Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011

I might repeat some of the information I already posted so bear with me.  Does it really matter anyway?

March 28th at 9am we left Rio Bend RV and Golf  Park and headed for Bullhead City, AZ.  We were at Ridgeview in BHC in January and returning now.  It's where I showed the ladies Zumba but didn't really teach a class.  Anyway we've driven 2494 miles since we left home at this point.

The two weeks we spent in BHC were nice.  It wasn't quite so windy this time and I was so busy with my jewelry and the internet, Zumba, etc. I only played cards a couple times.  The ladies at this park are really really nice.  It's really considered the end of the season so lots of the ladies I knew were already gone; heading home.

We did go to one casino but didn't win anything.  We ate out quite abit and loved Buffalo Wings.  We went there a couple times.  There's still lots of construction going on through Casino Drive, just FYI.  We only made it to the VFW once and had planned to go back to eat on a Saturday night but never made it back.  We've become such home bodies, really.  I attended one Zumba class which wasn't one I liked so I didn't go back.  I just practiced and made up a couple routines on my own at home.

A couple we met in Texas last year happened to pull in beside us.  What a small world, huh?  This is happening more and more.  We went to dinner with them once.

April 11th we left BHC heading for Harrisburg, UT.  We thought it was St. George, then was told the park was in Hurricane, UT but it's actually, Harrisburg.  We stopped for fuel; $267.  We left BHC about 7:30am and arrived at this park at about 2:30 (3:30 mountain time so we lost an hour)  What a nice little park.  We had heard it was a bit run down but it has new owners and it's excellent!  The clubhouse looks brand new and the park is well maintained.  The pool is huge but we're not really pool people so we haven't tried it.  There was cinnamon rolls and coffee in the clubhouse along with a craft sale this morning.  Last night was live music, free to us, and tonight is a meatloaf dinner with all the fixings for $6.00 each with live entertainment at no extra charge. 
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Harrisburg, UT RV Park

Harrisburg RV park. Us facing you.
First we went to Silver Reef across the road which is an old mining town and the first place where silver was found in sandstone.  There's only one place in the United States where silver is found in sandstone and this is the place.  The old Wells Fargo Bank is still standing.  If you're interested, here's a couple link to learn more about this old mining town.  We loved it and found it quite interesting.  It's just across the road from where we're staying.   http://www.utahtravelcenter.com/cities/silverreef/history.htm    http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ut-silverreef.html

Then we took a day trip to Kolob Canyon.  What a wonderful drive.  Lots of scenic beauty and lots and lots of hiking trails.  Here's some links to this part of the Zion Nat'l Park:  http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/kolob_canyons.htm  OR  http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/kolob_canyons.htm
Kolob Canyon, UT

The next day out we went to Zion National Park.  The drive is so beautiful and from April through October, I think it is, there are no cars allowed beyond the Information Center.  You hop a shuttle that runs continuously all day every 10 minutes.  There's several of them going up.  There's approximately 8 stops along the way and you can hop on and hop off anytime you want to see the different formations at those points.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Links for this park:  http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm  AND  http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion.htm
If you ever travel out this way, these parks are a must.  A little spendy at $25  a day but we had a senior pass which got us into all the National Parks for free.  It's so nice that the Gov't didn't close down or we would have missed these beautiful parks.

The next time out we went to Bryce Canyon.  We had to travel back through Zion National Park to get there and traveled through a mile long tunnel.  Link:  http://www.eastziontourismcouncil.org/zion-tunnel-escort.htm
The park is so completely different from Zion Nat'l Park.  There is a shuttle in this park, too, but it isn't running as early in the year as Zion Nat'l Park.
1 mile tunnel

1 mile tunnel

We stopped for a late lunch at Ruby's Inn.  Quit a bit of history there, too.  http://www.rubysinn.com/.  Here's some photos of the canyon.

Bryce Canyon, UT

Bryce Canyon, UT

Top of the World

Bryce Canyon, UT
Bryce Canyon, UT 
Bryce Canyon, UT
Red Rock Canyon, UT on the way out of Bryce Canyon 
Red Rock Canyon, UT 
Red Rock Canyon, UT


Hope you enjoyed the photos.........more next time.  Tomorrow, the 17th and it's a work day as we leave bright and early Monday morning for heading north into Colorado.