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Jul 19, 2014 - Zion National Park, UT

The Quail Park Lodge provided a continental breakfast: fruit, muffins, sausage balls (the fav), coffee and juices. After tanking up on food and drink, we drove to Zion National Park. We entered the park from the east via Hwy 9, locally called the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. We passed the Checkerboard Mesa as we approached the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The road disappears into a canyon wall and 1.1 miles later back into sunlight. After emerging from the tunnel, the highway switchbacks down Pine Creek Canyon and then arrives at Zion Canyon where...

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Bust 'em Ruts

Jun 6, 2014 - Saying Goodbye to Zion

Date: June 6, 2014 Weather: sunny, hot Temperature: start 68º High 102º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Zion Bats Year List: 258 Birds: House Wren Today was our last day to work at Zion, and it was a very busy day. Thanks to Mike and Cindy, we were able to catch a little time to pack up the rv in preparation for tomorrow’s departure. AND they cooked dinner for us – burgers, baked beans, we brought zucchini – it was a delightful picnic. One of the neatest gifts was a note from a German couple that John had helped – Gerhardt and...

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Going West 2014

Jun 5, 2014 - Work, Work, Work

Date: June 5, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 63º High 101º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Zion Bats, Year List: 258 Birds: Verdin flock It was a busy day at work – little time for much else. We did talk with Dan about what changes could be made in the host system here.

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Going West 2014

Jun 4, 2014 - Day off to play

Date: June 4, 2014 Weather: sunny, hot Temperature: start 63º High 100º Wildlife count: Gray Fox, Cottontail Rabbit, Mule Deer, Zion Bats Year List: 258 Birds: Mourning Dove, Bullock’s Oriole, Phainopepla, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Mockingbird, Western Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Red-tailed Hawk, House Wren, Say’s Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Turkey Vulture, Mallard, Mute Swan, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Eurasian-collared Dove, Towhee (sp), Killdeer, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Great Blue Heron This was our relaxing day...

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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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Going West 2014

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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