Monday, October 20, 2014

The Kolob Reservoir Drive

We got too late of a start today.  We'd planned to go walk up something in Zion.  However, by the time we got there, it was covered in people.  On a whim, we decided to take the drive up toward the Kolob Reservoir.  We were there in 2010, but we'd forgotten.  If we didn't have the blog, we wouldn't know anything about where we've been. 
This is the road through Hop Valley.  There was a trail head there, so we thought we would see where it went.

We were hoping the Hop Valley trail would take us over towards these rocks, but it didn't.  Instead, it took us to (wait for it) Hop Valley.  It was sort of a boring trail.  Lot's of sand and oak trees, no rocks.  After a little bit we decided to bag it and keep driving.

We continued up to the Lava Point Overlook.  This is on a dirt road that turns off from the paved road.  In 2010 we did not make it this far because the road surface was so bad. The view from up there is just phenomenal.  We're looking into Zion from the overlook.

Scenery on the way back to the road.

Driving up the hill, the scenery is beautiful.  However, when you turn around to go back, it's even better.  We were back to saying "Holy crap, look at that!" because we are so articulate in these areas.

It's about 25 or 26 miles to the reservoir from Virgin.  The road is extremely steep in places.  Keep your eyes peeled for cattle trucks and other big trucks because they straddle the yellow line in places.  We got pretty terrible gas mileage with the grades, but it's worth it.  It's a gorgeous drive.

Mountain Biking and Drinks With Aluminarium

Yesterday we took the MTBs out on a road that Mark had told us about.  It's an interesting road.  Parts of it are bright white.  It's not rock, we think it's clay.  Large sections of the surface are like riding across a golf ball, it's sort of dimpled.  It's also deceptively steep.  When we came back down it, we were pleasantly surprised at how much down there was.  So we're not totally out of shape - there had been climbing.

This is Jim closing the gate.  It's sort of a Rube Goldberg gate, they could stand a less flimsy closure.  I think we'll go back out there, it's a really good work out.

In the late afternoon we drove out to Quail Creek State Park to have drinks with Leigh and Brian.  They have a primo spot (22) in the park.  This is what they see during the golden hour.  Pretty nice, eh?  There is no one between them and the water.  Leigh made mama ghannouj with yellow squash that was really good.  Her post links to the recipe, it's worth checking out.  It was fun talking to fellow full timers, and meeting Curtis the wonder dog.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Airplanes in Utah

One of the things that drives me crazy is when I don't sleep.  Last night was just tedious because I could not sleep!  We had planned to go mountain biking today, but I was too tired.  Instead we decided to drive down and check out the Red Cliffs Recreation Area.  It's closed!  They didn't just close the campground, they've removed access to the entire area.  There was a park ranger putting tickets on the cars that were parked outside of the tunnels under the freeway.  Very disappointing. 
Jim is a fan of small airports.  We went out to look at the Hurricane airport.  It's surprisingly large.  They have hangars and gas.  Is this not a lovely little airplane?  It's a Cessna 310.  It's a very nice light twin.

The one on the left is a Piper Cherokee of some sort and the other one is a Mooney.

I spotted a sign for the Sky Ranch development of luxury housing three miles down the road.  We headed out there to see what constituted luxury out in the middle of nowhere.  It's a fly in neighborhood.  That's their runway.  It has lights, but no fuel.

Many of the houses have hangars, some of the hangars are very large.

These are community hangars not connected to anyone's house.

All the houses with hangars, as well as these buildings, have taxi ways to the main run way.

They're huge structures, some had plane parking as well as Class A parking.

Another view of the valley and the air strip.  It's pretty out there, but it's out there.

We went for a walk later, a sunbeam was painting one of the pointy rocks in Virgin.

The families are bringing in wood by the truckload.  We'll be closing up the RV soon to keep the smoke out.  I really and truly hope that the fire starters go home tomorrow so we can leave the windows open.  Last night was bad, tonight is going to be worse.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Trip to St. George

We were up and out early today to go see the Chevy dealer in St. George.  It started out as a bright sunny day.  Here you can see rocks in the early morning sun, looking lovely.

The oil leak was from a loose oil filter. They tightened it up, put oil in it and sent us on our way.  It cost us a breakfast out, so it wasn't too bad.  Afterwards we went to Walgreens to refill a couple of prescriptions and get flu shots.  After continuing coverage of how many people die of the flu, we decided to get it done sooner rather than later.

This sign is out in front of the Zion River RV Resort.  They are full!  The good news is that the children go back to school on Monday.  Yay!!

I think this says it all about the park this weekend.

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