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Aug 3, 2020 - Zion National Park

Zion National Park was one of the highlights we were looking forward to on this trip. There were some great things and some not so great. The park is made up of two primary roads. The east to west road is about 14 miles long with the two mile Mount Carmel Tunnel on the east end. The west end is called the Switchbacks which is a real pretty mountain pass area. The north and south route is about 9 miles long and is called the Scenic Drive. Again, there are very pretty mountain visas but it is very hard to see them. Zion has become so popular...

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Oct 13, 2019 - Zion

October 13, 2019 TJ’s publishes recipes that call for their prepared products. Last night I made Spicy Chicken Chimichura which was delicious and very easy to make. (Josh and Melissa, speedy dinner for you! Is in your recipe book.). Jalapeno chicken sausage sliced, browned. Add broccoli florets and packaged Chimichura. Voila! Had 2015 Beringer Reserve chardonnay. I got up early to do the laundry before breakfast. Very windy! Sun on the cliffs was gorgeous. We didn’t leave camp until 10:00 which is late for getting into the park. We walked...

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Oct 12, 2019 - Bryce to Zion

October 12, 2019 We got up at 7:30 (to 11 degrees) because we were taking the free Bryce NP 3 ½ hour tour of the remote areas of Bryce. We were moving quickly. I didn’t realize that the space heater was on when I plugged in the coffee maker. We blew all the plugs. To make a long story short we found one plug that worked near the baseboard and made coffee and toast on the floor. The Rainbow Tour shuttle picked us right outside of camp. The bus looked like an old school bus but I suspect was made for NP tours. Bob had plenty of room in the...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Zion National Park

On Sunday we drove to Zion National Park. The drive to the entrance was just over an hour. As expected, there was a crowd at the park. Entry provided only a modest delay, but we were stopped for a longer period when we arrived at the entry to the mile-long narrow and short tunnel that the park is known for. Apparently, the park has decided to restrict the tunnel to one-way traffic. As a result, there was a considerable delay waiting for opposite flow traffic. When we descended toward the visitor center stopping once to take some photos, it...

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Apr 10, 2019 - Zion Natl Park South Gate 12/12/2012

This was the first time that we visited the park in 2012, Most of the journey through this side of Zion, was fairly flat, with some curves, and water running alongside the road in some places being winter, we knew the run off wouldn't be a problem. We also knew that we had to put the East Gate to Zion on our bucket list to return. We did see some wild horses, and deer too. The beauty in America can't be fully appreciated in picture, but has to be appreciated in person, in my opinion.

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Apr 9, 2019 - Zion Ntl Park from East Gate

We have been to Zion in the past entering from the south, and going to the end. This time I wanted to go through the arches on the road to the east entrance, and I wanted to go through the two tunnels, but wasn't expecting that the long tunnel was about 2 miles long, and extreme dark with no interior lights. There were about 4 or five openings along the way for fresh air.. Another thing about this tunnel is that it curved inside the mountain, and definitely not even 11 ft. in height in places.

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Apr 8, 2019 - Mossy Cave

This was on our bucket list from the first time we visited the park, back in "06. There were almost no area to park our car, and no bathroom either. Great improvement. We only made it to the first bridge, this time we went all the way to the waterfall, and then to the up hill climb to the cave. Trail was wet, muddy, and slippery. The ice in the cave, we were told, usually stays until late June. It was well worth the extra effort this trip, to full fill another thing on our bucket list. I hope you enjoy our pictures, and leave a reply on...

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Feb 12, 2019 - Zion National Park/ Kanab Utah

Bus Tour Day 3 Zion National Park in Utah. After exploring Zion we traveled to Kanab for lunch. Another unexpected part of the journey was then traveling back into Arizona to Fredonia and driving Hwy 389 back to St George. The Mormons had built many homes along this route, we listened to the history details from our tour director as we passed through. Scenery again was incredible, I hope this was a scenic highway.If it is not,it should be. Did I mention the 1 mile tunnel,where over heights must navigate in the middle. they close the traffic...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Zion National Park

It has been 3-4 days since our last post. Time to bring y’all up to date. Our last day in Kanab we were not what we wanted to do. We were still recovering from the day before’s ATV & hiking adventure. We decided on a leisurely drive over to Zion national park. Probably the best decision we have or will make on this trip! I know I have raved about all the places & scenery we seen up to this point but Zion moves to the top and will stay there. It’s a wonderful place to see and hike! The scenery is absolutely incredibly beautiful. You can...

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Nov 10, 2017 - artistic inspiration

We've spent the last two days moseying around the main part of Zion National Park. Like Yosemite, this park suffers from too much love and the main valley can only be accessed by shuttle bus even this late in the season. Many of the voices we hear are not speaking English. Zion is a world class destination. Autumn has barely begin here at the lower elevations. The golden leaves and the golden sage blooming cast a warm glow over many scenes. The Virgin River flows through the main valley, so a wide variety of plants can be found here; even...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Change and Transition

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...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Zion National Park

So we have done another 2 hours drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, where we are camping for 4 nights. Tuesday, we set up camp and did a couple of walks, one along the river called the 'Pa'rus Trail' and the other was the 'Emerald Pool Trail'. It was really, really hot. Wednesday, the big one. We set off from camp in the morning to tackle 'Angels Landing' a very challenging hike, scrambling up sheer cliffs, you can't imagine how proud I was to make it to the top, only to realise we had forgotten the camera! So I am afraid this is...

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