into them and just keeps going till something big enough makes it turn....unfortunately the town of Tropic wasn’t big enough. It...

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Aug 25, 2010 - Appliances & RV'ing

I never have been a kitchen gadget person but there are small appliances that are needed to make my life easier. We jumped off a cliff right into our RV! I had never been in one and Bernie spent a weekend in one… once…so needless to say, we didn’t have much of a clue. I got rid of my big mixer and blender and quite a few other kitchen things - that were considered “not necessary” to life. I do believe Belgian waffles, fresh coffee and toasted cheese topped bread (aka toaster oven) are necessary for a happy life! The whole thing with...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Bamboo Flooring II

Bernie is inching to get started on the new floor, but we have to do breakfast and check-ins the first day. But, the next afternoon, he is crawling under the driving seats and couch - unbolting them all. The kitchen table we put in (its more like a counter, I guess) is on a hinge so we just took out the legs and folded it down. This little feature has come in handy several different times now…like, when we are in a park, and I can’t put out the laundry to dry…I can do it in the kitchen. We pick up the couch and move it to the newly opened...

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Aug 3, 2010 - Bamboo Flooring I

Well, I have said in the past how handy my man is.... but he is possibly the bestest, most handiest, man ever! We were doing our normal shopping at Costco (Bernie was trying to rush me through and I wanted to go up and down every aisle “just in case they have something new”) and there at the end of the aisle, pretty as can be, is a pallet of Bamboo Flooring. “Oooooo” we said in unison! I have wanted to rip out the blue carpet in the front of the coach every since we bought it (sorry Gene, I am not a big fan of any carpet). A hard floor is...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Actually Really Worked!!

AAAAhhhhhh…..back to normal ….we had to actually work real hours all last week.... rough.... Dixie, Mike, Marci and Chad (owners and children who work with us, cleaning) all went on a big family reunion cruise. That left me, Bernie and Ann to do everything.... Noah (nice guy - works at America’s Best Value Inn in town that Dixie’s other daughter manages) came to help us clean in the mornings so it wasn’t crazy. We lucked out that the inn wasn’t totally full; apparently Fourth of July week isn’t very busy? I guess people still do family...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Our Home Views in Tropic

Some pictures of this awesome place we are calling “home” for the next few months! As you know by now, we are just outside Bryce Canyon National Park in a small town called Tropic. We are working for really great Innkeepers at Stone Canyon Inn and just love the location and people. It is a small upscale Bed & Breakfast with 6 beautiful rooms in the Inn itself and 4 more cabins up on a hill that backs up to Stone Canyon. We are situated in our RV on the top plateau before getting into the park and have such an incredible view. We will try to...

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Mar 28, 2010 - Bryce Canyon Arrival!!

Finally – coming to Utah for our actual seasonal job!!! As you know, we’ve been driving our way through the southwest and then up into the Arizona, Nevada & Utah borders. We knew we had to be at Bryce Canyon National Park, located in SW Utah, by Sunday March 28th. After several “discussions” about roads, snow and icy conditions and what would be the least stressful drive, we agreed on coming into Bryce Canyon from I-15 and Route 20 – about 50 miles above Bryce Canyon – but definitely the safest road to it in a Full size RV!! There are 3...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Tropic(Bryce Cannon)

JULY 19th We arrived at Ruby's Inn and RV park at 1 pm. It started to shower as we were unhooking and stopped a minute or two before we were finished.Having lunch then back on the road to see the sights.We decided to take the Shuttle Bus to the points of interest first stop the Visitors center there we watched a film on the history of Bryce Canyon. Many processes and events have interacted over a vast amount of time to create and continually alter this unique landscape.Bryce Cannon was named after Mary and Ebenezer Bryce who lived in the...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Tropic, Utah and Bryce Canyon NP

Instead of staying right outside of Bryce at the everything-overpriced-Ruby's Inn, we found a homey hotel in Tropic. Tropic is a very small town just down the hill from the entrance to the Canyon which includes a small food market, two restaurants and a gas station. That's about it. But, what else do you need? It was a perfect place to base ourselves by night while enjoying all the geology, beauty and mystery of the magical place called Bryce Canyon by day. Actually, Bryce Canyon isn't really a "canyon". It's a plateau...the Paunsaugunt...

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