Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Went North up the 15 to Parowan, then across country . Impressive views, but with the gradient at 13%, it was steep. Got up to 10500 ft above sea level, where there was snow on the ground. In one of the fields we saw the overhead irrigation going, but it was so cold that the water had frozen on the fence and the equipment. Passed some great log cabins along the way. There are loads of Americans withRV's and boats and things - the recession is obviously not affecting a lot of people. Spoke to a guy when we were enjoying a coffee after buying our Subway lunch. He was driving a 10 tonne RV, pulling his car behind it. And there are loads of them.
Made our way to Bryce, and went into the park
Left there and made our way to Panguitch, where we stopped at the Canyon Lodge, very pleasant Motell, and the receptionist, Michelle, is very friendly. Advised us where to go for dinner, so off we went. Only to find it was closed (Sunday!) So we walked along, asking a couple of people where to go. Eventually finished up in a cafe attached to a petrol station - what a comedown for Sunday dinner
Oh, well, a great day so I wont let a mediocre meal spoil it.
Max Height 10493, total climbed 11194 ft Miles travelled 173
Martin's mountain moment:
This is getting embarassing - we are having too much fun to regard this as a struggle against time and the elements.Stanley got us over the 10500 foot summit which I think compares to anything we achieved in Mongolia.On the way we came across a lot of characters wearing dayglo jackets whilst driving pick up trucks.Turns out they were hunters who wear the colours in order to alert other people roaming around with guns.Wait until the deer find out that all they have to do is wear orange reflective vests and they'll be safe.
Absolutely no point in trying to explain the phenomenon of Bryce Canyon - the photos will do that.
We,or rather Stanley,were a great attraction and allowed us to meet up wityh many friendly people and the car was an immediate ice breaker. We found ourselves in conversation immediately on all the things wrinklies talk about.So a big hello to Charlie and Deena and Jim ang Margo.All of us agreed that people retired at the wrong end of their lives - they should spend the first 25 years having a leisurely time and then work till they dropped
We met up also with Fabrice and Stephanie ,but had not passed them a note of our blog address.- they may find us anyway.Having thought about it over the last day or so,I think it may have been an idea to put the web address on the car somewhere.
Roger and I were pleased that we had descended to the bottom of the canyon and then been able to manfully stride back up the top.It did get a bit chilly at the bottom.Stanley still rolling along - heading North tomorrow so we need to move on,although the next day or so is going to see temperatures plummet.