09/27/2014 Betsy

OKLAHOMA TO ARKANSAS OZARK MOUNTAINS   Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma was flat, flat, flat.  If there was anything interesting to look at, it was way off in the distance.  However, once we cleared Oklahoma City the land started to roll and the scenery was green.  We passed towns with too many consonants to pronounce quickly.   Kickapoo Road,   Shawnee, Okemah,  Checotah,  Econtuchk, Tahlequah across the Seminole Reservation and Cherokee reminding me that this is where the tribes from the southeastern part of the US were relocated under the Indian Removal Act of 1830 …Trail of Tears. TRAIL OF TEARS  …

09/20/2014 Betsy

ON TO ARIZONA GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM Miles just keep ticking away!   WE LEFT MOUNT CARMEL SOUTH ON US 89 TO KANAB AZ THEN TURNED SOUTH ON US 89A TO THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON.  IT’S 42 MILES TO KANAB AND ANOTHER 40 SOME MILES OUT TO THE RIM BUT WORTH THE TRIP. THE SCENERY DRIVING DOWN TO ARIZONA WAS BEAUTIFUL, DESERTY, DRY BUT LOTS OF SCRUB BUSHES SO NOT TOTALLY BROWN.  ALL I SAW WERE SNAKES!  NOT REALLY … IT WAS VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL. WE DECIDED NOT TO SETTLE INTO A CAMPGROUND BUT RATHER TO DRIVE…

09/19/2014 Betsy

BRYCE TO ZION September 18, 2014 A word about Ruby’s RUBY’S INN AND RV PARK IN BRYCE CANYON CITY, UTAH IS QUITE AN ESTABLISHMENT.  IT IS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES FROM THE ENTRANCE TO BRYCE CANYON SO YOU CANNOT BEAT THE LOCATION.  THE RV PARK WAS GREAT, WE HAD A 60’ SHADEY PULL-THROUGH SO WE NEVER HAD TO UNHOOK THE TOW DOLLY.  THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF FACILITIES, A COUPLE OF RESTAURANTS, ATV RENTALS, HORSEBACK RIDING, AND A WESTERN REVUE.  THEY ALSO HAVE A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE CENTER, RV REPAIR AND CAR AND RV WASHES. THE SHUTTLE STOP WAS RIGHT OUTSIDE THE…

09/18/2014 Betsy

UTAH 12 – THE ALL AMERICAN HIGHWAY     HIGHWAY 12 IS A SEMICIRCLE CONNECTING US 89 WITH UTAH 24.  WE DROVE FROM BRYCE THROUGH THE ESCALANTE AND DIDN’T GO AS FAR AS CAPITOL REEF.   WE DESCENDED THROUGH BRYCE VALLEY AND THE TOWN OF TROPIC WHERE THE BRYCE FAMILY SETTLED TO BUILD A MORMON COMMUNITY.     WHERE THERE WAS IRRIGATION THE LAND WAS A VERDENT GREEN; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD WAS ROCKY BROWN DESSERT SAND.    THE TOWN IS NOT OVER-DEVELOPED BY ANY MEANS, SITTING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE RED ROCKS OF BRYCE CANYON.  THERE IS A…

09/17/2014 Betsy

VIEWS FROM 9000 FEET BRYCE CANYON SUNRISE POINT Being at the top of a canyon is a marvelous experience.    We drove from 7894’ to 9115’ from the entrance of Bryce Canyon to the top at Rainbow Point.  The vistas were enormous looking across at the hoodoos at the cliffs in the distance. HOW DID THE PARK GET ITS NAME??? EBENEZER & MARY BRYCE   Scottish born Ebenezer Bryce apprenticed as a shipwright in 1850 and, at 18, converted to Mormonism, moved to Utah and married Mary Ann Park.  The church officials asked Bryces to become serial…

09/15/2014 Betsy

GOING BACK TO 8000′ Getting out of the parking lot a challenge!   Got up early this morning to use the CG internet before anyone else was awake in order to upload Arches etc.  Once the office opens up, demands on the internet are strong. Consequently we got an earlier than usual start … 9AM … down to Bryce Canyon City.  Our route took us over to I-70 and down Rte 89S.  Dave said he didn’t want to go on any highway that had a car part in its name such as “driveshaft hill” taking US 191 south.   Apparently it…

09/14/2014 Betsy

MY ACHIN’ ARCHES Not Really! Sept 12, 2014   WIND GENERATORS We got an early start (for us) out of Salt Lake City and headed out I-15S to US 191 for Moab.  As we came through a canyon, that I don’t know the name of, there was a wind gen farm with huge wind generators catching the wind out of the canyon. Until you come right up alongside of them, it’s hard to imagine how huge these suckers are! Otherwise we drove across deserts with mountains in the background.  Not a fan of deserts….dry, scrubby and…

09/05/2014 Betsy

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK DRIVING TO THE SUN…..IF IT COMES OUT!   Today we “go to the sun” and hope the clouds clear off so we can see something.  Glacier National Park  borders US and Canada.  Our campground is located 7 miles from the entrance to the Park and you are immediately on the Going-To-The-Sun Road over the Continental Divide. The road has vehicle restrictions of no more than 24′ long and after we got going, we could understand why you would take the LONG WAY if going to West Glacier or St Mary’s Campground on the other side of the…

08/29/2014 Betsy

GRAND TETONS – STILL GRAND!   We drove through the Grand Tetons NP loop down to Jackson, WY.     WHATS IN A NAME: Until 1880’s many of the natural features went without names.  The Shoshone called the mountain range “Teewinot” meaning “many pinnacles”.  French Canadian trappers referred to the Grand, Middle and South Teton as “Les Trois Tetons” or “The Three Breasts”.  Early explorers called them “Pilot Knobs”.  The name Jackson came from trapper David Jackson.  In 1872 Hayden Expedition named Leigh and Jenny lakes after the guide Richard Leigh and his Shoshone wife.     A busy little…