Zion for the day
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Zion is great, we parked up and went into the visitors centre and decided what we would do. We caught the free bus up a couple of stops to where we were going to have a walk. On the bus, we met a lovely couple, David and Stefanie and their daughters. Chatted with them about Stanley and where they recommended us to go, that we managed to not look at any of the scenery along the way! However, we got out at our chosen stop and walked along the path to the Emerald pools. Really great scenery, and its so close. The thing is that the mountains are right there next to you, and really impreessive, too. Made our way up to the higher pool, where it was quite spectacular. The presence of all the darn tourists spoilt it though!
Went on to the Grotto, where we caught the bus again, up to the end of the canyon. We failed to get out of the bus, thinking it was going to turn round and go back, but it didnt, so there we were stuck in a stationery bus, with the doors locked! Eventually managed to attract the drivers attention (we were in the second part of a bendy bus - seperate entities) so she let us out. Got onto the bus in front, and immediately the doors closed for the return journey! Travelled all the way back down the valley to the car park, which by now was packed. What do they do in season???
Drove through the park and out the other end, heading for Kolob Park, which is a part of Zion, not as well known, but which we had been recommended as being better than Zion. Parked up, and took the 5 mile 4 hour trail to the double arches. Well, they obviously allow for slower walkers, but as we needed to get to where we were to stay the night before dark, we legged it. Did the whole 7 odd miles in 2 hours. The scenery improved as we got further along the trail, and we were walking along side the stream most of the time
So this evening I wanted to go somewhere for Pulled Pork. The guy at reception recommended a place in Ling's shopping centre, along the way. We walked about a mile and couldnt find it, so settled for a Pizza Hut! Asked how far Lings was, and she said it was quite a long way further. Will have to keep trying! The motels/hoyels are along this road, and there are no eating places nearby. What an o[portunity for someone to open up with a captive market.
Satnav says 136 miles, but its missing a bit of track, so not sure, and that includes walking miles and catching the bus. Altitude 5970, max was 6169, climbed 8616 ft.
Martin's movie moment:
But you didn't ask me why yesterday's title was Hooray for Hollywood.Well - I'll tell you .From the 20s for nearly 50 years Kanab served as the centre for filming remote locations away from Hollywood proper in LA. Most of the big named stars and some of the most famous old films,particularly Westerns were shot there.The locals were well used to being used as doubles or extras.Even Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston was shot there.Can you guess when?See below* for answer
So anyway in the town there is a splendid old motel called Parry Lodge which acted as the residence for visiting stars and even now puts on regular film shows of old movies.I,thinking we would return to Kanab for a second night had booked us in to the motel and I was looking forward to posing Stanley outside .Not to be dear reader.
Not much to report today except meeting up with some really nice people.There is always somebody to talk to and I suppose both the car and two old English blokes tend to cause amusement.
Our" $60 'phone any landline in the world and any mobile in the US for free" deal from AT&T has proved an absolute boon.We've booked and unbooked hotels,'phoned UK and Australia.Highly recommended.
So now we have pitched up in Cedar City which is a bit of a quiet place and as Roger has commented,uniquely provides many places to sleep but nowhere to eat.
We checked out the weather this evening and it looks like we are going to experience a fairly dramatic drop in temperature from Tuesday onwards.Which is going to make it a bit difficult for us to lose time,which we need to in order to arrive in New York at about correct time for shipping Stanley .Its easier to lose time when the weather is fine.We'll see what happens.
* and the film date? 1968