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

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Dust In the Wind

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We left the Ford Commercial Parking Lot at a reasonable hour.  It was quiet until about seven, when the worker guys arrived.  Lynn did a reasonable job of ignoring them.

We stopped by a Safeway store and got a good deal on our favorite Enchilada Sauce and bought some gas nearby.  Then we were off!

The drive with a functioning dash AC was cool. Sorry...but it was, in both ways.  As we climbed to a maximum elevation of about 7200 feet, it cooled outside and in.  The road to Flagstaff is a steady up and down, with much more on the "upside."  We headed to a CG where I stayed last year.  Bonito USFS CG is the name.  Unfortunately it doesn't open for a week or so.  I talked with the NP Ranger who had no sympathy with the situation and then I left.  Later he stopped by the coach to visit and that lightened things up considerably.  I have no need for another resentment of any sort.  I have a limited amount of mental/spiritual energy and have better places to use it.  

We headed further up US89 and checked out Cameron, AZ, but couldn't find the campground, as advertised.

We're in Tuba City now at a motel with a few RV sites onsite.  There's no water, most likely due to a late spring freeze up.  Otherwise it's fine.

Tuba City is on the Navajo Reservation.  Both Lynn and I were/are taken by the abject poverty in the area.  We got here just about when the kids got out of school and saw several of them walking home. They did look healthy and were  friendly.  I imagine that they have a Head Start Program here.  That's a good thing.

Tomorrow we'll head out early to Mount Caramel, Utah.  It's not far from Kenab.  We hope to score a campsite near or in Zion NP and check it out again. We were there in '05 when the snow was heavy and didn't have a chance to do any hiking.  We're hoping for better luck this time.  You will know shortly after we do.  

Till later...
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photodon on

Stopped in Kenab while camped on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon a few years ago with my bro Chuck. It was in mid-May, as I recall. We pitched our tent, had some dinner and retired for the night. When we awoke the next morning there was an inch of snow on our tent. Still, it's a nice area and I'm sure you will enjoy Zion NP. You can hike across the top of the waterfall there. A nice hike and a nice view.

mike on

I have been to Tuba city a few times and my impression is the same as yours...the poverty but friendliness....etc. If Zion Park is clear of snow, you might try the Angel's Landing hike....uphill (though downhill on the way back) with switchbacks but well worth it when you get to the "top" which turns out to be a false top....the last part (the real top) I did with my brother a few years ago but when I went with Quinci, I wouldn't let her do the last will see what I mean if you do the walk. Good luck on the CG finding....

ferdie on

Now your in some nice country! I college friend spent 30 years as a dr. living in Tuba City working with the native folks....always wanted to visit but never made it! Hope the weather cooperates while in Zion, what a fantastric dafe!

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