We left beautiful Zion National Park in Utah this morning. It was a stop I'm glad I didn't miss. The campsites are clean and well taken care of. The Rangers and Volunteers are friendly and helpful. I'll definitely visit Zion again if I'm in the area.
I am writing this from a truck stop along highway 15 in Nevada on the way to Las Vegas.
When I dumped my grey water and added clean water yesterday afternoon, I met our Camp Host for the first time. I've seen Mike driving by my campsite in his camp host vehicle, but we had never talked. I asked him which mountain in front of us was "Watchman." I had read conflicting information on line and wanted to make sure. Turns out he has been doing a lot of volunteering, especially at Zion, for the last eight years. He said he's volunteering at Zion until June this year, all through the snow and floods, and whatever else comes along. Very interesting man - check out his blog, Light Curve on the Road, for some beautiful photos and clips of Zion. He has a lot of other interesting posts, too, but last night I mostly read the Zion posts. Last winter they evacuated the park due to flooding, and Mike has a short video of the Virgin River taken from the bridge next to the pedestrian admission area, and it's high and roaring. When Katie and I crossed it, many times during our stay, it looked like a wimpy little river, and although I heard on my tram tour about how the river carved out the canyons, it didn't seem possible. After seeing Mike's video, I'm a believer.
One of the posts I read was about some mice getting into his rig and what he did about it. So, a while later I hear a rustling noise by the couch, and Katie was sitting with me on the dinette. Hummm. I hear another sound, look up - and see a small furry head going under the driver's seat. :( I blame Mike. You know how if you don't think about something, it won't happen. Well, when I read about the mice, I think I made it happen.
Mike had given me his card and I e-mailed him about my critter and asked him what he put in his traps, because I was going to buy some on my way out of the park today. This morning, there was a knock on my door, and there was Mike with a mouse trap for me. He helped me load and lock it, and now it's sitting under my couch ready to take the little critter into mouse heaven. I hope.
Thanks, Mike. (He also lit my oven for me, which hasn't been working for me for a while. Thanks again.)
And so we left Zion. We drove to Saint George and stopped at the BLM office to get info, and then headed over to Snow Canyon. As we were driving to it with all the gorgeous red mountains surrounding us again, I thought, "A week, or two?" We got into the park, and headed to the campground with electricity and water hookups. I had called from town, and was told only site 2 was available for the next 7 to 14 days.
When I saw the site, I was so disappointed. It's in the most beautiful area, and from what I've heard about Snow Canyon, it has great hiking trails. But this campsite couldn't have been wider than most parking spots in Walmart. I got into the site, lined up the hookups and got out to see what we had. Immediately next to me was a bigger Class A completely blocking any view, sun or privacy. The windows of that rig were within two or three feet from my window.
I could almost reach out my window and touch the side of their rig. Their shades were closed, and I can assure you, mine would have been, too. I sat at my dinette and looked around - Nope - this wasn't going to work for me. It was $20/night, and honestly I would rather be in a parking lot where I have something of a view and a little privacy. I pulled out, and down the road to the ranger station and as I went out, I asked the ranger about the sites. She said there was another campsite with no hookups and there was more privacy in that one - for $18/night. I wanted electricity because of the cold nights, and since I was already on my way out of the park, I just kept going.
Along the road - there were some fantastic views and interesting roadways:
We'll find something.
I'm writing this two days later - I'm parked in a Costco parking lot in Henderson, NV. Had to get my Almond Ice Cream Bars!
A few more photos from Tuesday evening: