Sunday, October 13, 2019

Zion National Park, Day 1 - Rendezvous with with Martha's cousin and his wife.

We broke camp pretty early at the St. George, NV lotdocking site and after tanking up we drove to Snow Canyon to peruse the sights there.

We spent most of the time at Jenny's Canyon, but the light wasn't right for good pics of the slot canyon that is Jenny's Canyon:

 Martha in the slot canyon that is Jenny's Canyon
as Martha put it, Jenny's Lady Parts.....sigh

The rest of the state park we just drove through on the main road and we then headed towards Hurrican, UT to do some shopping.  Trouble is, we found most of the stores we needed to get something from were closed in Utah.  So, after just getting more groceries (no booze as its Sunday) we then went to Zion National Park's South Campground to check in.

We met up (as previously planned) with John and Renee G from Elizabeth, CO at the campground.  John and Martha are cousins and we'd been looking forward to glamping with them.  They're also RV'ers and have covered 18 states in the last six months!

After respectively setting up camp, I checked out John's setup to flat tow a Jeep Wrangler behind his Class C Minnie Winnie aka the Gullibago.  John's got a nice setup and it seems simple enough.  More on this later I think but I could see a Jeep being flat towed behind Uma, our own RV sometime in the future!

We four then took the shuttle bus into the town of Springdale just outside the park to check out a tavern but weird rules dictated one couldn't just order a drink; one also had to have something to eat with it and you couldn't order a second drink without consuming the first one!  So no "shot and a beer" in this town!  Weird huh?

We gave up after checking a couple of places and instead returned to near the park where there was a Brew Pub.  Had us a couple of pitchers of Hefe Weissen beer and let the afternoon run out and the golden hour begin.

As the sun drew further down in the sky, it illuminated the nearby rock formations and peaks quite nicely as we walked back to camp:

 The Watchman on the left and Johnson Mtn on the right,
from the State Road 9 street that is the main drag for Springdale

 Martha and Renee
At the brew pub with The Watchman in the far background

 Near the visitor center on their way back to the campground

 The view from our campground sites.
The Gullibago is the one to the left of Umarang

We spend the rest of the evening talking, swapping stories and perhaps having a few drinks till almost 10 PM!  Lots of fun to be had when the cousins get together apparently.

More Zion NP stuff to follow tomorrow; the Machidas will be joining us in the morning.


SonjaM said...

Lady parts... Martha is hilarious!

Utah's drinking laws seem as funny as the laws in Idaho. All the paranoia about the abuse of alcohol seems odd.

redlegsrides said...

Indeed SonjaM, strange laws/ previous exposure to Utah drinking rules had been Moab and I hadn’t gone to an establishment just to get a beer....oh well. As to Martha, yep she sometimes has the mind of a 13 year old boy.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Really enjoying all of this high desert; very nice place to be right now.

Diamond Dave said...

TEN pm!! You crazy partying guys!!!

redlegsrides said...

Quiet hours rule starts at 10 pm.....I can’t stay up all hours like you!

Spat said...

Keep it up Dom you may convince me to add a glamping vehicle yet. Have fun, having fun following you.

redlegsrides said...

There’s no going back John, to tent camping

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Coop for the comment, sorry for the late reply and publishing of said comment....missed it the first time around.