Sunday, August 25, 2013

11th day away from home (August 20th, 2013) - part 2

We were at a view point looking up at the mammoth Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park.  


This is one of the parks landmarks.  It is a criss-crossed mountain that towers 900 feet above the road and resembles a checkerboard.   From what I read those crevices that criss-cross are formed by the north to south wind and the vertical cracks are a result of weathering, a cycle of freezing and thawing. This is just one of the many rock formations in this area that leave you in awe, and it is here that we met a wonderful couple we spoke with for almost an hour.  Amazing what you can learn in such a short space of time.


They are permanent RV'ers.  Their full-time home is a recreational vehicle and they have been traveling the country for the last six years.  We asked them all kinds of questions.  Their RV is one of those huge homes on wheels, and as they showed us photos you could see how much they enjoyed their life on the road.  On the back of their RV they carry a motorbike, which they use for side excursions such as this one.   They also attend rallies and get together with other RV owners several times a year and have developed many friendships.  What fun to meet this wonderful couple and part of the enjoyment of our vacation is meeting the many people on our road trip.  They are always willing to share their experiences, and you can learn a lot from them.  


And so we said our goodbyes and toured the park.  There is so much to take in.  We were very lucky to find a parking space as the first one we came to was full, but we were able to slip into a spot that had just been vacated.  After arming ourselves with a couple of bottles of ice-cold water from out of our ice-chest, we had a lovely walk but it was so hot, we knew our limits and didn't want to overdo things.  It is always important to take plenty of water along even on the shortest walk.  There are signs requesting you to do so as people have become quickly dehydrated in this climate.  We spent the rest of the time in our car, very thankful for the air-conditioning.   If you are thinking of visiting the park you can go here for an excellent description.   

And here are a few sights we saw that day.










And here we are back on the road again.  It was another beautiful day!

That evening we reached our hotel in Cedar City, Utah. 

27 comments:

  1. Haven't been to Zion in many many years. Although I have passed in on highway 89 a million times. It is indeed, beautiful.

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  2. The landscape is stunning. Were you tempted to become an RVer? I like my home and roots too much to be so adventurous . . . and I suppose that's my loss.

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  3. What a wonderful trip! Love being there with you.

    Sunday best from Port Canaveral,
    Lois :)

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  4. Continued beautiful scenery, Denise, but those hot temps would do me in rather quickly. Enjoyed the previous post and the tour through the Hollywood western movie set and glad that Gregg got out of jail after seeing what happened to his cellmate.

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  5. What a lovely couple! But would you want to live that way? I don't think I would. Lol. I need roots.

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  6. So much to see!Glad you are not over doing it,it must be tempting.
    Jane x

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  7. I love the high desert country of Utah. We lived in Price, which is north of Moab a ways. We did lots of hiking and camping in the desert.

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  8. Zion is a beautiful park, Denise! I loved your photos. It must be fun to be full time RV'rs. Just traveling across the country and going wherever you want and whenever you want. I just would not want to drive one of those big RV's. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day and week ahead.

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  9. The third picture from the bottom reminds of one of the Pawnee Buttes in northeastern Colorado. Beautiful skies!♥♫

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  10. Those rocks and hills are so dramatic. I am still so enjoying riding along with you on this fabulous trip. I am trying to imagine what it would be like to travel for 6 years like the couple you met. They both look fit and healthy so, why not? Thanks again for sharing some wonderful photography.

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  11. the mountains are gorgeous. love the criss-cross patterns, too.

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  12. I love Zion, but I can guess it was very hot this time of year. Things have cooled off now, though. I hope you're still in the west enjoying the reprieve.

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  13. Spectacular scenery Denise,your photos are so so interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Ruby

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  14. Very nice rock formations and landscapes!

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  15. Thanks for taking us along!

    Aloha

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  16. The couple you met looked like older versions of Diana Rigg and Ghandi. The RV life looks interesting and I would have entertained the idea if David had any interest, which he doesn't.

    My cousins Ellen and Ray from Milwaukee have been touring the US for several years. They always spend summers in Minnesota on their daughter's farm and winter in FL, AZ, or whereever.

    We visited them in their RV the last time they came through here and it was an awesome 'popout' thing. They explained the things they do on the road and how they have had their cat along for ages.

    Ellen lets her out on a lead whereever they park for the night.

    If you think the RV life might be for you check out the films 'Schmidt' with Jack Nicholson and the Chevvy Chase film 'Summer Vacation' (I think).

    You can also check out Google for interest groups that explore the US and meet up for potlucks and rallies.

    One year, Ellen and Ray went with many other RVers on a tour into Canada. Very interesting photos she posted that year.

    Have fun. Dianne

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  17. Wow! What fun! You and Gregg must have been standing in the exact same spot we were when you took that photo of Checkerboard Mesa. We sure do love meeting people on trips too.

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  18. So much of what you did is what we did in June of 2011. We did learn that summer not to do a trip like this in SUMMER. First of all, there are WAY too many tourists and secondly is the HEAT... In 2012 we took our western trip in September.. MUCH NICER.

    Have fun--along your way.. By the way, we stayed at Kanob also... We stayed there I think 3 nights --and that's when we visited Zion, Kolob, Red Canyon, Cedar Breaks and our personal favorite, Bryce...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. I remember Checkerboard Mesa very well from our visit to Zion two years ago. It was very hot when we visited, and the buses were so crowded in the park that we didn't get too many good pictures. We'd like to go back in the off season.

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  20. Wow, you've rambled pretty far west. I need to catch up on the rest of your travel adventures.

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  21. It must be so cool to have an RV and travel anywhere. They look like a happy couple, too. Love your trips, Denise, thank you so much for sharing them here.

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  22. Full Time RVing is great -- we did that for over ten years! But you are having a great vacation and doing the kind of thing we loved about it -- meeting great people, seeing new sights..being open to whatever happens, exploring each place where you stay. The only thing you don't have that RVers do is your own bed every night and your own kitchen (the latter can be a mixed blessing sometimes ;>)!

    Keep on trucking!

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  23. I am really enjoying this trip with you and because we have visited some of these places I have a fair idea where you are on the map without having to look it up. Zion is a great Park too.

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