Monday, June 25, 2012

Go West

If you’ve never been and you get the chance, I highly recommend that you go west. I’ve known about and have longed to see the Grand Canyon since I was a child. Neither of us had ever heard of Bryce Canyon or Zion until two years ago, when other RVers began to tell us we needed to visit these places. We’ve tried several times to get to there, but have always been rerouted for one reason or another. What an awesome answer to prayer when Trevor announced he was going to Seattle this summer! The Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion were all on the way! Trevor took a week off so we could spend a couple of days in each area. We had so much fun! Our first stop was the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, Arizona. We caught a Wild West show early in the morning on our way to catch the train that would take us to the Grand Canyon. Before we knew what was happening, Trevor was dragged into a poker game by outlaws and then accused of cheating! They were going to shoot him because of it, but while they allowed me one last photograph of Trevor alive, the Sheriff showed up and rescued him. It was a good thing too, because we needed to be on that train! We should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy to escape those guys. They must have escaped the Sheriff, because as the train pulled away from the depot, there they were, taunting Trevor on the side of the tracks! We did have a peaceful and enjoyable ride to the Grand Canyon, saw the magnificent, big, beautiful hole there, and caught the train back several hours later. Not long before we reached Williams again, I could see the outlaws hadn’t finished with us. This time, bandanas covered their faces as they boarded the train and proceeded to rob the passengers in each car. When they got to us, Trevor gave them what they wanted, and they finally left us alone. We left early the next day for Zion River Resort in Virgin, Utah. It’s a really nice resort, but we didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the amenities there. We explored instead, Zion National Park, another beautiful place with lots of big, beautiful rocks. We had a great time there during the day despite the high temperatures, and enjoyed evening visits with our friends, Jack and Mary whom we hadn’t seen in two years. It was sad to have to leave them, but we have high hopes of seeing them again before too long. On our way to Ruby’s Inn and RV Park in Bryce City, Utah, we passed through Red Canyon; another place we’d never heard of. Wow, were those rocks ever red. Nice area! Of all the places we visited on vacation, to me, Bryce Canyon was the most beautiful! I never imagined such a place existed! We spent a lot of time in this park. I found myself taking the same photographs over and over, just in case I happened to miss something! Such awesome and breathtaking views! The temperatures were much more comfortable at Bryce, so we were able to do a lot of hiking there. The Rim Trail is easy, with breathtaking views. If you want a slightly more challenging trail, try the Navajo Trail as well. You’ll get a different view of the canyon, because you actually walk down into it, and then back up again. Very nice, but very steep climb up! We’re usually pretty bummed when vacation’s over, but this time, I feel kind of fulfilled and we’re both really exhausted! You know what they say, can’t wait to get back to work so you can get some rest! That’s us. We have a couple of more stops to make on the way to Washington. A friend to visit at Lake Tahoe; another place I’ve longed to see, more visits with friends in Oregon and then our daughter and her husband will be meeting us for a weekend in Seattle. So looking forward to all of it! We love you guys! Take care! Love, Trevor & Roni