Hiking in the Sun

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

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Flag of International  , Utah,
Friday, January 4, 2013

I got up at the not-yet-bright and early hour of 5:30AM today, my favorite time.  It gives me ample time to do my stuff before Lynn rises at eight or so.  I think that it has something to do with Sleep versus Beauty.  I'll leave it at that.

We drove into St. Geo where we located a carwash and I removed the majority of Sooby's "camo."  As usual, our next, normal stop was Costco.  It's a huge store with lots of cool items and an exceptional variety of spices and such.  The Deli Section had more of the "good life" items than you'd normally see.  It's the demographics of the place, I reckon.  I picked up some Yuban coffee and Lynn got a few needed items.  I have an App on the phone that can scan a barcode and tell you the price of the item at stores nearby.  Here the coffee was almost the exact price of the same at the W store.  

We then went to Target and picked up a few sundries and to Smith's to pick up the remainder.  I got online and posted yesterday's Blog and Lynn drove back to the campground.

We had lunch and headed out for a more rigorous hike.  We decided to go to the Three Ponds today.  We were there in 2010 and it's a grand area.  The trail also leads to the Hidden Pinyon Trail.  We hiked up to the Pinyon Overlook and I took some video with the phone.  I'm hoping that it will work with Travelpod, since the one I posted today did not.  Then on towards Three Ponds we were distracted by the sign pointing to the Petrified Dunes Trail.  These dunes are huge!  We couldn't resist and took the trail.  The only problem is that there were no additional signs.  It's most difficult to track the predecessors on solid sandstone.  We ended up in a "slot" about fifty yards long and most narrow.  At one point we actually had to walk sideways to clear the narrow passageway.  It came to an abrupt end however, due to the presence of a gnarly tree growing in the way.  There was no easy route around or even up and around the spot, so we backtracked and returned from whence we came.  We each used our Trecking Poles to assist us in climbing and descending the rocky surfaces.  Man, what a help.  No more falling down and getting up...surely I jest.  And I do.  We are both in good enough physical condition to hike well and know our limitations.  Common sense does prevail.  We were out for about an hour and a half.  Lynn called a friend after I headed back to the coach.  I got the barbecue ready to cook the evening meal and she walked and talked to a couple of friends.  I took the opportunity to just sit and enjoy the late afternoon sun.  It got up into the mid-forties today and was most pleasant.

Lynn did a switcheroo for dinner, so I didn't have to cook after all.  We had a turkey and Asian peanut sauce concoction with salad and herbed tomatoes.  After "doctoring" it up a bit, the entree turned out quite good.  

With the cold nights, I have been disconnecting the water hook-up just after dinner, but I forgot this evening.  While filling the pot for morning coffee, I couldn't help but notice that the flow decreasing and finally turning into a slow drip. (Why does this remind me of congress??)  I went out and did the unhooking and let the on-board water pump take over.

I read and took a short, refreshing nap while Lynn did her puzzles.  She's preparing to hit the sack as I write this.  I'll be there soon.  Tomorrow we'll be heading to Page, Arizona for the night and then farther south on Sunday.
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