We left home on September 28. and spent the first night in Seattle with the Heyers (Simon, RL, Kelsey and Barlow) the next night in Wenatchee (Chapples) and the third night in Twin Falls in a motel. The next day we drove to Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. It was COLD!
|It was 33 degrees when we woke up so we hiked up|
to the Bristlecone Pine grove quite early
-slow going at 10,000 feet, but we
warmed up quickly.
|Some of the Bristlecone Pines are several thousands of |
years old. This one was over 3,000 years old when it died.
| Cave Tour of Lehman Caves|
It was a great tour by a Park Ranger.
Then we drove to Moab where we camped
for five nights in a BLM Campground
right on the Colorado River.
From our camp we hiked up a shady canyon along a clear creek
to Morning Glory Arch,
Drove the La Sal Mountain Loop,
(awesome views and no traffic)
|View looking down Castle Valley toward Moab|
Spent two days hiking in Arches National Park,
|Does this remind you of Thelma and Louise?|
Spent a day sightseeing and hiking in Canyonlands NP
and took a high clearance/four wheel drive steep and
scary switchback road back down to Moab - which ended
up being one of the highlights of the whole trip!
|View of Shafer road from the top|
|On our way!|
|Not much of a shoulder|
|The road hugged the side of the cliffs|
|There were several wash-outs along the way|
from the flash floods a few weeks before we were here,
but we made it all the way down and back to Moab.
It took us about three hours.
Dinner at Moab Brewery!
The next day (10/7) we headed toward Capitol Reef NP
with a stop at Natural Bridges National Monument,
and a drive across what used to be
part of Lake Powell (at Hite)
and is now dry.
Capitol Reef was beautiful and a bit different from where we had been.
The campground was in Fruita - which was a Mormon
settlement with orchards, a store and lots of
historical buildings that have been preserved
- along with petroglyphs and much Native American history.
Instead of being above the canyons looking down.
We were hiking down in the canyons looking up.
|Hiking to "The Tanks"|
We got up early (10/9) headed toward
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
(we had a reservation)
on our way to Bryce Canyon NP.
The drive south on Hwy. 12 from Torrey
to Escalante over Boulder Mountain was
was one of the prettiest of the trip.
|Aspen turning color and mule deer crossing the road|
|Escalante SP - our tent is the blue spot on the right|
The hike up behind the campground to the petrified forest
was interesting. There are huge chunks of
petrified trees covering quite a large area.
The next day we drove to Bryce Canyon NP.
Our pictures don't do it justice:
|Sunrise looking at the Amphitheater from Bryce Point|
|Navajo Loop Trail down |
into the Canyon
(Chrissy at the bottom of photo)
We had made a reservation at Kodachrome Basin State Park
for three nights because nothing was available at Bryce.
It's about 30 minutes away from the National Park and is very nice.
|Our campsite at Kodachrome Basin State Park|
|Morning hike from our campsite at Kodachrome|
|Looking down at the Kodachrome Basin Campground|
Next stop was Zion National Park. We got up
early enough to drive the Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway
with it's amazing tunnels and get to the campground by 9am
so we could grab one of the first come first served campsites.
After we set up camp we realized that Mike and Kate
Gormley, friends from Bainbridge,
were camp hosts and almost next door to us!
So after a day of hiking and touring the park
we had dinner with Mike and Kate. It was fun to catch up with them.
|Mike and Kate Gormley - Camp Hosts at Zion|
From Zion we drove to the North Rim of the
Grand Canyon where we had reserved a campsite.
Set up camp, went to the campgound store,
did a couple of short hikes,
and watched the sunset from the Lodge.
|Sunset from the Lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon|
|Sunrise at Imperial Point-North Rim|
|Our Campsite at the North Rim|
|As we were leaving the North Rim this herd of Bison was crossing the road|
|Sunset from Drew's back yard|
We arrived back in Mazatlan on 10/22. Loomba-Loomba
looked great. She had been well cared for and was
clean and shiny with new varnish on all of the teak.
We are staying at Torres Mazatlan (condo) for two weeks while
we are putting the boat back together
and having some major engine maintenance done.