Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Las Vegas
Trip Start Jun 06, 2005
20Trip End May 31, 2006
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We have taken a little longer than usual to complete this update due to the fact Kelly and I have been doing absolutely nothing at all for the past week (lazy bums).
We arrived back at Alamo CA last Monday a little earlier than planned. As we had feared, we had become National Parked out. We were intending to visit Yosemite on the way home but after spending 3 days in Las Vegas we couldn't face an 8 hour drive then setting up camp, so we drove for 9 1/2 hours all the way back to Rob and Mary's house.
Prior to Vegas we stopped off in deep southwest Utah for Bryce Canyon N. P. and Zion N.P. both with different landscapes to any other we had seen already.
We stayed about 2 miles outside Bryce N.P. in a town called Ruby's Inn. This place is basically owned by one family and had a massive RV / campsite, five or so lodges and all the amenities you could ever want.
The park itself is a 17 mile road that rises up to 9700 ft and has views of very unusual rock formations called Hoodoo's and that's pretty much it. You drive to the top and on your way down pull over at various view points. The weather was quite overcast so the colors weren't as vivid as normal.
This is one of the first campsites that we had a lot of room to ourselves and we expected a noise free great nights sleep that was until we had a huge rain storm.......if its not trains its the rain!!!!!
About 80 miles away is Zion N.P and this park differed from all the others as you can't drive your own vehicle through it. Again this was a fairly small park in comparison to Yellowstone and consisted of a shuttle bus that takes you the 9 or so miles with around 7 stop offs.
When we reached the lodge we took a 3 mile hike to see the Emerald Pools which was quite exhausting in the 90 degree heat. When we got to the pool we could hear not so distant thunder and decided to get off the mountain as quickly as possible. Both Bryce and Zion can be done in a day unless you want to do all the hikes then 3 days should be enough.
We spent the night just outside Zion in Springdale in a small breeze block motel....hey don't knock it, it had a TV......it's amazing how transfixed you get after not seeing a TV for a few weeks...even Star Trek is watchable!!!!
So then we had a 5 hour drive to Las Vegas through some of the flattest most boring scenery you can imagine. The temperature rose from mid 80's up to 109 and even with aircon it was uncomfortable.
There are quite a few of you, both from America and England that have been to Vegas and know what its like and many others have a good idea but there is nowhere on Earth like it.
I hope the pictures bring back happy memories of losing all your money for some of you!!!!!
So where are we staying........
Is it Paris...........no!!
Is it The Belagio with its fantastic dancing fountains..........no!!!
Is it Caesars Palace..........No.
How about the Mirage with its exploding volcano.......No!!!
Ok it must be Treasure Island.......................No!!!!
It can't be the Stardust can it.........No but getting closer!!!
Circus Circus........Yeah.......$40 dollars a night!!!.
(Does this bring back fond memories Baggers)
Ok so not the best place and it is a fair way down the strip but the room was good and it fits the budget.
The first night we explored the strip and I talked Kelly into finding a Karaoke bar (Kelly loved that) where we met two girls from Maryland.
We had a great night but got a little to drunk and spent most of the next day in our room.
I also had a great idea of going to see Journey in concert at the Aladdin for there 30 years together tour and as most of you know Kelly loves 80's rock (not at all) she readily agreed. I had a great time and Kelly struggled through but they are not the same without Steve Perry.
We had some fun in Vegas and I think it was a great way to end the American leg of our trip, so it was homeward bound.
We are currently in Mendocino where our trip first started and we go back to Alamo on Thursday where we will be until the 31st. The next stop is the Island of Moorea about 9ks off Tahiti.
So Jack will leave you with a few facts about our trip so far!!!!!
Distance driven = 6310 miles.
Visited 11 states including Canada.
Crossed the Continental Divide 8 times.
Won no money in Vegas.
Killed around 1 million bugs on the windshield.
Killed each other.........none but nearly!!!
Where I stayed