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    • Day7

      Zion National Park

      September 12 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute Vormittag stand der Zion National Park auf dem Programm. Wiederum viel höher gelegen, als der Grand Canyon, aber geologisch mit ihm verwandt.
      Die höchsten Gesteinsschichten im Grand Canyon, sind identisch mit den untersten des Zion. Wiederum die obersten, also jüngsten Schichten des Zion, findet man als die ältesten, also untersten Schichten im Bryce Canyon. Dieser ist also der jüngste der drei Canyons. Die untersten Schichten des Grand Canyon sind am ältesten. Das ganze Gebilde heißt „The Grand Staircase“.
      Der Zion Canyon ist offenbar sehr beliebt. Es war mit Abstand die am stärksten besuchte Sehenswürdigkeit der Reise. Gerade noch erträglich.
      Wir sind auch eine kleine Wanderung gegangen. Beim Frühstück dachte ich, ich höre nicht richtig als sowohl Luisa, als auch Nick meinten, sie hätten heute Lust zu wandern.
      Landschaftlich ein Highlight. Für meinen Geschmack etwas zu voll und überlaufen.
      Tiere haben wir trotzdem gesehen. Endlich die Dickhornschafe, die es wohl in einigen Canyons gibt, die man aber fast nie zu Gesicht bekommt. Sehr scheue Gesellen.
      Anschließend haben wir uns auf die Reise Richtung Las Vegas gemacht.
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    • Day19

      Raindrops keep fallin on my head

      September 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Nach Kalifornien, Nevada und Arizona erweist sich der vierte und letzte Bundesstaat Utah auf unserer Rundreise als Spielverderber. Man kann ja nicht immer Glück haben 😭Dabei war die Vorfreude auf den Zion NP riesengroß. Das Wetter für den morgigen Tag soll genauso mies werden 🌧🌦⛈Wir werden mal schauen, ob wir vielleicht eine Alternative aus dem Hut zaubern.Read more

    • Day15

      Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

      September 15 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      We arrived straight away at our campsite at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. My phone says it's 10:30 am when we arrive, but it's actually 11:30. They allow us to check in early. The woman at the desk says that some phones pick up Arizona Standard Time. There is that one part of Arizona that does not switch to Daylight Savings Time. For some reason, my phone is there. It's a little confusing, and just adds to all of the other disorientation we are feeling.

      The resort is out in the middle of nowhere and we have a completely private back-in site surrounded by trees. The Wifi works amazing throughout the park despite being a distance from the clubhouse. They have everything here... condos, yurts, covered wagins and cabins.... tennis, horseback riding, trails, mini golf and transportation to a multitude of tours including jeep, ATV and canyoneering tours. This would be a great place to bring the family for a week. The pool, showers and laundry are not too far away from our site. It's a warm day in the sun but also crisp, about 70 degrees. We decide to hit the hot tub. The hot water and sunshine should do us some good.

      Back and forth between the hot tub and jumping into the cold pool, I float for a few minutes and return to the hot tub. I repeat this cycle 5 times until my legs feel like noodles. It's so relaxing. The sun is intense. My nose and forehead pinken.

      What else do we do today besides hot tubbing? We showered and shaved. I cooked soup for dinner. We walked around a bit. I video-called my girls and granddaughter. I engage in my leadership class small group zoom meeting that occurs every two weeks. The topic is focus, staying focused on important tasks that align with daily, weekly, quarterly and annual goals.

      Retiring into the van after sunset, we watched Handmaid's Tale and I made Doug my "Hot Toddy" drink made from extra creamy oat milk, agave nectar and cinnamon and heated in the microwave. The new season of Handmaid's Tale is coming out this month, so we're starting from season 1 and watching them all again. I ask Doug, "Why do you like this show?" thinking it's more of a chic flic show. "This could be our future," he replies. "We have to wake up and fight for our freedoms." One benadryl and my Invisalign at bedtime... this is my new remedy for TMJ.
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    • Day17

      Las Vegas Here We Come

      September 17 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      Well it's been a miserable last few days. We haven't been able to do much more than commiserate together and watch Hulu. This morning we at least feel like we can think clearly... a little less disoriented. The van is cleaned up and ready to roll, and Vegas is just 3 hours away. Bye, Zion Ponderosa. We will be back to play again.

      On the home front, the bathroom sheet rock and drywall is up.
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