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Jul 4, 2013 - Escalante to Virgin, UT (Bryce & Zion)

This is going to be short but sweet (or beautiful). Our final destination today was Zion National Park, but we stopped for about 4 hours in Bryce Canyon. As you all know I am not a religious person, but seeing natural beauty like this sure makes you want to thank someone for providing it all. I actually drove part way today but once we were in Zion Nat'l Park and the road was very narrow and winding, Dave thought it would be better if I took pictures. I didn't object!

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Jun 4, 2013 - Utah's National Parks

It has been a couple weeks since my last entry...not that I haven’t tried… We have been touring Utah and visiting many of America’s spectacular National Parks. All of our stops have placed us in areas without or with minimal Verizon cell service. We were forced to use the poor Internet service that most RV parks provide...uploading or downloading is not an option on these busy public sites. We are making our way back west and stopped in Las Vegas…because all roads west lead to Vegas. We toured Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks...

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Apr 13, 2013 - A Slow Day

Just a slow day of not doing much. Found a pretty necklace for my pretty bride. Ate the last of our boudin stash. Wandered by the river behind the campground. Scheduled an appointment in Flagstaff for the AC on Wednesday. Decided that there must be at least three reliable RV repair services in the USA, but we have only found one so far and we left them in Vegas. We're heading to Page Arizona in the morning and praying for a cool desert night while we travel AC free.

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 10, 2013 - Journey to Virgin, Utah

Today was one of those special days when what you get is far greater than what you expect. Our plan was to stop by Double Eagle for some minor adjustment, say goodbye to our new friends there and head for Virgin, Utah and Zion National Park. All of that happened, but we found a totally unexpected part of our drive. As the highway took us through Virgin River Canyon we were simply amazed at the mass, the power, the shapes and colors. The power that the canyon walls projected made us realize just how small and insignificant we are. It also...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

May 21, 2012 - Moving Out

Heading Home We finally got on the road at noon. It is quite interesting to move from an SUV (with lots of inside storage) to a pick-up truck, where the inside storage is mostly limited to the space Gaia needs! So the bed of the truck now contains 3 huge plastic containers, lids locked down with bungie cords, and the inside of the trailer was a huge mess that took us 3 hours to sort out when we finally arrived in -- wait for it -- Virgin, Utah, on the edge of Zion National Park. The weather here is 101 degrees, quite unusual, I’m told. Not...

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May 27, 2010 - Kolob Canyons

In the NW corner of Zion NP about 30 miles from the Zion Canyon are the Kolob Canyons. A quick turn off Interstate 15 at exit 40 and you are at the small visitor center. This portion of the Park is less visited as it has fewer attractions and trails but that does not reduce the stunning beauty on the 12 mile drive to the picnic area at the end of the road. We had intended to lunch at one of the tables, however cool temperatures and strong wind forced us to eat in the car, the view was still spectacular. Tomorrow is moving day so stay tuned...

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May 26, 2010 - Zion NP Part II

Today we returned to Zion to complete the exploration of the upper canyon. Here you walk at the canyon bottom and get the opposite view from the rim of the Grand Canyon. Both Zion and the Grand Canyon are part of the same Colorado Plateau and have undergone similar geological forces although approximately 150 miles apart, while no other canyon compare to the Grand Canyons size and grandeur a walk through the canyon gives one the feel of a similar ecosystem and beauty. After lunch at the lodge we headed up canyon to the Weeping Rock where...

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May 25, 2010 - Zion National Park

Ten miles NE of our site is the town of Springdale, the gateway to Zion NP. Because of the narrow canyon and limited parking Zion NP does not allow vehicular traffic beyond the juntion with State Road 9 so transportion is via the free shuttle that runs about every ten minutes to all the stops. We Stopped at the visitor center, which is a little different then most, as the informational displays are outside under shade trees and today the temps were pleasently mild and sunny. There are eighteen different trails of varying dificulties as...

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May 25, 2010 - On the Road to Zion

On the road to Zion in Virgin, Utah - isn't that a song? or a scripture? It sounds like it should be. -- This morning, we had the most incredible journey from the Bryce area to the border of Zion. We decided we did not want to traverse Highway 9 into Zion because of long delays at a tunnel where large vehicles must be escorted for a fee of $15. Instead, we took Highway 89 south and picked up Highway 14 over a pass through a winter wonderland. -- At first, I thought maybe I had made a mistake wanting to take Highway 14, because the road was...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 22, 2009 - Zion Canyon,Virgin,Utah

JULY 22ND We left at 8.30 am there was no big rush only 150 km. to Zion National Park,not a cloud in the sky when we left we'll see what the day brings.We got a few miles from the park and found there was height and length restrictions on RVs. We figured we'd be okay on the height not to sure on the length tho. This was all due to tunnels and windy roads. The ranger cleared us for length but we needed to pay $15.00 for an escort through the tunnel.Traffic was stopped to one way and we drove in the middle of the road though the 1 1/4 tunnel...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Virgin, Ut - Rest Day

Today is a rest day before we leave for Bryce Canyon tomorrow. John got up early this morning and washed on the motorhome and car because some of the places we have traveled have been dusty. I am in the motorhome catching up on laundry and cleaning the inside. We will just relax and maybe go to the pool/hot tub tonight. Update tomorrow.

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Jul 19, 2009 - Zion National Park

Today we got up early and started our morning with a drive past the Zion entrance and through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. We wanted to see if we could drive that way to our next stop because there is a size restriction of 50 ft. That means that we would have to unhook the car and drive separately and through several sharp switchbacks. Also you have to pay $15 for the park to close the tunnel so that large motor homes can go through the middle of the tunnel. I think we will probably take an alternate route even though it will be longer. Next...

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