Monthly Archives: April 2014

Still Here

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I am still in Zion National Park.  I moved from my BLM campsite to the Park campgrounds for a little more luxury.  It was interesting leaving the BLM site.    They don’t get much rain here, when they do it changes things.  My nice campsite turned into a mud bowl and my primary in and out road became impassable (a least for towing a trailer).  Luckily their was another way out.  It was pretty seeing the Zion peaks get covered with snow.

I drove to Bryce Canyon NP yesterday very cool.

 

Angels Landing

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Oh my god, oh my god!

Apparently she thought I was going to fall and die. I did miss a footing, slip, throw my hiking stick in the air, smash into the wall, but hey, I never let go of the chain. I knew I wasn’t going over the edge. Just a little drama for my fellow hikers. Of course I pretended like nothing happened, wrapped my wounds with my bandanna and continued the descent.

The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system. Zion’s pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction.

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Another Day

April 23

Wow, did not sleep well last night. Some known reasons combined with fifty MPH winds rocking the Airstream. Decided not to hike today, tired and sore from yesterday. I would just drive around. After three hours I had to return to camp and relax with a beer. My senses were overwhelmed. The scenery, was crazy! I didn’t even try to take pictures. I went from my sagebrush and cottonwood campsite to lava flow and tall pines overlooking Zion Canyon. In between were red rock spires, white sandstone domes, green valley vistas, spring wild flowers, and oh yea a road delay by a small cattle drive and a real cowboy!

I know some of you are saying “who is writing this and what did they do with Larry”. Maybe after I watch the hockey game tonight I will calm down. Maybe not if the Blackhawks win.

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On the Road Again

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I got back to Las Vegas and reunited with my Airstream on Sunday. Yes the traditional Easter in Las Vegas. I am now in Southern Utah, camping just outside of Zion National Park. My campsite is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property and is my first real “Boondocking” campsite. Boondocking basically is creating your own campsite in the middle of nowhere. BLM in Utah manages about 23 million acres of public land. The key benefit of Boondocking is that it is usually free. The limitation is that you have to be completely self contained. No free wi-fi, no TV (missed the Blackhawks).

I spent my first day in Zion riding the shuttle and hiking. It is a little dusty here with winds over 40 mph.

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