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Apr 1, 2014 - Hike, Hike, Hike - RV there yet!!!!

April 1 We went hiking today and took the Free shuttle bus(included in our Weekly pass - $25), you come go as you want. Zion National Park - the roads are at the bottom of the canyons beside the Virgin River. It is not like the GC, which you look down, here at Zion you look up, all hiking trails you hike up first. the Shuttle bush only travels about 20 miles or so to the last trail and turns around to pick up visitors, about 80 mins return. Hike #1 - 3.5 mile approx, first part was to the lower Emerald pools, then onto middle Emerald pool....

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Mar 31, 2014 - Snow Canyon, LaVerkin overlook, Up Canyon

Date: March 31, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 44º High 68º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Antelope Ground Squirrel, Mule Deer Year List: 218 Birds: Turkey Vulture, Eurasian-Collared Dove, Canada Goose, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Bank Swallow, Canyon Wren, Great-tailed Grackle, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, White-Crowned Sparrow, Rock Wren, Violet-green Swallow, American Kestrel, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-billed Duck, Gambel’s Quail, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Eared Grebe, Cinnamon...

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Mar 31, 2014 - UP - UP - UP to go Down down down, Psst, Repeat....

March 31 - moving day We left Avi Casino, at 8 am, wow.... Ok, we drove up a big hill, and coasted down a big hill. THEN, we did the same over and over and over again, and again. It felt like we had 20,000 vertical feet. A very long day! Had a quick stop near Boulder City, for man-ly duties.....LOL Then our favourite gal, Jill, i have mention HER!!! Dont listen to JILL when gut says NO!!! That is a story for later!! We did survive!!!! Stopped at the turn off for Valley of Fire, the Moabi Reserve store and gas station ($3.49/ us gal, $0.90...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Worship and Tonaquint Nature Center

Date: March 30, 2014 Weather: variable – stormy, rain, windy, sunshine, cloudy Temperature: start 55º High 56º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrel Year List: 216; Life List: 418 Birds: American Dipper, Eurasian-collared Dove, Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard, American Coot, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, White-crowned Sparrows, Black & Say’s Phoebe, House Sparrow, Mute Swan, Male Peafowl, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Albert’s Towhee, Lesser &...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Working in the shadow of Crawford Arch

Date: March 29, 2014 Weather: mostly cloudy Temperature: start 49º High 71º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 214 Birds: lots It was a busy work day, with lots of folks in the campground – full early. Dinner was grilled, marinated steak, baked potato and zucchini/onion/garlic/sweet pepper sauté.

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Mar 28, 2014 - Snow pictures and fried chicken

Date: March 28, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 44º High 62º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer Year List: 214 Birds: Wild Turkey, American Robin, Cooper’s Hawk, House Finch, Western Bluebirds A few days ago, we had some snow on the mountains of the canyon, but I didn’t get the photos downloaded until this evening – we have had some long days. However, we truly enjoyed camping this evening – got out the stove and the cast iron skillet and fried chicken outside! It was great. We found the Cooper’s Hawk this morning that a guest...

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Mar 27, 2014 - Cold, busy workday

Date: March 27, 2014 Weather: mostly cloudy Temperature: start 42º High 56º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 214 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Flicker, American and Lesser Goldfinches It was a cold, busy workday! However, for dinner, we made our first ever, homemade ham and beans, starting from dried beans. We guess that since we have always used ham and beans as a busy night dinner, we have always just used Great Northern beans from a can and cut up ham...

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Mar 26, 2014 - Hike to Pine Falls and Grotto Trail

Date: March 26, 2014 Weather: cloudy am, rainy pm Temperature: start 55º High 57º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel Wildflowers: Zion Milkvetch, Claretcup Cactus, Storksbill Year List: 214 Birds: Water Ouzel (Dipper), Dark-eyed Junco, Black Phoebe, Mallard, Rock Wren, Turkey Vulture, Downey & Hairy Woodpeckers, Western Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Juniper Titmouse We left the campground this morning around 9 and drove to the CCC built bridge across Pine Creek at...

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Mar 25, 2014 - Birding on the east side - Glendale, Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Date: March 25, 2013 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 50º High 76º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Lizard, Mule Deer, Desert Bighorn Sheep Year List: 213 Birds: Say’s Phoebe, Western Bluebird, European Starling, Common Raven, American Robin, Mourning Dove, Steller’s Jay, Scrub Jay, Eurasian-collared Dove, Spotted Towhee, Western Meadowlark, Northern Flicker, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk Our trip began with the long climb out of Zion Canyon...

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Mar 24, 2014 - A good birding day, and Up-canyon sunset

Date: March 24, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 46º High 73º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer Year List: 211 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Eurasian-collared Dove, Common Raven, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Cinnamon Teal, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Gambel’s Quail, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Robin, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Loon, Common...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Zion beauty

Date: March 23, 2014 Weather: Robin-egg blue skies, sunshine Temperature: start 46º High 75º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Lizard Year List: 211 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, House Finch, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Lesser Goldfinch It was a crazy, busy day – we worked from first light to last light and we are pooped. However, there was lot of beauty along the way, and we met some great people.

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Mar 22, 2014 - Work Day in beauty!

Date: March 22, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 50º High 73º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 211 Birds: Western Bluebirds, House Finch, American Robin, Turkey Vulture It was a good day of work, and we even carried the camera to capture some of the fleeting beauty of Zion in springtime. Dinner was grilled Halibut with creamy dill sauce, coleslaw, and blueberry muffins. Life is good.

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Going West 2014

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