Zion for the day

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Set off early to get to Zion National Park. Well we woke up early and went to breakfast. But it was still dark, even afetr we'd finished. So we killed a bit of time until it became light, as Stanley's headlights dont encourage driving in the dark.
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! One of the guys we chatted with along the path said that he could imagine it being quite a spiritual moment if you were there on your own. I agree. Anyway, I went round the side of the pool, off the track, and so the rest of the people were out of sight, and it really was amazingly different.
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. There were 2 old cabins along the way, used in the 30's, which  are protected exhibits, although they are in pretty bad repair! Anyway, we eventually got to the double arches, to discovere that its a double arch cavern, very similar to the cave dwellings I've already told you about, but without any houses in it. Double arch, because there are two layers of protective rock above. A bit disappointing  I felt. So we legged it back to the car and headed for Cedar City. We had been planning to return to Kanab for a second night, but that would have been a much longer journey, and the distance to Bryce tomorrow is similar from Cedar City as from Kanab. So Martin has forgone his stay at the Hollywood Hotel, and I have forgone the trip to Calvin T's.
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 
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Jemma on

Tonight I live in a troubled country.......It is the Rugby world cup and who do the Aussies go for NZ or France.To support NZ would go against everything they were brought up not to do but to want an European team to win now.......Maybe we will just ignore it.

Jan & Dave on

Great memories of Zion and Bryce canyons from too many years ago. Keep on motoring - who knows what might be round the bend.

PS Southern hemisphere have it

Christopher T on

Martin well done to you both, glad the trip is going so well
we miss you in Bedford, but you wouldnt have liked the new parking charges at The Swan - delayed drinking time by many minutes.... Hope that you are set to eb well wrapped up as Fall falls on you - snow expected where and when?
how many days to NYC?
enjoy it all, am ready for slide show on your return

Sarah Terzeon on

Hi y'all! from Prebend St Day Centre Volunteers. Your name came up today Roger - a merry team of us did the winter planting, to 'keep the place homely' in the words of one of the punters today. Must seem a world away, again. Wonderful photos! Love the one of Stanley posing. All the best, Sarah T

Pats Sampson on

Stunning scenery (& photographs!) So nice to see parts of USA that aren't strip malls! Looks like you two are doing a walking tour across America :)

Mary and Josh on

Visitor centre you lucky devils! Did you buy yourselves a fridge magnet from the over priced gift shop? Hope you had a stuffed crust at Pizza Hut. More car posing please!

Chris on

Thought I would read your blog of Utah as we have just returned from there. Seems that most places around there claim to have been used for movies. Perhaps they were. Certainly stunning scenery everywhere you go.

Chris on

Thought I would read your blog of Utah as we have just returned from there. Seems that most places around there claim to have been used for movies. Perhaps they were. Certainly stunning scenery everywhere you go.

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