Saturday, August 30, 2008

Frontier Movie Town-Kanab

Hollywood's vision of the wild west. These were the sets of old movies like The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Little Indian, and Black Bart.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary-Angel Canyon

A huge animal sanctuary for every kind of animal you can think of, horses,cows, donkeys, cats, birds, dogs etc....The largest sanctuary in the U.S. It is a beautiful place for animals that need help or a home.

Kanab, Utah

Moqui Cave...a house/museum/gift shop built inside a cave.Very cool!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mossy Cave & Nature Hike

Hank and I went down Scenic By-Pass 12 to see the Mossy Cave, we encountered a Volunteer Ranger that was taking people on a walk and ask us to join them. He described all the edible plants, just in case we got hungry. He also explained the way to get fluids out of certain leaves. We found a waterfall in the desert and water seeping from rocks in a cave with moss all on the roof. It was very educational and we had a nice morning.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Red Canyon-Horse back riding

Hank and I got up early and headed to Ruby's Inn. We caught a van with 4 other people, 2 French, and 2 from the Netherlands-Holland-Denise and Mom (Tina). They rode in front of me! Tina struggled to keep her horse from eating and Denise kept wanting hers to trot. While I had no problem at all...Puff (Lillie's horse) lagged behind and held Hank and the guide up then all of a sudden would start trotting to catch up with Tina...hence King, (Hanks horse) would trot too!! He kept moaning behind me each time this happened. We rode through washes throughout the canyon with towering red rocks above us. As you can tell, all Hank could see of me was my back and the dust I left behind as we took off. Someone isn't going to be able to walk tomorrow after 3hrs. on Horses. Great Adventure!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bryce Canyon N.P. The Hoodoo

The beautiful striking scenery that makes Bryce unique, has been created by the forces of nature sculpting the brilliantly colored Claron Formation. Most of it done by erosion. We followed the rim all the way around these beautiful formation.
Tomorrow we are going down to the bottom by Horse-back. Ut-oh!!

Drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon

Hank and I decided to take the Mountain Hwy. 14 over from Zion to Bryce. It was absolutely gorgeous. We climbed over 9,000', temperatures started dropping. What views!! At the top of the summit, there were sheep everywhere, including all over the road.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An evening drive up the mountain

Buddy, Hank and I went for a little Jeep drive up the mountain at sunset. We found a beautiful lake in the desert, gorgeous mountains, and a fabulous sunset. We had a wonderful evening!!

Jeep Experience

Hank and I had been hiking all day, we couldn't walk anymore. We were on our drive home through a little town called Springdale when all of a sudden boom! We ran over something. Hank pulled over and I jumped out and ran back-it was a screwdriver. I picked it up and walked back to the Jeep, there was a huge hole in the side of the tire. Hank pulled off the road. It is around 1pm and 105 degrees. We pull out the manual to figure out where the jack is and how to operate. Just then, 2 city workers pull up and said it was their fault, they put their screwdriver on the back of the truck and it rolled off. They told up to drive up to the Shell station in town and the city would replace the tire at no charge. We put the spare on, drove up to Shell and sure enough, they put a new tire on! Amazing there are still honest people around-God really has blessed us. He often reminds us, pass it on! Be honest,and always do what is right!

Zion N.P. Angels Landing

This was probably the most Strenuous climbs I have done in years. There were long drop-offs and narrow trails. Climbing 1488', 5 miles, 4 hours. "Not for anyone fearful of heights." The switchback was very steep, I had to stop alot to catch my breath, but we made it. As you can tell, looking down off the cliffs...we were way up above Zion Canyon.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Zion N.P-Emerald Pools

Hank and I had quiet an adventure today. We caught the shuttle and got off at the Emerald Pool Trail. We decided to hike all 3 trails. The lower, the middle and the upper.There was hardly any water. When we came 3 years ago, the falls were flowing and the pools full.

