Day 8 was just a travel day. Mi Hyon once again drove a couple hours while I took a 30 minute nap, that always helps me stay sharp when driving and ready for the Garmin to mess us up! For the second time this trip, our Garmin GPS sent us off course. This time it was fairly easy to tell that it was wrong, since it wanted us to drive up a dirt mountain pass. The local Deputy showed up to ask if we were lost and let me know it would be a really bad idea to drive up the mountain pass w/ an RV...I thanked him for the advice, but kind of knew that anyway. Of course there was no where to turn around and I can't back up with a car attached. So we disconnected the car and Mi Hyon directed me into a clean 3-point turnaround. Clean isn't quite right because there was a 58 MPH wind on a dusty dirt road, between the wind and my rig blowing up dust, Mi Hyon didn't think it was so clean :-( Wasn't too bad in the drivers seat though ;-) The worthless excuse the GPS showed was "unavoidable
impassable road"...but it sent us there anyway: go figure. But after our short detour, we resorted to the old figure it out yourself method...and found our way there. We thought we would jump right into Zion NP, but we we're both a little tired...maybe more than a little. So we sat along the river bank and soaked in some sun, swam in the pool, and used the hot tub. After dinner we went out and explored the local Walmart...didn't take any pictures there because they are all the same. We had a great BLT for dinner and went to bed.
Day 9, started early for me, Maggie woke me up at 0600 for my morning walk and I was treated to a beautiful sunrise (pic attched). After my walk we had some coffee, Manchego cheese, and bagels. Then we got ready to head to Zion NP, we could immediately tell why Zion is one of the Nation's most popular destinations! The texture of the land was so different from our past two days at Arches and Canyonlands, there is water here, green trees, and the rock was more granite than red sandstone. Equally amazing though! We first drove through
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the park on the main road; along the way we took a 100+ pictures and drove through a 1 mile long tunnel; hand cut through unforgiving granite in 1934. We took a picture of one of the windows cut into the tunnel. Next we took the shuttle through the restricted part of the park (no vehicles allowed). You'll see in the pictures I was once again dressed for 80 degrees, but the weather shifted to 58, windy, and light rain. Never fear, I had a nice jacket in the car...just in case it got cold...but then again we weren't in the car. So at least my jacket didn't get wet. We took many more pictures and we're again in awe of nature's beauty. The park took about 3.5 hours and we enjoyed the rest of the day in the lovely Zion River Resort! What a nice RV park,; for dinner we had bulgoggi and fried rice...great end to a great day. All American's should visit Zion...there were people from every nationality here today. It was crowded, but easy to manage; I can't imagine the summer crowds, plan on May if you ever want to visit.
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