Day 9&10 - Zion, Grand Canyon, Vegas

United States' flag
North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas
August 17th 2006
Published: August 17th 2006
Edit Blog Post

Total Distance: 0 miles / 0 kmMouse: 0,0

Day 9 & 10

Zion National Park - Checkerboard MesaZion National Park - Checkerboard MesaZion National Park - Checkerboard Mesa

Next to the road right after entering the park from the east entrance.
Sorry for the delay in updating the blog. We have not had internet access for a couple of days. Ok, we did have internet access while we were in Las Vegas but we were too busy enjoying Vegas to update our blog!

After checking the weather forecast, the weather in Zion seemed favorable over that of the Grand Canyon, so we broke down camp in Bryce and headed for Zion early Thursday morning. The drive to Zion was short so we were able to secure a first-come first-serve tent site in the park’s campground. Zion was considerably hotter than Bryce, with a high that day of 103 degrees!!!! Not exactly OUR weather… Needless to say, we did not need our fleeces and wool hats on this portion of the trip! Zion operates shuttle buses that run along the scenic road through the middle of the park. Due to the heat, we decided that the best way to experience the park was to do a couple of short hikes off of several of the shuttle stops. We cooled off afterwards with a dip in the Virgin River which ran right next to our shaded campsite. The dip in the river served
Zion National Park - TunnelZion National Park - TunnelZion National Park - Tunnel

One of the tunnels on the road into the park.
as our “shower” for the day since there were no showers available in the park. For the first time, we got through an entire day without rain. The evening provided a constant breeze which flowed through our tent - a relief from the high temperatures we experienced earlier that day.

The next morning we were on the road before 7am heading toward the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. While driving through Kaibab National Forest, we saw and smelled evidence of the recent wildfire that burned about one month ago just outside the Canyon. As we drew closer to the canyon, the skies began to cloud over, and although we didn’t get wet, the views of the canyon were obscured by a thick haze. The sun managed to poke through the clouds in a few places, but was fighting a losing battle as storms continued to mount on the horizon. Due to the lack of visibility, our stay in the park was short.

We got back on the road and headed toward our next destination: LAS VEGAS! Having spent the last 6 nights in a tent and using communal showers where available, the prospect of a hotel room with a
Zion National Park - Zion CanyonZion National Park - Zion CanyonZion National Park - Zion Canyon

View from the bottom of the canyon in Zion.
hot shower, flush toilet and soft bed was quite appealing. We drove through several thunderstorms on the way. One bolt of lightning apparently managed to start a wildfire. Within 5 minutes of us spotting the fire in the distance, we saw an airplane fly over and douse the fire in an attempt to put it out.

After we left the storms behind, we entered the hot desert climate of Las Vegas. When we arrived on the Strip the temperature was a steamy 110 degrees! We quickly checked in to The Aladdin Hotel & Casino, located on the Strip, got cleaned up, and headed for the buffet! Following dinner we did a bit of gambling via video poker, craps and slots. We were a bit ahead when we left the casino to take in a show at a nearby venue. Following the show we watched the fountains outside the Bellagio before crashing for the night.

Our tentative plan for today is to drive through Death Valley and head in the direction of Yosemite National Park.

Additional photos below
Photos: 12, Displayed: 12


Grand Canyon National Park - Hazy ViewGrand Canyon National Park - Hazy View
Grand Canyon National Park - Hazy View

Can you find the crack in the earth?
Grand Canyon National Park - Hazy CoupleGrand Canyon National Park - Hazy Couple
Grand Canyon National Park - Hazy Couple

We could barely see each other!
Grand Canyon National Park - Storm ArrivingGrand Canyon National Park - Storm Arriving
Grand Canyon National Park - Storm Arriving

You can see the dark clouds rolling in on the left side of the picture.
Grand Canyon National Park - Mule DeerGrand Canyon National Park - Mule Deer
Grand Canyon National Park - Mule Deer

Johanna caught some wildlife in action.
Las Vegas - Video PokerLas Vegas - Video Poker
Las Vegas - Video Poker

Johanna with her poker face on!
Las Vegas - Happy CoupleLas Vegas - Happy Couple
Las Vegas - Happy Couple

Waiting for the fountains at the Bellagio.
Las Vegas - FountainsLas Vegas - Fountains
Las Vegas - Fountains

Viva Lost Wages!

18th August 2006

What great blogs! You'll have to let me know how you planned all this so that I can see as much as you both have been able to see when Joe and I get a chance to do this. And luckily for you, Johanna, that you don't have any wages to lose in "Viva Lost Wages" just yet (unlucky for you Aaron ;-) Hope you have blue skies for the rest of your trip!

Tot: 2.105s; Tpl: 0.052s; cc: 12; qc: 53; dbt: 0.0297s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb