A Hike Upwards

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

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What I did
The Watchman Trail

Flag of United States  , Utah
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Last night it stayed much warmer here than the previous night by twenty two degrees, never getting below fifty.  Nice, since we have no electric.  We didn't even need Grandma's quilt, although Lynn had it at the ready.

We waited until about ten to take a hike on the Watchman Trail, which leads to an overlook that we can see right out of our door.  It's listed as a moderate hike, and I would agree.  There are lots of drop off, but if you're careful in these areas, there's really no danger.  Not much steep stuff along the way, but angled enough to give us a good workout.  The phone said we hiked 4.02 miles and burned about 650 calories.  It's a good thing I had an extra slice of PB and J toast!  Incidentally, with no electric, there's no toaster.  But, I tried my trusty new one that sits atop a burner on the stove.  In reality, it did a much better job than the one we got from Costco!

There were quite a few folks on the trail, to include a fellow playing a Native American Flute at several intervals along the way.  The sound and the scene was great.

I finally got yesterday's photos edited and have upload them, along with today's onto http://flicker.com/photos/ralphieboyo.  I believe that that is now a "live" link.  Does it work for you??

We got back just in time to have our lunch.  I tried a new sandwich today. It's a variation of the PB and pickle one, but substituting pickled jalapeņos for the dill pickles.  Wow!  What a treat!  The heat of the jalapeņos is absorbed by the PB just enough to make it a delightful, culinary experience.  Plus...it tastes good to. :o)

We're just hanging around now with our 12V. fan oscillating away and keeping us comfortable in the eighty degree heat.

Zion is a powerful experience and one I will remember for a long time.  It's busy, that's true, but the scenes that unfold as you walk and look, make the people a secondary problem.  Come see it.  It's worth the long day's drive.

We're off tomorrow to a small town called Beaver, UT.  Here we'll do laundry and re-stock for our last week on the road.  Don't get me started about coming home... You that really know me know what I mean.

Till tomorrow, from Minerville Lake State Park, UT...
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photodon on

I've had one of those stove open fire toasters in the past and know they work really well, even on a campfire. In fact I wish I still had one because it would be handy in a dry-camp situation like the one you are in.

Wondering how your batteries are working for you. Mine have always been a problem for me, as you know.

On the home stretch, eh? Well, there's always next time (year?) and you've got such nice areas around Helena for a quickie weekender or something.

Dennis on

Some fantastic views at Zion NP. I have never been there but now have added it to my bucket list.

Mike on

Yep, thought so...that is the place we stayed...my brother and I in the VW and then Quinci and I in a tent. Did the Watchman trail hike too....nice hike. We met up with some young kids there (my brother and I) on spring break in 09 and "observed" how young people party. I know you have left there now and are nearer to us but I am catching up again after a very long weekend of Wedding showers for Hailey and much company....same thing for the upcoming weekend and then off to Seattle. Catch up with ya soon.

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