Friday, September 15, 2017 – Wow, wow! Here’s what we saw leaving Bryce Canyon, going through Red Canyon on our way back to Paradise View RV park in Panguitch, Utah. The change in what the scenery looks like around every turn just had to be shared! The first photo is one of four tunnels along the way. The rest of the photos are what we saw along the way.
Out in this part of the country it is not just a place you go to see something special, it’s also what you see along the way that makes it all so wonderful!
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Route 66 starts in California and goes all the way to Illinois. We are driving the portion from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Williams, Arizona is known as the last town to be bypassed by Interstate 40. They held out until 1984 so here in Williams, Arizona there is now both an I-40 and a Route 66
The first Route 66 sign that we’ve seen!
v After seeing all of Route 66 that Williams had to offer we came back to our RV and rested till dinner. We ate at the RV Resort’s Grand Depot Cafe where we enjoyed a very nice buffet for my birthday. My sister called to wish me Happy Birthday. Both our sons and their family called and sang Happy Birthday to their Grannie. Lots and lots of birthday wishes on Facebook too. Even if turning 63 is something I’m not thrilled about, all the love I felt helped make up for the sting of 63.
Here’s Boots and Dora enjoying the nice cool weather here!
Saturday we are leaving here headed down Route 66 to see and experience what we can. That drive will include seeing the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. We will then stay at a Walmart in Gallup, New Mexico After that there will be no reservations, we will be stopping on Route 66 each day when we’re tired.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. We learned that parking outside the park at Ruby’s Inn to get picked up by a shuttle bus was the best way to get around in the National Park. Since we are old folks we got in free to this National Park and to ride the Shuttle for free.
There were extraordinary people with the capability of hiking down to the bottom of the canyon. You can see them in this photo.
This was a beautiful place to visit but even with the shuttle to take us from place to place within the park it was exhausting. Lots of walkways to walk up and then walk down. Thank goodness for the shuttle!
As we left Bryce Canyon we rode through Red Canyon and lots of other beautiful scenery. The next blog will contain those photos.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – We have loved the beauty of Utah, all of it. This was a state we barely visited two years ago when we came out west. We’re correcting that mistake this year!
We stayed at what first seemed to be an odd RV Park but it turned out to be very nice. The view is indeed paradise like, the price was one of the cheapest we’ve ever paid and it’s one I’d certainly come back to again. Its on Highway 89 and is only 15 miles from Bryce Canyon which we visited while we were there.
We went into town (Panguitch, Utah) to eat dinner at Cowboy’s Smokehouse one evening. A couple of photos first of what Panguitch looks like. We were at 6,630 feet elevation here.
One thing that we learned while in Utah is that the Federal Government owns about 2/3 of the land in Utah. Next I’ll share our visit to Bryce Canyon which was the reason we came to this part of Utah!