Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April 2nd

Hi Again! sorry for the wait - wow we haven't written since Mar. 22nd. We have been on the road and wifi has been tricky to find.

We are on our way this morning leaving from Cathedral Gorge State Park at Panaca, Nevada. We arrived here yesterday around lunch and spent the afternoon taking a 4 mile loop walk to see the rock formations.

Since we last wrote we left Bouse, Az and headed north to Parker where we spent two nights at the beautiful Buckskin Mountain State Park. A really really nice park on the river. Temps were great at 88F or 31C. $20 a night though so couldn't stay long. We enjoyed sitting along the river on the beach and as you can see from the photos Derek and Keda cooled off in the river. 

After Parker we headed north again to Kingman Arizona. We were here two years ago and so were retracing our steps again. We really like the historic area of Kingman part of the old Route 66 - they have a great Visitor's Center. We also stopped and took photos of the train and water tower - again. This time we had lunch at Mr. D'z - a 50's style diner. Yummy burgers, onion rings, sweet potato fries and root beer floats. ugh - we were stuffed!

Back on the road we went north a bit and then pulled off into the Mt. Tipton BLM lands and spent the night along the Big Wash Road. The next morning back on the road to Lake Mead Rec area. This route takes us back through Hoover Dam. This was our second time through the dam, not as busy as last time but still packed. Again - we didn't pull over, just took photos as we went through. So - we have never actually 'seen' the dam - people everywhere! 

After Hoover Dam comes the Lake Mead area - we headed in and took the senic route that wraps along the north coast of the lake. Along the way we stopped and had lunch at the summit pull out. After we ate we hiked to the top and took some photos. Back on the road we headed to Stewart's Point where we camped for a few days. Since Saturday night was so windy we headed out Sunday morning. 

The weather got progressively worse on Sunday and was raining when we got to Zion National Park Sunday afternoon. Since the weather wasn't great and Derek did not feel to well we camped at the Watchman Campground at Zion. The next morning we headed out after deciding not to take the shuttle into Zion. Thankfully our trailer is 93" wide and not 94" or we would have had to pay an extra $15 and have the tunnel shut down in order to go through. To get through Zion we had to do a switch back and then the tunnel which is more than a mile long. Very nice scenery and great tunnel. 

Sorry for the quick synopsis - I am sitting out side and my fingers are getting cold. We are on our way to Death Valley today - I see temps are in the high 70's low 80's - can't wait to hit some warmer weather. We will try to update again there! Enjoy the photos!

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