We then decided then to drive through the tunnel and climb Observation Point. What a view!
It looks down over Zion Park. On the way home, we saw this beautiful white ELK. Atleast that is what we think it was...what do you think?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kolob Terrace-Zion N.P. (side trip)

We are at a beautiful RV resort right outside Zion Park. The lady who runs the park suggested we drive up to Kolob Terrace at sunset. OH MY GOODNESS!! We got there a little late but it was gorgeous with temperatures in 80's. We are planning to do a little hiking tomorrow in Zion. Until then. We have no cell service!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

It was really too hot to do much of anything today beside watch Olympics, so we decided to drive over to the Dam. Again, a tremendous amount of Foreigners visiting the U.S.A. The Lake is over 100' down and the Dam was an amazing construction project. Compared to last year, they are moving right along putting in the new bridge across the water. You won't be able to cross the dam by car much longer.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Venetian Hotel

Hank and I went to the Venetian to see the gondala's,(their St. Mark Square)and beautiful waterfalls and of course, the Blue Man Group!! Hank won about $20 at the slots. We will be leaving here in a couple of days. We are heading to Zion N.P. Later

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I loved Hank's BD

Boy, Hank ought to have BD's more often. He bought me a new shorts' outfit, ear-rings and new pool float. Boy am I lucky!! I am sure he enjoyed his BD card but I enjoyed the presents. I think I like being spoiled .

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Charleston Mtn.

I made us a picnic and we drove about 40 miles north of Las Vegas. We found a ski mountain, fresh air and 66 degree weather. It was so nice and cool! We had the windows open. We enjoyed a nice hike until both of us had a hard time breathing at 9000' up. Of course, now Hank is getting older, I have to watch out for him too.

Great time...good birthday.

Happy Birthday to Hank...

Happy Birthday Hank, he is finally old enough to get into things on his own, 55+
He woke up to a phone call from Davy, an email from Momma Ann and homemade blueberry muffins with a homemade candle (by me) made at Girl Scout with my girls, Ansley and Rebecca. We plan on going to the Charleston Point Mtn. today!

Have a great Birthday Hank!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Las Vegas

Hank and I have done alot of walking. MGM, to the New Yorker, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay,then up to the other end.
Harrah's, Flamingo, Imperial, across the street to Caesar's Palace(watch Caesar talk around the water fountain) and the new Wynn and of course, Paris.
Walk walk walk walk..until you can't walk anymore...but wait the Bellagio, Venetian.

So, if you wonder why I haven't posted...I am too tired!! Plus it is now 112 degrees!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vegas Strip

Hank and I have been taking it kinda slow. With temperatures over 106, we aren't moving to fast anyway. We walk early in the morning (before 7am) and then is almost 90, then we go where we can stay inside-like Malls, or Casino's. Late afternoon we go swimming when the pool is in the shade. In the evenings, we walk down on the strip and watch the people. Donna do you remember the dancing waters at the Bellagio?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada

We arrived at Las Vegas and will be here a couple of weeks! This is Hank's favorite place to visit and feels right at home. This is our 3rd time at the Oasis! Here is website if you want to view.

Anyway, I know Vegas would be boring for you all to read, so I probably won't post everyday while we are here. It's just gambling, shows, casino's, shopping, walking, people watching, swimming...just your everyday boring stuff!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Death Valley, Calfornia

Hank and I got up really early to try and beat the extreme heat! We arrived at Death Valley around 8:30 by 9:30 it was over 106 degree at -192' elevation. We enjoyed the view from above with a slight wind. We saw NO moving rocks, Rebecca. We ended our adventure at Scotty's Castle. A beautiful home built in Death Valley (never finished). What idiots to build here!! Built in 1920's, the furniture still intact(from around the world)and we were treated to the sounds of a 1,121 pipe organ!

Pahrump, Nevada

We arrived in Pahrump yesterday with over 100 degrees. First thing we did was get our bathing suits on and head to the pool. This is a gorgeous Resort, turned KOA. There is a couple of 5th wheels here and us! We enjoyed the beautiful pool and no people. It has a chef that will cook your meals and bring to RV. A fantastic exercise room and bowling alley. We have a gazebo behind our RV that Hank and I enjoyed using last night. Great place!! We won $40. at the nugget and had a nice dinner.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Yosemite N.P.

Today was a very long day! We drove through Yosemite viewing the beautiful cliffs climbing up over 9,000'. The lakes were gorgeous and the temperature was 74.
The El Capitan stood high above the Yosemite Village. The trees towered over us throughout the Park. There was too much to see and could have taken weeks to see it all. The granite mountains reminded me of Stone Mountain. Heading south tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mammoth Lakes, California

Arrived safely, we are going to investigate the small town. Tommorrow, we will head over to Yosemite. We saw new fires just a few miles away, it is very dry here.(I hope they stay just where they are!)
Just up the road was Inyo National Forest..we drove up there and found Devils Postpile N.M.! From there we rode a bus up the mountain. Devils Postpile, basalt lava erupted from volcanic vent and cooled some 20,000 years ago. Hank and I hiked about 4 miles and found the beautiful Rainbow Falls.

We are exhausted now and are going to do nothing the rest of the evening.