Going from Zion Canyon to Bryce Canyon
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Drive from Zion to Bryce
Back at the VC I got myself a cool Zion Narrows shirt since that is the main trail we did at the park. I did not want to get the Angels Landing shirt since we did not make it to the top
We walked back to the truck and drove back to the RV to pack it up. We had an easy lunch and then we were off to Bryce Canyon. However, the hard part of the drive was right away
In three short miles of tight switchbacks we ascended over 500 feet. The switchbacks were tight but there was plenty of road for me to get around – the ones in North Georgia on the way to Blairsville is worse. But now comes the tunnel. I waited in line for about 10 min. for the people to clear the road for me. They told me the speed limit was 25 mph – I had no problem with this as I’d be going much slower. Right as I entered the tunnel I knew I had made a small mistake. The old tunnel had no lights and I had my sunglasses on – no time to change as I had to stay in the middle at all times. But I was plenty nervous at the start. After a half a mile my eyes finally adjusted. It’s not as if this tunnel is straight – no that would be too easy
After 20 miles on this side of the park we reached a small tourist town of Mt. Carmel. They had diesel for under $4 so I topped off and filled up the jerry cans too. I knew this would be the cheapest diesel for several weeks now. The rest of the 2 hour drive to Bryce Canyon was mostly an easy drive up and over a few mountains on two lane roads. We reached the Bryce area around 3:00 and pulled into our campground at a place called Ruby’s. It was a huge tourist’s complex that had been around for over 80 years. They had a massive motel, a few eating areas, shops, and one of the largest RV parks I had seen. You need it, and it was here – though at a 50% mark-up at the stores. I’d read mixed reviews on this park but again, we got a pretty good site. I had to back in just right in order for my slide-outs to miss the trees. So now my RV was in the middle of a bunch of small pines. We were around 8,000 ft in elevation so this was the coolest we would be on our entire trip. We did not really need the AC but I knew we’d need some heat in the night.
For a few hours in the afternoon I tried their Wi-Fi and it worked pretty good so I uploaded a few pictures
My plan was to catch a ranger giving a rim trail talk at 5. I did catch her along with 50 other people. However, by the time we got through introductions there was a bolt of lightning so she canceled on us. The National Park service is very cautious about lighting as it does kill people every year here. These rock edges with exposed trees are lightning magnets. So I did my own tour of the place, walking the half mile to sunrise point to catch some more views of the hoodoos, then to the campground general store (not much there but expensive food), and finally to the Lodge. The Lodge seemed smaller than the ones at the other national parks and it sat back from the edge of the canyon – this is because the canyon is eroding pretty fast – compared to the Grand Canyon and Zion
Around 7 I came back to the campground. Pooh wanted some alfredo for dinner again so I walked down to the Ruby’s grocery store to see what they had. No such luck on the alfredo. I did get a few other things to make shwarmas. Like I said before, the grocery’s had a mark-up of 50% most of the time. So why not eat out? The reviews said it was expensive too and not all that special. That’s the good thing of having an RV – you can eat in if need be. The General Store had about everything a tourist needed or thought they needed – lots of curios. The walk back to the RV only took about 10 min. Pooh was taking a nap so I started cooking. I cooked the beef outside on the small stove so she would not have to smell it. My shwarma starts out with warm Indian naan bread. Your suppose to spread Tazikii or hummus on it but the store had neither so I got a bottle of blue cheese dressing. Then you go for the Taco toppings of lettuce, cheese, onions, peppers, and shrooms. Pooh had that while I put some steak on top of mine. Nice and filling and definitely worth the $15 each we would have spent eating out. After that big meal Pooh went to sleep and I did some more computer work for a few hours more.