We got rained on for the first time in about four months on our second day there, but for the rest of the time the weather was pretty nice...warm days, chilly nights.
On Monday 10/6, we drove the 20 miles to Zion National Park for a lovely day of exploring the awesome sights. Zion National Park is often said to be the most beautiful place in America. "Spectacular" and "Awesome" are uttered time and time again as eyes are raised to view the vast monoliths of the best of Utah's National Parks. Over the ions of time, Mother Nature's extreme forces of ice, wind and water have created wonderous sights now protected by the National Park Service and kept pristine for all the world to enjoy.
First, we watched the beautiful film at the Visitor's Center, then we took the free tram that takes about 90 minutes from start to finish. It also has a good narative about the various points of interest along the way. We got off at a few stops to take photos, then caught the next tram, etc.
After the tram, we watched an IMAX movie, on a huge 9-story high screen, in the bordering town of Springdale. It's beautifully filmed, with spectacular scenery, and it's more about the ancient Indians and their spiritual view of the area.
Then, we got in our SUV and drove through the park and through the 1.1 mile long spectacular tunnel with it's six unique large 'windows' cut through the massive sandstone walls. Instead of returning back through the tunnel again, we decided to go the long way around, by way of Kanab, UT, Colorado City, AZ and Hurricane, UT which also served for us to check out the route we would take in the RV later that week. There's a pretty steep grade on the east side of Hurricane, so we realized it would be better to not
hook up the SUV until past the grade.
On Wednesday 10/8, we drove up to another part of the Zion National Park called Kolob Canyons. The Kolob Canyons have their own Interstate 15 exit at mile 40, where there is a small visitor center and a 5 mile scenic drive that quickly climbs and sneeks around into a valley (that can't be seen from the highway) with awesome red rocks scenery.
This part of Zion is not visited as much as the main part, but it actually has easier access and is very beautiful. Unfortunately, the famous arch is only accessible on a 14 mile hike, which we couldn't do on a bet! However, we did discover the shadow of another smaller arch that you can see in this photo.
At the RV Park, we participated with a couple of dinners and Terry played golf one day with some of the other RVers. Soon our week there was up and we headed towards the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) RV Rally in Farmington, NM.
We finally dragged ourselves away from the fun at Sami and Scott's and headed to Zion National Park. Our route took us up through Oregon, by way of Bend then across to Ontario right on the Oregon-Utah border. We dry camped at the WalMart for the night, then pushed on to the Willard, UT State Park for the next night. Then finally, we got to the Western Horizons/Resorts of Distinction RV Park in Leeds, UT. Leeds is a tiny town just a few miles north of St. George or Hurricane, UT. Although, Hurricane was named for the big winds that happen in that area, they weren't at all strong during our time there.