Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

Yesterday we completed (mostly) leg three of our amazing journey. Leg one = our trip to Kentucky to view the eclipse with Michael and his family, then on to Independence MO to join the Oregon Trail. Leg two = the Oregon Trail. Leg three = the great National Parks in the Southwest, beginning with Rocky Mountain NP. Yesterday we visited Zion National Park. It is made up of three sections. We visited the Kolob Canyons section on Wednesday. It is in the NW section and contains many dramatic canyons. The most famous section is the Canyon in the south. It receives the most annual visitors of any Park. We visited the Park on a shuttle bus traveling up the Canyon. This was the first canyon we visited from the floor looking up, rather than from the rim looking down. Dramatic, looking at walls towering over us. We did not visit the third, eastern section with its distinctive geology.

Hank had an added serendipity. A 93-year old professor from his Claremont Graduate School days was traveling in the park. Marilyn saw someone with a CGS shirt on. Conversation revealed that he and Hank crossed paths in the 1970s, and that Dr John Cobb was on a tour in the park. They met at the Lodge, a brief blessing.

If you are following our itinerary, you know we planned to head to California at this point. CHANGE. We have been 5 weeks on the road and covered 5,000 miles. "Some days are diamonds, some days are stone." Some days have been wonderful, others - well, we traveled in the same car but ... So, we have made an adjustment. We have eliminated the California leg, saving a week and 1,000 miles.

So, we are at the transition between legs three and four. On Monday we plan to join Route 66 at the Arizona-California border. And we will head EAST! We have one big stop yet to do - The Grand Canyon South Rim. That will begin on Wednesday. Route 66 is leg four, taking us to Chicago. Then we hop onto US Route 30 that ends up at Atlantic City, right near home. Of course, that is still 2-3 weeks away, but we are turning the corner this weekend. Wish us well.

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