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Mar 19, 2014 - First trip up Kolob Terrace Road

Date: March 19, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 28º High 61º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Ground Squirrel Year List: 211 Birds: Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup (sp), Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Propane & steaks at the EDR

Date: March 18, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 34º High 55º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer Year List: 209 Birds: Lesser & American Goldfinch, Western Bluebirds, Oregon Junco, House Sparrow, American Robin, Mourning Dove, Common Raven, Eurasian Collared Dove Our propane tank emptied sometime after our last time of cooking, so when John tried to start the furnace this morning – there was no heat. So, he went out to switch it to the other tank, but it appeared to be empty as well. We found out later, that there...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Windy Afternoon

Date: March 17, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine – then strong winds Temperature: start 48º High 73º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Lizards Year List: 209 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, House Finch, Common Raven Felt much better today and did all rounds with John. This afternoon, as we completed our rounds, we warned the campers of the impending windstorm, with possible 50 mph gusts, and 25 mph sustained winds. Many of the spring breakers took the poles out of their tents and put rocks on the material. The wind seems to have died way...

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Mar 15, 2014 - Work Day

Date: March 15, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine and some wind Temperature: start 44º High 69º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 209 Birds: European-Collared Dove, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Raven, House Finch, Spotted Towhee It was a crazy day at work today – our first day back. The campground was completely booked, and there was an A & B shift of the rangers in the booth, which means the booth was open from 7:30am to 7:15pm. It was pretty much non-stop, although we did have about an hour to sit and bask...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Adventure to Sand Hollow State Park

Date: March 14, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 44º High 69º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Antelope Ground Squirrel, Lizard, Bat Year List: 209 Birds: Common Raven, European Starling, American Robin, American Coot, Cinnamon Teal, Bufflehead, Western, Clark’s, Horned, Eared & Pied-billed Grebes, Common Loon, Ruddy Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Great-tailed Grackle, Rock Wren, House Finch, Western Meadowlark, Canada Goose, Western Bluebird The morning was relaxing as we...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Hiking Watchman Trail

Date: March 13, 2014 Weather: mostly cloudy, a few sunbreaks Temperature: start 45º High 64º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 207 Birds: Western Bluebird, Eurasian-collared Dove, House Finch, Orange-crowned Warbler, American & Lesser Goldfinch, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bushtit, Canyon Wren, Say’s Phoebe It was cloudy and windy this morning when we awoke, so we planned an indoor day. John’s new computer’s email program was not functioning properly, so I chatted with the...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Relaxed day

Date: March 12, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 40º High 63º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 205 Birds: Common Raven, Eurasian-Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Red-tailed Hawk, House Finch, Ring-billed Gull, Townsend’s Solitaire, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee It was wonderful to sleep in this morning and enjoy very relaxed morning coffee and devotions. We stopped at Wildcat Willies for breakfast. I had their French toast, which was seasoned...

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Mar 11, 2014 - A Really Busy Day

Date: March 11, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 40º High 55º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel Year List: 205 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Flicker This was an amazingly busy day – we were constantly working with guests, picking up trash and putting out fires that had been left burning, as well as trying to get people into the correct sites and happy in their site. We are exhausted, but it was good day. Dinner was simple – kielbasa, baked beans and coleslaw. The brisk north winds made us...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Good News all around!

Date: March 10, 2014 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 48º High 71º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 205 Birds: American Robin, House Finch, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Bluebirds Today brought some very interesting dialogue with campers. Very early, even before sunrise, as we were making our first round, we met a gentleman in the large-group camping area, who was wrapped in a wool blanket, and we greeted him inquiring about keeping warm in the chilly morning air. As we talked, he shared that this was an outdoor...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Worship in the Canyon

Date: March 9, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 43º High 70º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 205 Birds: Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, Western Bluebirds, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finches Worship was not possible within the walls of a building today. However, worship was all around us as we served in the campground. All one had to do was to look up and then look at the faces of the people who were thrilled to be in this place to be awed by the majesty! Photos will tell the story. This was our...

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Mar 8, 2014 - Coal Pits Wash hike

Date: March 8, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 31º High 68º Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Rock Squirrel, Mule Deer, Eastern Cottontail Year List: 205 Birds: Wild Turkey, European Starling, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian-collared Dove, Common Raven, Ring-billed Gull, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk Our morning began with breakfast at the Main Street Café in Hurricane, a funky little place on Main Street with really good food. You order at the window and your food is served....

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Mar 7, 2014 - East side of Zion - canyons hike

Date: March 7, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 41º High 63º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer Year List: 205 Birds: Say’s Phoebe, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, House Finch, American Robin, Canyon Wren What a beautiful day! We enjoyed my favorite breakfast – sausage/scrambled eggs with left-over corn bread crumbled into the eggs/shredded cheddar cheese – what a treat! It fortified us for a morning of hiking. We drove up and out through the tunnel – up from the canyon floor where we live at 4000’ to...

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