Wednesday, July 23, 2008

June 23 - Grand Canyon to Zion

We left the Grand Canyon and drove on Highway 89 past Echo Cliffs- bright red, marble wall of cliffs. We met another nice State Trooper -- this time from Arizona -- and got another friendly reminder of how much more fun you can have if you slow down and enjoy the scenery. Thanks Mr. State Trooper!

We visited the John Wesley Powell museum, crossed the Glen Canyon Dam, saw Lake Powell in Page Arizona and marveled at the beauty of the Vermillion Cliffs. Again the scenery is amazing, so different than anything familiar to us. Highway 89 follows a route in southern Utah just above the Arizona border and crosses the southern portion of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

We wanted to see the old Paria, UT ghost town, set for lots of westerns including "The Outlaw Josey Wales" but we missed it. Disappointed, we later found out that it burned down in 2006. In Kanab, UT -- aka "Little Hollywood" because so many westerns including Gunsmoke were filmed there -- we found a a place called Frontier Movie Town which has sets from several movies that were shot in the area. Mostly it's a gift shop though. (We regret that we past up on our chance to buy a roll of John Wayne toilet paper. "It is tough and doesn't take crap off of anyone.")

By this point, we were pretty behind schedule. We finally drove into Zion National Park, yet another amazing site. Mainly though we were hungry. Roger reached a new low when he suggested that to save time we eat dinner at the Shell station. Yes. Really. When he realized the only choices were some very dicey looking frozen tacos, he came to his senses and went to a local deli. We checked into the Zion Lodge, ready to rest up for our next adventure.

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