Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Cedar Breaks National Monument Day 9

 Welcome Back!

Colorado Nat Monument Day 1-3

Canyonlands Day 4

Arches Day 5

Goblin Valley SP Day 6

Bryce Canyon NP Day 7

Kodachrome Basin SP Day 8


We checked out of the hotel at Bryce and headed towards Hurricane, UT. While we were enroute we had to make a grocery stop and we were also in search of a MUCH-needed carwash.  There was not a bug in Nebraska, Colorado or Utah that we had not hit and had stuck to the front of Gloria (she's my car).

But first we were going to stop at Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Since we had such a great experience at the Colorado National Monument, we wanted to check this one out too. As with everything else we have seen in this part of the country it was insanely amazing.  This place had some crazy elevations and some sick views!

We took a leisurely walk along a paved path there for about a mile and a half or so. They had tons of wildflowers, and it was just so peaceful. We then stopped at several overlooks along the scenic drive.  All in all, we spent about 90 minutes, maybe two hours there before heading back to highway to get to Cedar City. It was a lovely park, and I am glad we stopped. 

With the fantastic ventures that we had at both this place and Colorado National Monument, we will be sure to take the time to stop at more national monuments and other locations run by the National Park Service that aren't necessarily a national park.  Goodness knows there are a gazillion of them.

I am not sure if I mentioned it before, but we are not eating at any restaurant meals on this trip.  We brought all of our food that I prepared from home or are preparing it at the hotels.  We pack lunches to take with us to eat in the car or as picnic lunches, eat breakfast in the room or take advantage of the hotel provided breakfasts. Living on the truck has prepared us well for this! We choose to do this for dietary reasons, as well as the financial benefits.  Neither of us are "foodies" so we prefer to use our money for experiences rather than spending it on food when it's just not that important to us.  Plus, my cooking is better anyway! 😄

We needed to stop at Walmart to restock some grocery items. Then we sought out the much-needed carwash.  I think we got better gas mileage after the car wash because Gloria was lighter having all the bug guts washed off.  I absolutely could not believe the bugs that she was carrying around. Disgraceful. 

We checked in to the hotel early and spent some time reorganizing the car, doing some laundry and just getting things back in order. The next few days were going to be busy and long, so we took advantage of the free time to get set up for the exciting days ahead. We then had an early dinner, and chilled out watching some Josh Gates, Expedition Unknown.

By the way we stayed in a really nice,new-ish hotel in Hurricane, Utah. Here we learned that it was pronounced "her- i - kin" not "hurr-i-cane" like you would think. It's madness.

Tomorrow...finally we get to Zion.

Thanks for reading.

Love to all.

More photos of Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Kodachrome Basin State Park- Day 8

 Welcome Back!

Colorado Nat Monument Days 1-3

Canyonlands Day 4

Arches Day 5

Goblin Valley Day 6

Bryce Canyon - Day 7

Thursday 9.14.23

Yesterday even though we spent the entire day at Bryce, there was one hike we didn't get to.  So, this morning before we headed to Kodachrome Basin State Park, we stopped and did the Mossy Cave hike at Bryce.  Technically this hike is not inside the park proper, but it is part of Bryce Canyon.

The hike was really resplendent (yes, I am using a thesaurus.  I got tired of using beautiful, gorgeous and stunning for everything).  It moved along the Tropic Ditch River which is fed by the Tropic Ditch waterfall. This was a short hike that led to the, yep you guessed it, the Mossy Cave.  The cave was full of moss. It was ok, I guess.  I felt it was more of an overhang and less of a cave, but that's just me, I guess. I was more into the waterfall. The hike was really lovely though and we got a great photo of Mark and I thanks to a nice guy from Idaho.  We spent about an hour at this location before heading on.

Aren't we the picture of adorable-ness?


See?  Looks more like an overhang than a cave...

After doing the Mossy Cave hike, we left to go to Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Kodachrome Basin SP is an awesome park full of monolithic spires and chimneys, fields of sunflowers, and lots of great hikes. Our first stop there was the Chimney Rock Spire.  This spire is 170 feet tall.  If you note in the second photo there is a lady (not me) standing next to it on the left, and you can get a feel of the size of it.

Susan's view of Kodachrome Basin SP💖

Next we decided to take a hike.  This was a "Kathy" hike as opposed to most of the other hikes we had been taking being more geared to Mark's skill level.  He said he was up for it, so we!  went for it.  This hike was up on to a ridge, over a bunch of slickrock and promised some great views.  

We headed up the trail, did some rock scrambling and made it up to the ridgeline. As promised, the views were stellar.  We hiked the trail and unfortunately, as we were up there it started to drizzle a bit.  Not what you want on the top of a mountain on slippery rocks!


So, we scrambled to get down and of course just as we got back to the car it quit raining. Ha! We drove around the rest of the park and had a picnic lunch. We spent a bit more time poking around the park before we headed back to the hotel.

Tomorrow, we head to Zion National Park.

Thanks for reading.
Love to all.

More photos from Mossy Cave and Kodachrome Basin.