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May 10, 2014 - Relaxed day at work, but look out later!

Date: May 10, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 56º High 82º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Bats, Collared Lizard Year List: 253 Birds: the usual, except a female Black-headed Grosbeak It was an easy day at work – we spent the afternoon relaxing – even got our reservations for the camping spot when we go to visit Glacier. Our park is 5 miles out of the Glacier entrance. Mike and Robin came over and we enjoyed visiting. Ken and his wife Gayle arrived around 3:30, and we visited with them as well. Dinner was country-style...

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May 9, 2014 - Getting set up for Mother's Day Weekend - a big one

Date: May 9, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, a few clouds Temperature: start 51º High 75º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Collared Lizards Year List: 253 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, Western Wood Pewee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lesser & American Goldfinch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, Summer Tanager, Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Bullock’s Oriole This morning there were some folks who did not seem to want to leave – why would anyone...

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May 8, 2014 - First work day

Date: May 8, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 45º High 70º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Collared Lizard, Rock Squirrel Year List: 252, Life List: 433 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Eurasian-Collared Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, House Wren, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser and American Goldfinch Today...

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May 7, 2014 - Zion National Park to Panguich, UT

From Saint George, UT, Zion National Park was our main destination for the day before heading on to Panguich, UT for the night. Turned out to be a mostly cold and dreary day. One for long pants and winter jackets! Zion was full of hikers and sight lookers....mostly hikers with all the available trails. They have free shuttle buses that run constantly up the canyon where no private vehicles are allowed. We got on for the ride and only got off once for a look at a view where it started to rain along with gusty winds! From there we stayed on...

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May 7, 2014 - Birding in the rain!

Date: May 7, 2014 Weather: cloudy, rain, windy Temperature: start 51º High 59º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel Year List: 250 Birds: Phainopepla, Black-headed Grosbeak, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow-warbler, Say’s Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Western Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Eurasian-collared Dove, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, American Robin With a rainy day, it gave us time...

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May 6, 2014 - Local birding and a great evening with friends

Date: May 6, 2014 Weather: very windy, sunny Temperature: start 60º High 72º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels Year List: 248; Life List: 432 Birds: Say’s Phoebe, Canyon Wren, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Brewer’s Sparrow, Mockingbird, Mourning Dove, Common raven, White-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Violet-green Swallow, Western Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Bufflehead, Great-tailed Grackle, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Killdeer, Road Runner with a lizard in its mouth, American Coot,...

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May 6, 2014 - Zion Touring day

Today is the sightseeing day. We took a ride with a ranger. Boarded a shuttle (only transportation allowed in the park pass the Zion Lodge) and tour the park scenic route with the ranger on the board. We found it much more interesting and we had an opportunities to take pictures on few stops. After two hrs of that we went back to the camp, walk the dogs, had lunch and packed for another trip. This time we decided to hike the Emerald lakes trail, easy hike and took some nice pictures. Diner in the town today and tomorrow we driving to the...

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May 6, 2014 - More Zion Hiking

With our departure only two days away, we decided to do a few off the grid hikes that we hadn’t done before. Both hikes involved an intermittent waterfall. The first attempt was using the Clear Creek drainage which runs along much of the upper Zion highway. It turned out to be a bit much being as we were responsible for picking our own trail up a 900 ft slick rock cliff. The first mate did not like the look of this particular climb. It was going to be very steep. So no go! Our efforts were not wasted. To get to the 900 ft climb we traversed...

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May 5, 2014 - Zion

We left Vegas early this morning it was windy but drivable and we were not going to drive very long distance, about 158 miles to Zion national Park. We arrived early and were glad as lines to the park are getting long very quickly. Camp and parking lot was full, luckily we had reservation that we made six months ago for a riverfront location and just electricity hookup. After we set up we drove to the Springdale, town that is in a short distance away and later we went to see the movie projected on the six story high screen about Zion park,...

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May 5, 2014 - Day trip to Bryce Canyon NP & great hike

Date: May 5, 2014 Mileage: End - 41082 Start - 40893 Total Miles for the day: 189 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 60º High 63º high temperature at Bryce Canyon Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Chipmunk, Year List: 247; Life List: 431 Birds: White-throated Swift, Northern Flicker, Say’s Phoebe, Steller’s Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Verdin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird,...

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May 4, 2014 - Campground Stories that make us scratch our heads

Date: May 4, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 56º High 89º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer, Collared Lizard, Antelope Ground Squirrel Year List: 245 Birds: Song Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Western Kingbird, Turkey Vulture, American & Lesser Goldfinches, House Finch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Chipping Sparrow These are the days that campground stories are made of!! 1. On one of the rounds today, two elderly foreign couples were sharing a small rented motorhome. The two gentlemen tottered out...

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May 4, 2014 - Hike in Red Canyon near Orderville

A few days after the Acott’s left, we decided to try a slot canyon that was outside of the park. The slot in question is called Red Canyon and is on BLM land. No permits, ropes, rappelling harnesses and wet suits required. As we headed East up the Zion/Mt Carmel Highway, we encountered some freshly fallen boulders that were blocking the inside lane just after we started up the steeply switch backed road. We were just short of the famous Zion Tunnel when we were held up by three park workers. Even those three ‘bubbas’ were not going to be...

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