Category Archives: Utah

Day 43, Bryce Canyon, Horses, ATV’s, Phenomenal Day, May 16th

125.3 RV miles today, 6,479 total

We got up early today to take our horses, “El Paso,” “Red River,” & “Rachel,” off the rim into the floor basin where erosion has shaped colorful limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into a spectacular array of spires, fins, and pinnacles known as “hoodoos.” These whimsically arranged hoodoos resemble church steeples, Gothic spires, castle walls, animals, and even people. Phenomenal ride! Back at the top, we headed over to get some Four wheeler ATV’s to travel the woods & along the rim. Another phenomenal ride! Then after a stop at Adobe Cafe in Hatch, Utah, we headed on to Jacob Lake, Arizona near the north rim of the Grand Canyon, where Shelby settled into her tree hammock. It was a phenomenal day, m,b, s & t  

“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” –Ronald Reagan (40th President of the United States, 1911-2004)

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard


Day 42, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, May 15th

125.7 RV miles today, 6,353.7 total

                    We went back into Zion this morning to hike the middle & lower Emerald Pool Trails near the Lodge.After lunch, we left Zion passing Checkerboard Mesa (named by the geologic marks scratched across its surface that resembles a checkerboard) & headed over to Bryce Canyon via Red Rock Canyon to drive through the park and stop at Natural Bridge Point, Bryce Point, & Sunset Point. We then headed to The Pines Restaurant for a home-cooked meal. The Paiute Indian history says the colorful, wildly-shaped hoodoos of Bryce Canyon were “Legend People” who were turned into stone by the trickster god Coyote. Bryce Canyon is situated along the southeastern rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The word paunsaugunt come from the Palute Indian language. It means place or home of the beavers. Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon. It’s actually a natural amphitheater. Marmots, a high-elevation mammal found here, are often called “rockchucks” by the local population. From Bryce Canyon, m, b, s & t
                “Lovely and majestic beyond the cunning of human thought, the mighty Zion monuments rise to the sun as lightly as clouds that pass. And forever florious and forever immutable, they must rebuke human pride with the vision of ultimante beauty, and fulfill earth’s dream of rest after her work is done.” — Harriet Monroe, 1899
            “It’s a heck of a place to lose a cow.” — Brother Ebenezer Bryce (Morman pioneer cattleman and the first permanent settler in the Bryce Canyon area)
            “Before there were any Indians, the Legend People, To-when-an-ung-wa, lived in that place. There were many of them. They were of many kinds–birds, animals, lizards and such things–but they looked like people…For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad. Because they were bad, Coyote turned them all into rocks. You can see them in that place now; all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding on to others. you can see their faces, with paiint on them just as they were before they became rocks…” –Palute Indian legend describing rock formations in Bryce Canyon



Day 41, Zion National Park, Utah, May 14th

163.2 RV miles today, 6,228 total

We traveled from Las Vegas into Utah to check into Zion Canyon Campground RV Resort. We felt like we were already in the park with the views we have from our campsite. We took the Zion National Park shuttle tour stopping at the most northernly stop to hike the Riverside Walk 3 miles round-trip up to the Narrows of the Virgin River (nicknamed “Wall Street”), where thousand-foot cliffs rise right out of the water and hanging gardens surrounded us, allowing us to go no further without proper water gear. We walked among these towering cliffs in this narrow canyon seeing sandstone cliffs ranging in color from cream, to pink, to red like sand castles. Zion is often said to be the most beautiful place in America. “Spectacular” is uttered time and time again as eyes raise to view the vast monoliths. Zion National Park unveils its eight layers of sandstone, displaying what has taken two-hundred-sixty million years to carve and mold. Archeologists have identified sites and artifacts from the Archaic culture, dating from about 7,000 BC to 300 BC, from Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Fremont cultures, dating from 300 BC to AD 1225, and from Southern Paiute culture, dating from AD 1250 to present day. Mormon pioneers settled in southern Utah and began farming here in the 1850s. We took the shuttle back into Springdale just outside the park and had dinner at Wildcat Willies. From Zion National Park, m, b, s & t

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” –John Muir (naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States, 1838-1914)

“One hardly knows just how to think of it. Never before has such a naked mountain of rock entered into our minds! Without a shred of disguise its transcendent form rises preeminent. There is almost nothing to compare to it. Niagara has the beauty of energy; the Grand Canyon, of immensity; the Yellowstone, of singularity; the Yosemite, of altitude; the ocean, of power; this Great Temple, of eternity—” Frederick S. Dellenbaugh (1853-1935, Speech to introduce the nation to Zion Canyon)

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