Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Natural Bridge we hiked in to
 We are finally in an area where we can update the blog.  We have been in so many beautiful places the last few days.  We have enjoyed each one of them.  Ken will get the pictures up soon, I hope.  We probably have taken 1000 pictures.  I love digital cameras!

Top of Escalante Grand Staircase

Dead Horse Point and Colorado River
Kodachrome Basin Campground
Moab Campground Background
Cliff Palace Kivas, Mesa Verde
Ann & Ken before Cliff Palace Climb
So now we have seen Arches, Dead Horse Point in Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Verde, Natural Bridges, Capital Reef,  Kodachrome Basin, Bryce Canyon, and Zion's.  We have decided we don't have enough superlatives to describe it all.  Every place is different but so spectacular.  I was trying to decide which was my favorite.  Maybe the Bryce Amphitheater area.  It took my breath away!  We will get some pictures of it on the blog, but I still say that pictures just don't do it justice.
Mesa Verde Ruins across the Canyon
We had interesting weather much of the way.  In Moab it was cold and windy at night.  One morning the drain hose was frozen, and the sink wouldn't drain.  Ken had to pour boiling water over the hose so we could do the dishes.  The day we went to Mesa Verde was nice, just warm enough, but not uncomfortable.  The experience of seeing the ruins of the cliff dwellings was awesome.  We stayed in Cortez, CO for three nights and went to church there.
Then we went back to Utah and to Hwy 95.  This took off across some of the most desolate and beautiful country I have ever seen.  However, we were completely cut off from the world.  No cell coverage or WI-FI.  We stayed at a Rodeway Inn that night, the only thing around.  We went into the area just east of Bryce Canyon and stayed in Kodachrome Basin.  It was a beautiful campground, still no coverage for anything, but quiet and dark.  I got to look at the stars and fill my soul with the beauty.  It was still windy and cold at night, but perfect for hiking around the parks.  Our bed warmer and heater were much appreciated.
Ken, Ann, Susan
Phil, Susan, Ann
Bryce Amphitheatre
Bryce Grottos
Bryce Twins
Endangered Utah Prairie Dog
Last Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we stayed outside of St. George.  We saw Kirk and Paula on Sunday, then spent Monday visiting first with the Reeds, and then Parises.  It was good to catch up with them.
We are at Marcia and Grant's in Moapa now.  The weather has really warmed up.  We didn't have to have the bed plugged in last night!  We will be off next to Arizona.  Back later!

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