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Mar 18, 2013 - Zion National Park
Marilyn & I looked forward to a return visit to Zion National Park today. We were up, showered and dressed a few minutes before the restaurant opened. Once they allowed us in we ordered coffee and a good breakfast. We enjoyed the meal along with the friendly banter with the waitress. The temperature on the car thermometer showed 28 degrees this morning and we noticed frost on several cars in the parking lot. On the drive to the park today, we saw more deer, and some buffalo. Yesterday we spied a Big Horn Sheep, and today, in the park, we...Jump to full entry
Mar 16, 2013 - red rock country
It would be hard to find a more naturally picturesque part of the world than southern Utah/northern Arizona. It's almost as arid as where we've been the last few months, but a bit more rain makes all the difference. The bright red earth, the bright blue sky, the bright green plants, bizarre rock formations - a feast for the eyes wherever you go. In town and in our campground trees are loaded with pink and white blossoms and leaves are bursting forth. Spring is here. We drove to Sand Hollow State Park, a fairly new park created when a dam...Jump to full entry
Nov 1, 2012 - Zion National Park
Zion remains one of our favorite parks, and we thoroughly enjoyed our two days hiking there. We entered the park from the east side and hiked up the Canyon Overlook Trail. The trail reveals some very different patterns on rock faces often caused before uplift and erosion. Called cross-bedding, the rock looks as if numerous small grooves have been cut into it at different angles. In one place, under a large overhang, the trail is completely eroded and replaced by a metal and wood walkway, which gives the feeling of being suspended over the...Jump to full entry
Oct 25, 2012 - Zion National Park
I visited Zion National Park in 2009 on a whirlwind vacation and wasn’t able to explore all of it (not to mention 100 degree temps). We never drove through the eastern section during daylight and I never knew what we missed until now. Buddy and I drove to the east entrance and stayed at an RV campground about a ½ mile from the entrance to Zion. I didn’t see the need to drive the RV through the park while towing a car just to camp within Zion. Our next stop would have required us to then drive back out the east entrance. As soon as the RV...Jump to full entry
Oct 24, 2012 - of Patriarchs and Virgins
and other foolishness Beautiful as it is, there is something about Zion National Park that annoys me. OK - it’s the preponderance of biblical names. All over the valley there are ‘Courts of This’ and ‘Temples of That’ - until every rock in the park seems to have inspired some preacher to give it a biblical name. One exception is Sinawava - a questionable spirit from Ute mythology, but even then it has to be the Temple of Sinawava - as though the poor heathen was getting ready to convert. You’ve got your White Throne, your Angel’s Landing,...Jump to full entry
Oct 23, 2012 - pink sand??
and coral pink sand at that! Located in the shadow of mighty Zion National Park lies the lesser known Coral Pink Sand Dunes Utah State Park, a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. We went there because Madolyn had heard about the pink sand dunes and wanted to see them - and like everything else she takes an interest in, the park was unique and absolutely wonderful. Except for their color the dunes are very much like other dunes we’ve seen, but the sand is really pink and it is very fine in texture. It...Jump to full entry
Oct 20, 2012 - Hiking "The Narrows"- Zion N.P.
It's time for another edition of "Unecessarily uncomfortable" strolls in Zion N.P.", with Dave & Cindy. LOL. Yesterday, I dragged Cindy out of the camper for what I promised would be another great adventure. (What she heard: "We're about to do alot more strenuous walking through a bunch of pretty rocks, in cold water, while David stops every 20ft to take a picture.") OK, in all fairness, there's some truth in that statement... but she was all smiles about 15 minutes into it, because she realized there weren't any STEPS! The Narrows is just...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2012 - Technical update-WiFi antenna really works!
Just a quick note on a new device we found that actually works. We rely quite a bit on free WiFi at parks, and businesses. Sometimes, we wind up a little too far from the signal source, or there's an obstruction such as a tree, (or the walls of our own camper) blocking the signal. We ran into this issue at our current site, with a substandard signal antenna, and a tree right next to our camper. We were only getting 2 or 3 bars on our signal strength, and often it would just quit working. We made some inquiries and found a device at Radio...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2012 - Angel's Landing-Zion N.P.
In 1916, a group of four explorers including one Fredrick Fisher came upon an unusually stunning geological formation. Fisher exclaimed: “Only an angel could land on it!” And this is what’s known today as “Angel’s Landing”… one of America’s, and the world’s most popular hiking destinations. The trail is 5 miles long, and takes 5 hours to complete, (Not including time spent catching your breath, taking pictures, or having lunch at the summit.) Hikers will gain an elevation of 1,488 ft. as they move along the trail, before reaching the summit...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2012 - Zion National Park
Happiness has many definitions… this month, I define it as living within an hour’s drive of multiple national and state parks, with an “interagency” park pass burning a hole my wallet. Zion National Park, like others we’ve visited in the last year, has an entrance fee of $25… so we’ve saved $50 in the last week. It’s only 15 minutes away, so we keep going back to walk trails we missed the day before… and there are lots of ‘em. The word Zion is plastered on about 75% of the signage in Utah, and I’ve often heard of people being referred to...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2012 - Zion, UT
Day forty three: Destination- Zion Soundtrack- Harvey Danger Zion was apparently so full that there was no parking in the park. We had to park in town and catch a shuttle bus into the park. They don't allow driving on the main road of the park. So, we would have had to ride the shuttle all day anyway, but the traffic was a bit annoying. We took the shuttle to the Angel's landing trailhead. It was supposedly a strenuous 5.4 mile, 4 hour hike. We figured we do this hike and then a couple smaller hikes before driving to Bryce. Little did we...Jump to full entry
Oct 12, 2012 - Grand Canyon, AZ to Zion, UT
Day forty two: Destination- Zion Soundtrack- Gorillaz This morning as we left the mountains it started to snow. Snow... in Arizona?... in October? Crazy weather... We spent most of the morning looking for a cool shot glass from Arizona (mostly because I got whiney that it would be the only state we didn't have. Once I start something I like to complete it). So, after quite a bit of searching we found one right at the border. We didn't get into Zion until after 2. We drove around a bit. They have some amazing tunnels through the...Jump to full entry