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Old 09-16-2010   #31 (permalink)
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Great report so far! Thanks for posting.



Have always wanted to tour around the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas. Beautiful.

My husband wants us to trailer our motorcycles down there next summer and ride around...after reading your description of the roads in in Norther AZ, not sure that is a great idea!
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Great report so far! Thanks for posting.



Have always wanted to tour around the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas. Beautiful.

My husband wants us to trailer our motorcycles down there next summer and ride around...after reading your description of the roads in in Norther AZ, not sure that is a great idea!
Definately do it! Just be cautious and drive in daylight. They told us that most accidents occurred at night, where there are no streetlights, and people are tired...

Dont leave out Utah!!!! I found it just awesome.
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Definately do it! Just be cautious and drive in daylight. They told us that most accidents occurred at night, where there are no streetlights, and people are tired...

Dont leave out Utah!!!! I found it just awesome.
Utah also looks beautiful, yes.

He was just down in Montana riding in Glacier National Park, and he said even though it was the Labour Day weekend, the traffic was minimal, compared to in BC and Alberta....the less traffic on secondary roads, the better the ride, IMO.

Definitely would only be riding in daylight- thanks!

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Utah also looks beautiful, yes.

He was just down in Montana riding in Glacier National Park, and he said even though it was the Labour Day weekend, the traffic was minimal, compared to in BC and Alberta....the less traffic on secondary roads, the better the ride, IMO.

Definitely would only be riding in daylight- thanks!

keep going!
Glacier is pretty awesome too. Particularly if you are not from Grizzly country. The indoctrination of grizzly warnings are pretty crazy as you enter that park. Probably nothing new to you folks up in BC though.

I just l;ost a post of about 20 pics, will get them up and going again soon.

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Galrier is pretty awesome too. Particularly if you are not from Grizzly country. The indoctrination of grizzly warning are pretty crazy as you enter that park. Probably nothing new to you folks up in BC though.

I just l;ost a post of about 20 pics, will get them up and going again soon.

We are from Saskatchewan, not BC, no grizzlies here (maybe we have Grizzlies far up north, I am not sure?). But we have loads of brown and black bears here. I have seen several of those in the wild (well, campgrounds) in my lifetime up at northern lakes. Grizzlies are definitely scarier! And yes, there are lots in BC.

hey, been there, done that, before! Sometimes when posting a lot of pics I post a post with a few at a time....less frustrating when you lose them.
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We are from Saskatchewan, not BC, no grizzlies here (maybe we have Grizzlies far up north, I am not sure?). But we have loads of brown and black bears here. I have seen several of those in the wild (well, campgrounds) in my lifetime up at northern lakes. Grizzlies are definitely scarier! And yes, there are lots in BC.

hey, been there, done that, before! Sometimes when posting a lot of pics I post a post with a few at a time....less frustrating when you lose them.

oops.. thought you were from BC for some reason. Went to an unbelievable grizzy preserve in northern BC, near Prince Rupert about 4 years ago. Its in my Alaska trip report on here. Not computer capable to link...
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oops.. thought you were from BC for some reason. Went to an unbelievable grizzy preserve in northern BC, near Prince Rupert about 4 years ago. Its in my Alaska trip report on here. Not computer capable to link...
yup- lots of grizzlies around there! Very cool!

Ponderosa Pines? They are supposed to smell like vanilla.
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Great report so far! Thanks for posting.



Have always wanted to tour around the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas. Beautiful.

My husband wants us to trailer our motorcycles down there next summer and ride around...after reading your description of the roads in in Norther AZ, not sure that is a great idea!
Thats where we are headed Sunday! Fly out from Columbus Ohio, staying at Williams, AZ and Sedona. For 1 week! Can't wait!
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yup- lots of grizzlies around there! Very cool!

Ponderosa Pines? They are supposed to smell like vanilla.
WINNER!!

THey smell like vanilla, butterscotch, baking cookies... really amazing!

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Thats where we are headed Sunday! Fly out from Columbus Ohio, staying at Williams, AZ and Sedona. For 1 week! Can't wait!
Please try Cafe Elote! Really great food. Great staff.
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couple more from Bryce then off we go to Zion National Park!!!!!!







SO we packed up, showered up and headed to Zion National Park about an hour and a half southwest. If we had time, we would have stopped at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, which looks really cool. Oh well, next time.

On our way, we stopped at a "rock shop" for a bit more shopping, then visited some friends.... They look so natural in this environment..



We got back to the task at hand. I had really looked forward to this park, as it seemed so diverse in its exploration opportunities. We were staying for three nights, the longest stay in our trip. We could have stayed several more and just scratched the surface. We were entering from the eastern section, through the gates..




Then Checkerboard Mesa...



We got through the eastern section right before the tunnel through the mountains, into the main canyon, we hopped out of the car and took a two mile hike on Canyon Overlook Trail. THis is what we saw.....







View from a cave along the way...



TO THIS!!!!!!



It was awesome. The roadway you see goes through the very southern portion of the main canyon, to the south entrance in the Town of Springdale Utah.. The main section of the park cannot even be seen in this picture, facing west, as this is the base of the main canyon. The main canyon proceeeds northerly and, in summer, is only accessible by shuttle. The town of Spirngdale is also accessible via free shuttle. You can park you car and leave it.

The family was a bit grumpy as I had already woken them for sunrise, made them eat bagels on the bed, taken a four mile hike, took a car ride and the made them hike again in oppressive heat... They got it once they saw the view....

Once we got back, we got in the car and got in line to go through the tunnel.. They are doing road construction and it goes to one lane in the tunnel. WHile waiting to go through the tunnel, was looking through my side view mirror only to see a big horn sheep jump right through the traffic a car or two back to get to the other side. Apparently they were reintroduced to the park several years ago and now 65 live in the eastern section. We got this photo..



We made our way through the main canyon, and off to our hotel, as the family had enough hiking in the heat. We were staying at the Desert Pearl Inn. I cannot say enough about this place.... We were upgraded to a King suite, which must have been 1000 square feet... It was so beautiful... They simply do everything right. SImple elegance. We had a full kitchen, two full bathrooms, a huge balcony overlooking the virgin river, a powder room, a king bedroom and a living room.. The wood is old railroad ties ...

STAY HERE:









We spent the rest of the day chilling out, hanging by the pool, because who wouldn't want to when it looks like this....



Although we were really sick of going out to eat, we took one last nice meal.
We had a nice mexican meal on a outdoor patio.





We shared our table with the praying mantis....



the hummingbirds....



and the mountains and the moon...





Went back and chilled in our suite..the boys showered and.... got in our complimentary robes



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What a great report!!! Thanks so much. Planning is half the fun, my family always rolls their eyes at me when I have every day planned. Trip Advisor has never steered us wrong.
Two summers ago we spent a week in Moab, Utah. We always like to gt a condo for a week and explore from there, your way seems so much more intersting, but it sure was nice to come back to a comfy condo every night, especially when it was 43 degrees ( celcius) and the AC had broken in the van............that's another whole story.

Now our girls are 15 and 12, the oldest in competitive golf so the days of the two week summer driving trips are over Enjoy while you can!!

Looking forward to the rest......
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