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    Default So' Cal' to Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce, Zion, Las Vegas and back

    I got back from my end-of-spring road trip to the national parks of southern Utah/ northern Arizona.

    Since I don't have my mileage log with me I'll add a post later with travel times and miles.

    Day 1:
    6:25 AM- left Orange County CA-91 E to I-15 N
    8:08 to 8:21 AM- Lenwood, CA (just south of Barstow): Stopped for coffee. Mile 105
    10:38 to 11:01 AM- North Las Vegas, NV: Stopped for gas (we still had gas in the tank, but gas is far less expensive here than elsewhere on our trip). Picked up sandwiches for lunch at Subway. Mile 270.1
    11:45 to 11:54 AM- Glendale, NV: Potty stop (we have a 4-year old and an 11-year old, so such stops are expected). MIle 316.0
    1:55 to 2:40 PM- St. George, UT: Stopped for gas and groceries. We loaded up on snacks and breakfast at the Walmart here because our accomodations in Kanab didn't offer a complimentary breakfast. Please note we changed from PDT to MDT so it only took us 1 hour 10 minutes to get from Glendale to St. George. Mile 385.
    3:58 to 5:36 PM- Fredonia, AZ: Visited Pipe Spring National Monument. The main purpose of our trip was to see the national parks, and on our first day we bought our $80 annual parks pass here. Our kids got their Junior Ranger booklets and did the required projects as we toured the grounds. Not only did they learn about the local Piutes and settlers, but they also got to learn about plural marriage and federal investigators! Mile 448.6
    5:59 PM- Kanab, UT: Stopped for dinner and lodging. Mile 469.8

    Day 2:
    9:31 AM (MDT)- Departed Kanab for the North Rim.
    10:05 AM (MST)- North Rim visitor center: We picked up more Junior Ranger work books from the visitor center, participated in a ranger-guided program, and bought sandwiches at the deli. Mile 551.1
    2:01 PM- Arrived Point Imperial: Photos. Mile 562.8
    2:36 PM- Arrived Cape Royal: Photos. Mile 580.0
    5:04 PM- Left North Rim visitor center: The kids got their Junior Ranger badges, we bought souvenirs, and we mailed off some post cards at the post office. Mile 603.2
    - Kanab: Back for dinner and a snooze. Mile 684.2

    Day 3:
    Kanab: We bought sandwiches, drinks, and snacks at the local grocery store before heading out.
    10:07 AM- Departed Kanab
    11:44 AM- Arrived Bryce Canyon, UT: We spent the whole day in the park. We took the Navajo Loop Trail to see the hoodoos below the rim, listened to a ranger talk on the geology of the canyon, bought souvenirs. The kids got their third Junior Ranger badges (are you seeing a pattern here?). Mile 763.3
    Kanab: Back for a late dinner and much-needed rest. Mile 845.2

    Day 4:
    Kanab: We ate pastries from the local grocery store/ bakery and filled the car with gas before heading out.
    10:00 AM- Departed
    10:49 AM-- Zion National Park, Checkerboard Mesa (east entrance). Mile 876.6
    The park was crowded, and traffic slowed to a crawl. The valley overlook turnout was full, and traffic through the tunnel was limited to one direction at a time. Don't expect to travel quickly though the park as cars continually pull in and out of the scenic vistas. We parked at the Museum of Human History for a ranger talk and to watch the video about the park. We drove past the west entrance near Springdale to stop for lunch before parking at the visitor center and taking the shuttle into the main part of the park.
    3:57 PM (MDT)- Departed Zion National Park, UT. Mile 890.0
    5:27 PM (PDT)- North Las Vegas, NV: We checked into our room and ate dinner. Mile 1051.8

    Day 5:
    12:04 PM: North Las Vegas, NV: We filled up the car with gas after spending a relaxing morning at the hotel.
    2:55 to 3:21 PM- Lenwood, CA: Stopped at McDonalds for ice cream and ice coffee. Mile 1,222.7.
    5:59 PM Orange County: Arrived back home. Mile 1,337.2
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    Default Thank You

    Thanks for coming back with your report. Sounds like the family had a great holiday. I do so love Kanab as a hub for those attraction.

    So are we going to see any pics? We really like you to share your pics with us.

    Lifey

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    Default How many trip reports has it been now?

    I remember last year's trip to California's gold country.

    I think this is your 3rd major field trip report?

    California Gold Country Photos

    Apache Trail photos in 2009

    Whoa, the gallery albums have been enhanced, I never tend to look at this album collection because we also support the RTA Photo Share, but the display is looking better!

    Mark

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    Road crews were resurfacing AZ-389 east of Colorado City.
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    The highway skirts the Virgin River from near the small area where I-15 cuts across the borders of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. This photo was taken before the photo attached above (the one near Colorado City, AZ).
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    UT-12 W on the way back from Bryce Canyon. The rocks are incredibly orange/red in the Bryce area.
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    The pullout for the valley overlook was jammed with cars, and traffic from the tunnel backed up to there as well.
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    Zion seemed to have the most vista points with opportunities for vacation photos.

    My wife doesn't like me posting photos of our family members online, so I've blacked out my kids' eyes. I figured it would be better than spray-painting their faces before taking photos for the forum.
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    Default Neither you should

    Quote Originally Posted by shirohniichan View Post
    My wife doesn't like me posting photos of our family members online, ...
    I fully concur. It worries me when I see folks post photos of family online... maybe I have just read too much true crime.

    Great photos.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    I remember last year's trip to California's gold country.

    I think this is your 3rd major field trip report?

    California Gold Country Photos

    Apache Trail photos in 2009

    Whoa, the gallery albums have been enhanced, I never tend to look at this album collection because we also support the RTA Photo Share, but the display is looking better!

    Mark
    I reckon it is my third report. I took photos and notes of a trip to Tucson, Tombstone, and Bisbee in January, but I never got around to posting them here. D'oh!

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