Home Sweet Semi-Home

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Snow Canyon State Park CG

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Yesterday we got out of Nephi at about our usual time.  We gassed up, paying about $2.94/gal and propane for $2.49.  The night was bitter cold, getting down to minus 11.5 degrees.  That's a minus, for those of you who are mathematicians.  We stayed nice an warm with three space heaters going and the furnace cycling occasionally.  We saw snow right up to road's edge until we started down from the last pass into St. George.  The temperature climbed up to the mid-forties and I could finally take off my gloves. ;0)

St. Geo is a B U S Y place.  Lots of traffic on I-15 heading to Las Vegas, apparently.  The navigator took us easily to the correct, upper, entrance to Snow Canyon State Park, about ten miles uphill from the city.  Man, what a place!  Red rock therapy at it's finest.  This is our third trip here and it feels a bit more like home each time we arrive.  Again we got site number 1, which faces the canyon that empties into St. Geo.  I got parked and we went about filling our water tank and flushing out the RV antifreeze.  The water tasted bitter, so I did a search and found that it's caused by the residual antifreeze in the tank.  I hadn't done the usual flush job that I usual do and paid the price.  I should mention that apparently a new cell tower has been added in the area.  I can get a weak data signal now and thus can get on the 'Net from time to time.  We can get text messages easily now, so have no fear and shoot us a message if'n ya get a hankerin'.

We took a short walk around the park and spotted a flock of those sweet desert Quail that seem to abound from here on south.  Lynn spotted a nice, fat Cottontail Rabbit, right near the Cottontail Group Site.  Is there a message there?  Rabbit stew?  We think not...

Since the temp is still getting down below freezing, I unhooked the water until it warmed up this morning.  The snow on the roof of the coach is still melting and running down the windows. It's a reminder of our roots, so to speak.  Oh, I did get Sooby's windows washed so we can find our way into town tomorrow.  A nice salty, nasty, black residue courtesy of the MT....aw forget it.  You know what I mean.

We slept well with just a couple of space heaters humming away. No need for the furnace at all.  Suwheet...

This morning I got up early enough to see the sunrise hit the red mountains of the canyon toward town.  It stayed fairly warm out, dropping only to twenty-seven degrees.  Nice.  I washed the coach windows for the third time shortly after the sun hit it's front.  It actually took me five tries to get them clear enough to see through.  The residue, ya know...  We cooled our heels, read and such until lunchtime.  Lynn made me one of her also-famous peanut butter, dill pickle and mayo sandwiches on homemade wholewheat bread.  Mmm, mmm good.  This was a preparation for our first hike today.

We took the Hidden Pinyon Trail.  Pinyon, as I've learned is a variant of Piņon, which is a small pine with edible seeds called Piņon nuts.  The trail was rated "moderate", but involved slipping along narrow ledges of rock and such.  We followed it for about half mile, but decided to turn around when it got too hazardous for us.  This involved a drop off we thought we wouldn't be able to easily navigate on our return trip.  A piece of rope would have made it easily navigable, but the rope was resting quietly stored in the coach.  Maybe we'll give it a shot next year.  

We returned to the main trail and hiked uphill for a ways and then returned home.  It was a robust hour's workout.  This is enough for our first day out and about.

It's in the low forties now with the sun shining happily as we hang out in the quiet.  Few folks are here, only about a half dozen.  The skies at night are easily viewed due to the utter darkness of the place.  You'd love it, I'm sure. 

Tomorrow we'll head down to St. Geo where we'll wash Sooby and do some shopping.  I have some pictures to edit later and hope to upload them and this missive tomorrow.  Thanks for tagging along...
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Dennis on

Some really great shots of the area. Once again, you are making us all envious. Drive safely and enjoy yourselves.

The Johnsons on

Sure enjoying seeing pictures and hearing about your trip. Am envious of the warm weather. An inversion is still in here and it is cold!! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safely!!

photodon on

Nice pix, Ralph and it sounds like the WX is starting to cooperate. It's all good.

Mike Noble on

Hey...how come you didn't pack up all your snow and take it with you? At least it is only in the 20s here--above. No sign of life at your home so I am guessing the legislator will be there soon. Like your pics especially the sunrise one...Sunrises and sunsets are always photographic attractions. Have a great day!

ferd on

Nice to be traveling along with you two and enjoying the view! Last - temps you will see for a long while I bet! Be safe and more peanut butter/pickle sandwiches! Hugs.....

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