So friends, here are the photos from Zion at last.
We had such a great time on the trip to Zion with the Sun City Anthem RV club. Lots of outdoor activities, lots of happy hours and lots of shared memories.
The first day, shortly after arrival we had happy hour, heavy appetizers and then a camp fire with our two guitarists, John and Doug playing while the rest of us TRIED to sing. Out of the 40 or so there, only about two had a voice that you would want to listen to under other circumstances. But then it was all in good fun.
The second day we hiked a couple of easy trails in Zion. It was a perfect day … cool weather and clear skies.
Having had enough hiking, we shopped in Springfield the third day and went to an old Mormon ghost town just outside of Rockville in the old town of Grafton with our friends Scott and Donna. It had a small cemetery, a school house and a couple of other old buildings. The interesting thing about the cemetery was seeing how many people died from the pandemic flu and from Indian attacks. Also, it was interesting to see how short their lives were. Most died either as children or as young adults. You might notice in one of the photos someone was trespassing while taking photos. Naughty!
Donna and Scott
The last day we went to Kanab and we stopped to see BEST FRIENDS, a beautiful animal sanctuary just outside of Kanab. It is a wonderful organization that has made a huge impact on turning shelters into no-kill shelters. They have saved thousands of animals since inception. You can volunteer there and we are hoping to do that some day.
We also kept seeing these strange creatures as we were driving around. What? You paid $20.00 for an ostrich egg? Silly tourists.
At the end of the trip, our great wagon master told us he and his wife were retiring from being wagon master for this trip. (Jack and Rochelle) He asked for volunteers and all hands pointed to Lennard, my husband. Hmmmm … Who is going to do all the work?
Could not ask for more breath taking scenery!
Yahoo! We are just about to embark on a short RV trip to Zion. We really haven’t been anywhere since our return from our Epic Adventure around the U.S. and parts of Canada. It took quite some time to catch up with family, friends and things left undone for six months. Then of course there was catching up with mail and a million other things, like Holidays, leaking faucets in the house, cleaning the RV from top to bottom, and washing everything I had not been inclined to wash along the road.
We have all settled back into the rhythm of being in a house again. Even the dogs are back to chasing rabbits in the back yard and using the doggie door. I was wondering if we would feel like getting right back on the road and becoming full timers, but that didn’t happen. I like living in the house, and as long as I know we can set out anytime we want for as long as we want, I’m happy with our choice.
We would like to take another long trip in the near future … maybe to the East Coast again, but we will have to settle for a couple of short trips in April. However, in June we will be going on a trip to Montana and Wyoming for three weeks. I can hardly wait for that one.
It will include the Tiffin Rally being held in Gillette, Wyoming and should be a lot of fun. Three friends of ours will be joining us for that expedition.
Like I said … Yahoo! Getting ready to saddle up again.
I guess it would be more exciting if I wrote that we had lots of problems and then miraculously solved them on our own. Fortunately, that was not the case. We actually had a great time with few problems. We went with our Sun City Anthem RV Club, so there were lots of people with years of experience to give us advice and help with any problems.
We took off in a mini-caravan (just two of us) with our good friends, Scott and Donna and had am uneventful drive to the Zion River RV Resort. This is one of the best resorts in the country, offering full hookups, pool, store, camping, and…. Ta Da… it sits right on the Virgin River just a few miles from Zion. What more could you ask for. The Resort was amazingly serene, except when our group was singing and partying till the late hour of 9PM. The people working there were extremely helpful and just plain nice. I would go back in minute.
We spent a great day hiking in Zion and took the easy path up to the Narrows. The day was splendid and the river water was crystal clear. The photos above of the wild flowers were taken on the hike among the rocks near the river path. The next day we walked around the town of Springfield and browsed the galleries and craft stores. There were some magnificent pieces of art by local artists displayed in the galleries as well as breathtaking photos of Zion. By the way, dogs are not allowed the shuttles and only on one of the paths, so the girls spent the day at Doggie Dude Ranch just outside of Zion.
The only problem we could not could not solve on our own was the sun panel over the shower was stuck in open position. (Not a major disturbance to life) but a little aggravating, as when we are in Alaska in the summer and it is open 24/7, we would get light in the bedroom most of the night. So, when we got back…off to the service department.
Also, my husband learned we need a more substantial sewer hose. I did not ask any questions about that. All in all, it was a lovely adventure and we are now feeling a lot more confident about the Epic Road Trip coming up in a few weeks.