Las Vegas, Nevada - Hurricane - Fillmore, Utah
It was Halloween when we got to Valencia, California, and we've been in the southwest corner of the country ever since. Several wonderful events and gatherings have kept us here, and now we are very ready to head north for new adventures.
Except that it's so hard to leave those grandbabies!
We've made more changes to our plans, and it will be 10 months before we return. Leaving is a weird combination of excited and sad.
Longer than our normal travel day, we drive 268 miles to Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. We're only here for the night so we stay hooked up, crank up the AC in the triple digit temps, and take a deep breath.
Sunday we continue north on I-15 passing through the one corner of Arizona we've yet to see. The Virgin River Gorge is another beautiful area. Then hints of red rock let us know we're back in Utah. Still beautiful, but definitely hotter than our October visit!
I've heard great things about Sand Hollow State Park between St George and Hurricane, Utah, so we have two nights here. We'd hoped to see friends Cheryl and Remy, but she has just had shoulder replacement surgery. We'll see them next time through.
|We love these Utah vistas. Lots of room and FHUs with 50 amp. Sweet on a hot June day.|
Monday morning we check out the lake, then drive east on Highway 9 to pick up Kolob Terrace Road that John and Pam (Oh the Places They Go) last visited in March.
|Natural beauty and a large recreation area for both water sports and ATV riding.|
|Red sand beaches.|
|No one but Ravens to share this pretty spot.|
|Our first glimpse promises a gorgeous day! Photo overload warning......|
|A unique lodging experience along the hills looks like an old mining community - Under Canvas|
|Not far up the hill we come to a sign that says we've entered Zion National Park. Since our last visit to the main area of the park was a crowded nightmare, this is very exciting!|
|Some sections look very "Bryce-like".|
|The canyons open up to glimmering meadows.|
|We travel through a few private land areas. This is an Air BnB with 360 degree incredible views.|
|Limited but pretty wildflowers.|
|Aspen groves quake in the wind.|
|The road ends at Kolob Reservoir. Several boondockers and tent campers surround the small lake. At over 8000 feet it is much cooler here.|
|Taking the side road to Lava Point we're back in the park.|
|Just the way we like our national park view points!|
|No sound but the birds and breeze. This is Zion. All to ourselves.|
|The Zion Visitors' Center is to the left at the V in the large cliff.|
|West Temple (the button just right of center), and Mt Kinesava (the peak to the far right).|
|The Pink Cliffs.|
|The appropriate height for trail fencing!|
|Looking down at a road from Lava Point.|
|Looking back up at Lava Point from that road.|
|The return drive offers new views.|
|We appreciate the beauty of Zion much more now.|
Sadly, the next morning our plans are changed by tragic news from family we're on our way to visit.