After doing a few housekeeping chores this morning, we took off to check out campgrounds in Bryce and the Red Canyon Campground in the Dixie National Forest. All three are first come, first served and we wanted to see how full/empty they were and what the sites were like. In Bryce, we talked with the campground hosts and they expect quite a few people to leave tomorrow and that we should be there by 9 AM. (Early rising day tomorrow ). So hopefully we will get a good site. We expect to be there at least 8 days so hopefully we will get a good site.
I did not take many pictures, sorry. I will save the space for when we are in the park. This is on the way out of Bryce.
We stopped in the little town of Panguitch for lunch. What a quaint place. We found out that most of the main downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. Since that is only place that has a grocery store, we will be checking it out later.
Back home, we took a walk around the campground. We have a new neighbor right next to us - really right next to us. I can hear their conversations and TV and I am sure they could here ours. With all the open spaces in this park, I do not understand. So glad we are leaving tomorrow.
We are the second MH from the left. But the scenery here is just beautiful.
This is the Sevier River. In this valley, it snakes back and forth and irrigates many of the farms. It surrounds the back part of the campground and is runny strong.
Dandelions - - haven’t seen them in a while.
So that was our day. Tomorrow we are headed to Bryce so stay tuned and enjoy today.
When we woke this morning, it was 31 degrees - BRRRRR!!! We packed up and off we went!
Heading north - coming down from the high plateau:
No more trees:
Interesting rock formations near Fredonia:
Where there are beautiful red rocks:
Almost looks like it was painted:
In the Virgin River valley:
Trees and Teepees ?
Llamas in green grass:
We arrived in Hatch at the Riverside Resort and RV Park (an Escapees Discount Park). We will be here for two nights. Once we set up, I headed to the laundry here (nice).
After the initial clouds and rain, this evening the sun came out - but we still have the winds.
We hope to do a road trip tomorrow so stay tuned and enjoy today.
Stats for today:
Miles Traveled: 116 Miles
Arizona: SR-67; US89A
Utah: US-89A; US-89
This morning we woke to sunny skies so we decided to check out a couple of the forest roads. But first, here is a picture of our site:
I just LOVE National Forest Campgrounds –
Off we went…oh, oh, clouds rolling in again:
We checked out a few areas for camping for future reference and then saw a sign that said “Grand Canyon East View”. So off we went up the hill – we climbed to 9000’ :
Four miles later we found the parking lot and walked to the viewpoint – oh, my:
What a lovely drive. If we were spending more time here, we would definitely get a map and check out some of these other roads. We were told many of them lead to Grand Canyon View Points. This is still going to be on our bucket list!
We headed to the North Rim Visitor Services and saw this fellow along the way. I could not get a picture of his face – :
Coyote or Wolf?
While at the North Rim Campground Store, I downloaded our emails and checked the phone. We do not have any phone service or internet where we are camped so that is why I ended up publishing so many when we go to out next adventure.
Late afternoon, the sun was out, the wind died down, so we had a great supper cooked on the fire, then enjoyed the fire until the sun set.
We are leaving here tomorrow and heading north so stay tuned.
We have enjoyed our stay here in the Kaibab National Forest and we will be back. I was not able to do any of the hikes at the North Rim – still not well, better, but not all better. So this remains on our bucket list to explore this area more.
Tomorrow we are heading to Hatch for 2 days and then to Bryce so stay tuned.
The views continued to WOW us:
Notice the people on the point:
Neat looking tree:
What incredible beauty!
We decided to continue our road trip in the National Forest up to Jacob Lake. The clouds are rolling in...
So now we know why there are so many fenced in lakes in the meadows:
I love the contrast of the aspens with the pines:
We made it up to Jacob Lake, checked out the Kaibab National Forest Visitor Center and then headed back - it was starting to rain - !
What a treat to see the mule deer.
This gal was so excited to see us, she was jumping for joy - !
Back home the rain continued so we read, had supper and watched a little TV. (I am missing my internet access.)
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventures.