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Jun 3, 2014 - Last laundry in prep to leave

Date: June 3, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 61º High 93º Wildlife count: Mule Deer Year List: 258 Birds: House Wren Our last laundry, breakfast at Wildcat Willies, then home to iron uniforms – slacks, shorts, shirts. We spent time cleaning out storage and repacking, deep cleaning the windshield of the truck, to attempt to remove the ‘stars’ from tiny rock pings. Jenn came by to give us our departing gift – there was only one in the box of gifts, and we were promised a duplicate. However, this one is a signed edition – how cool! It...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Heating up - 103 degrees

Date: June 2, 2014 Weather: sunny, hot Temperature: start 64º High 103º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Albino Rock Squirrel, Zion bats Year List: 258 Birds: Western Bluebird, American Robin It was a very long and hot day. Our fellow hosts, Mike and Cindy, brought us chicken and rice for dinner, which we finally ate around 7:30 pm. People left food in their tents, so squirrels ripped holes in the tent to access the food. Around dusk, a lady allowed her dog to be off leash, and a doe came by and after patiently enduring the dog’s erratic...

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Jun 1, 2014 - More Campground Stories

Date: June 1, 2014 Weather: sunny, hot Temperature: start 64º High 100º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock squirrels, Zion bats Year List: 258 Birds: Hairy Woodpecker The day began at 6 am with a walk around the campground to pull expired tags. Then the fun began! In the course of this day, there are stories aplenty. We had stopped to assist a camper, when another camper told us that she and her husband had just returned from a hike to find 2 men in their campsite with a fire in their fire ring. What??? I quickly verified that she was indeed...

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May 31, 2014 - Trip to Cedar Breaks

Date: May 31, 2014 Mileage: End - 42349 Start - 42178 Total Miles for the day: 171 Weather: sunny, breezy Temperature: start 65º in Zion; High 97º in Zion Canyon; 55° Cedar Breaks Wildlife count: Red Squirrel Year List: 258 Birds: Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Western Meadowlark, Wild Turkey, Mallard, Eurasian-collared Dove, American Robin, House Sparrow, Black-billed Magpie, Steller’s Jay, Brewer’s Blackbird, Osprey, nest & chick; Dark-eyed Junco, Brow-headed Cowbird, American Coot, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Common Raven,...

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May 30, 2014 - Peaceful evening

Date: May 30, 2014 Weather: sunny, Temperature: start 69º High 95º Wildlife count: Mule deer Year List: 257 Birds: Western Kingbird, House wren We’re just sitting outside here in Zion – temps down to 85, the canyon is now in the shade. Our view is completed surrounded by sunset-drenched cliffs – Bridge Mountain to our left and Watchman to the right. Every once in a while a waft of someone’s dinner cooking drifts over us, and the campground is quiet. Mike hooked up and left this morning – we know he was pretty sad to leave. It was hard to...

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May 29, 2014 - Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park

Thursday, 29-May – Zion Canyon Campground to Kolob Canyons Site #10 Trip miles: 44 miles Route taken: UT-9 W -> UT-17 N -> US-15 N -> Kolob Canyons Road Average Gas mileage: 27.0mpg Weather: warm (63F) in the morning, hot (85F) in the afternoon Elevation: 3920 ft → 6000 ft. Highlights: - finding Kolob Arch - seeing a snake and frog in La Verkin Creek - cooling off in the cool creek water - having enough creek water to filter and treat for cooking Even though we were packed up and on our way to the Kolob Canyons section of Zion...

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May 29, 2014 - First day at South Campground

Date: May 29, 2014 Weather: partly cloudy - warm Temperature: start 97º High 70º Wildlife count: Zion Bats, Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 257 Birds: House Wrens Today was our first day of work at South Campground. It began at 6:45 am and was non-stop data collection till 11 am when we called the campground filled. Then we made a round to register the remaining campers and had a quick bite of lunch. After lunch, another round allowed us to record license plates. One would think that all could be done in one round, but speed is of the...

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May 28, 2014 - The Narrows, Zion Canyon

Wednesday, 28-May – Zion National Park Trip miles: 0 miles Route taken: Zion Park Shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava at the end of the canyon Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: warm (63F) in the morning, hot (91F) in the afternoon Elevation: 3920ft Highlights: - getting our permit for the Zion Kolob Canyon hike - hiking up "The Narrows" lower portion of the Virgin River from the head of Zion Canyon No sleeping bags were required last night and no gloves this morning. It was very warm already at 6:00, with a strong wind blowing. After a...

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May 28, 2014 - Move to South Campground & new tires

Date: May 28, 2014 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 69º High 101º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Collared Lizard, Zion bats Year List: 257 Birds: Cedar Waxwings, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wrens We were NOT up at 5 this morning, but slept till after 6, which was delightful. As we had packed a lot yesterday, we were able to enjoy our morning coffee and breakfast. Since we were only moving about ¼ mile, we didn’t need to pack everything with the intensity that we usually pack, so we left around 9:15. Once over at South,...

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May 27, 2014 - Last day to work Watchman Campground

Date: May 27, 2014 Weather: very, very warm Temperature: start 68º High 99º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: We were up before 5:30 am to be over at South Campground for our shadowing of Mike around 6:30. After a fast 2 mile walk around the many loops of the campground where we collected all expired tags, Mike dismissed us till things started to get crazy. He thought it would start at 9:30, but he called at 8:30 and told us it was starting, to get there quick. Sooooooooooo, we joined the frenzy – new campers...

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May 27, 2014 - North Rim to Zion National Park

Tuesday, 27-May – Demotte Campground (North Kaibab Forest) to Zion National Park Trip miles: 152 miles Route taken: SR-67 N → US-89A W → US-389 N → US-9 E Average Gas Mileage: 26.7mpg Weather: cool in the morning (40F), hot by 10:00 in Zion Canyon (100F) Elevation: 8700ft - 3900ft Highlights: - getting a campground 1 mile outside the park in Springdale - hiking the Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon Trails We were wearing gloves this morning to pack up the tent at the Demotte Campground. Little did we know that in a few short hours we would...

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May 26, 2014 - Large groups, wrong site, Condors

Date: May 26, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 63º High 94º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrel, Zion Bats Year List: 256 Birds: Plumbeous Vireo, Cooper’s Hawk, Black-chinned & Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Bluebird, Summer and Western Tanager, Rock & House Wren It was a crazy busy day! We began the morning by repacking the ‘basement’, our cargo space – everything out and reset for travel. After the morning rounds to get everyone out after the long holiday weekend, we found that there was only one site that we had...

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