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…

09/18/2014 Betsy

HANGING WITH THE HOODOOS BRYCE CANYON QUEEN’S GARDEN TRAIL   AMPHITHEATER PAIUTE INDIAN LEGEND on HOODOOS  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…

09/18/2014 Betsy

SLIP SLIDING AWAY Mosey Cave Trail   THIS TRAIL THROUGH LOVELY HOODOOS AND UP TO A WATERFALL IS LISTED AS “ONE OF THE EASIEST HIKES IN THE PARK”!  DESPITE THAT CLAIM, I MANAGED TO SLIP……NOT ONCE … BUT TWICE. MOSEY CAVE THE FIRST SPILL HAPPENED FIVE STEPS FROM THE CAR!  i STEPPED OVER A CURB AND SLID ON LOOSE ROCK SCRAPING UP MY SHIN, CALF, RIGHT ELBOW, SHOULDER AND HAND.  I WAS UP…..THEN I WAS DOWN!  DAVE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I FELL … HE WAS STILL GETTING OUT OF THE CAR!   THE VIEW OF THE…

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…

09/15/2014 Betsy

A DRIVE TO THE SUN LA SAL MOUNTAIN RANGE   Heading 20 miles south of Moab are the La Sal Mountains which are part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  These mountains are nearly 13,000’ and are the second highest mountain range in Utah.   LA SAL Our first turn off was onto a well maintained dirt and gravel road. We entered the National Forest and started our climb to the top.  Along the road were campsites in beautiful meadows and most were taken with trailers and four wheelers taking advantage of this beautiful area. [caption…

09/15/2014 Betsy

CANYONLANDS   Canyonlands has three distinct areas with separate entrances.  Island in the Sky is the entrance just down from Dead Horse Point State Park, the Needles entrance is about 30 miles down the road and The Maze is the wildest and most remote area requiring a special permit. Before we entered the park we viewed the Merrimack and the Mariner buttes.   The confluence of the Green and Colorado River meet in this canyon.  Canyons stretch over 100 miles, a broad mesa, CANYONS IN CANYONSSHAFFER CANYON   COLORADO RIVER Island in…

09/15/2014 Betsy

OVERLOOKING CANYONLANDS Dead Horse Point State Park   Utah was very wise to take control of so much of her land.  If she hadn’t it probably would have been drilled, mined, excavated, crushed, crunched and sliced up!    We should all thank Utah for their forward thinking and preservation of this beautiful state.   MOAB   There is sooooooooooo much to do out here.  It is a mecca for the outdoors’ person.  If you’re into mountain niking, this is heaven.  If you’re into hiking, this is heaven.  If you’re into fishing, kayaking, rafting, off-roading …. this is…

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…