A beautiful place. Gotta get back some day

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Snow Canyon State Park Campground

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunday:
We awoke this AM to 30 degree temperatures, but kept warm with the aid of electric heat.  Left about ten AM and traveled through snow, sleet, rain and wind.  Made me feel like a mail carrier.  We arrived in St. George Utah in sunshine and temps in the fifties.  Man was it ever worth the trip!  Did a bit of shopping then sought our Snow Valley Campground.  When we landed here, we were overwhelmed at the beauty.  The campground is surrounded by towering red mountains, interspersed with vegetation that is new too us.  Cactus, trees with pointed and sharp leaves abound.  Ask me how I know that the leaves have stickery points…  We are camped in site number one.  Pictures will show that it has a covered picnic area and just the spot to set up the Weber Q and cook up some brats.  We set up the water system after having drained out the nasty old pink, Montana-type antifreeze and hooked up the electrics.  Later we took a short hike, to shake out the kinks of three days on the road.  A remarkable place.  It can be seen, to a minor degree, beauty-wise at http://www.stateparks.com/snow_canyon.html


We will stay here for at least two nights, perhaps more, depending on ol’ Mother Nature.  Since we are only one of two rigs here, quiet is the operative word.  No train noises, for a change.


Monday.  We hiked for two hours into Three Ponds.  The trail goes overland and is composed of fine red sand.  A bit tricky to negotiate, but continues over a steep, at times, rocky section.  The final mile or so follows a stream bed.  The pond we found was nestled in red stone and was clear and reflective.  Photos will show the area much better than I can describe it.  Later on, we hung around camp and enjoyed the sunny day and fifty degree temperatures.  We intend to stay two more nights, even though the weather is supposed to worsen.  We’ll hike tomorrow AM and then drive to St. George to get a propane adapter that works.  The guy in Helena installed a fine one on our motorhome tank, but it doesn’t fit.  So, we cooked the brats in the fry pan inside.  Delicious, nonetheless.  The sun disappears quite quickly over the red rocky,numerous rocky prominences in an amazing way. You can’t imagine how great the warmth is… yes you can!  We Montanans do it all of the time in winter.


We have been communicating via text messages, since the cell service is spotty here.  Even Lynn, with her no phone is cranking them out like a semi-pro.  No wifi here in God’s country, so the computer is resigned to use for photo editing and reading on the Kindle for Mac.  It needed a bit of rest.  Speaking of rest, we slept in until 8:30AM today.  Finally a day of no driving.  A joy. 
Tuesday:  We took a short hike into Johnson's Canyon, where we found an arch in the red rock.  It's about 200 feet wide and located at the end of the canyon.  The sun was out and the afternoon rays brought out the color beautifully.
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Wednesday:
We woke to rain and temps in the low forties.  Got the rig ready for the road and headed out to Valley of Fire Park in Nevada.  The park is about 45 miles from Las Vegas.  
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