Sunday, April 26, 2009
There was a lightning strike right on top of us and it knocked the gas pumps out at the gas station. They still didn't have them fixed by the time we left the next morning. While we were there we started thinking about the cost of fuel and concluded that, with the cost of exchange, the price of diesel fuel in Canada was just about the same as the U.S. Last year there was a benefit to us while we were in the states as our dollar was closer to par so the cheaper (relatively) fuel there did save us some money.
Today we travelled to Fifty Point Campground. It only took about an hour and a half. What a treat after the last few days. Our mileage since getting past the Rockies has been very good, about 9.5 miles per gallon. For a 40 foot diesel pusher that's not bad.
We'll stay here now until Tuesday when we have an appointment at Sicard RV to get some work done. Then, if all goes well, it's off to Ottawa. Perhaps we will be there by Wednesday? Who knows.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
On Monday we travelled from St. George (we were sad to leave such a beautiful place) to Salt Lake City. We went from about 4300 feet elevation to over 7000 feet by the time we reached SLC. As a result our gas mileage was only about 6 1/2 miles per gallon. But the views were great, as usual, and we have some pictures as proof:-)
Still in the valley out of St. George
Starting to see some snow up high
Up in the high country
our rig with mountains as a backdrop
After we left Salt Lake City we travelled about 450 miles a day. Our first stop was Rock Springs, Wyoming. We stayed at a Flying J Travel Centre that night. No problem but trucks with motors running make for poor sleeping arrangements. On the way to Rock Springs we reached elevations over 10,000 feet before starting to drop down out of the Rocky Mountains.This is a picture from the high country
We stopped at North Platte, Nebraska on Wednesday and stayed at a RV campground there. Not much to report - just a long day on the road. On Thursday we stopped at Newton, Iowa at a campground there (Rolling Acres Campground). After checking in we heard someone welcoming us Canadians to the park. We thought it was just someone else from Canada but it turned out to be Don and Lola Teater from our winter park in Apache Junction. What a coincidence! They are working there for the summer. We visited with them for a bit and got caught up on each others' news. It was great to see them. It is just amazing how often you can run across people you know in this life style.Yesterday we stopped at Holland, Michigan. That is definitely a place we'd like to visit again. Lots of Dutch history and it seems to be a vacation paradise. We had to pass just south of Chicago. That was very stressful. Traffic was very busy and there were loads of trucks on the road. We needed a rest break after passing through that area. Looks busy, doesn't it?We made it all the way to Canada today. We are spending the evening at a Flying J in London, Ontario. It is very windy and a storm is just about upon us. So I'll get this posted before we lose our signal.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
We headed back home at 4:00 and did our laundry for the week and had another light supper. Tomorrow we'll be heading to Salt Lake City, a distance of about 300 miles, where we hope to get our satellite dish repaired. I think we'd better set the alarm clock :-)
St. George has been a neat town to visit; it seems quite affluent and there don't seem to be many houses for sale - not like in other cities we've visited. There is lots to do here and in the surrounding area. We would like to come back this way again and take more time to explore the area, particularly the National Parks nearby.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
After perusing the information sheets and assessing the hiking possibilities for hikes we thought we could do, we decided on Angel's Landing - a strenuous hike, about 5 miles round trip and 4 hours walking time. We weren't too sure about it, especially when the writeup indicated: 'long drop-offs and narrow trail, and not for anyone fearful of heights. At any rate we decided to try it and go as far as we could. The elevation change was listed as 1488 feet.
The trail up to the Scout Lookout was wide and easy to walk up, but it was very steep and had many switch backs. When we got to the top of the first ridge we had a look at the next part, which was about .5 miles long and decided that was enough for us. There were a lot of people on this hike - some continued on but many decided as we did and made that their turnaround spot.
Looking back on the trail from part way up the mountain.
By the time we'd done all this it was almost 4:00 and we had to head back home for supper. There's a grocery store close to the campground so we headed over to buy some items for supper and called it a day.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Underneath a waterfall on the way to the Emerald Pools
We went on two moderate hikes on this trip. We are planning on going back tomorrow and trying a harder hike - Angels Landing. It is 5 miles roundtrip and takes about 4 hours.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We spent last night at Sam's Town RV Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a fairly windy day and the road had lots of elevation changes so I'm sure we didn't get great mileage. It was about 6:30 when we arrived. It's a good thing we got into town when we did as it got dark quickly after that. I don't like having to set up in a strange park at night. As it was it was too late to make supper in the rig so we visited the Casino next door and had supper there.
Today we only travelled 120 miles but we went through some pretty country. We passed through Virgin River Canyon as we travelled through Nevada, Arizona and Utah in about a 30 mile stretch. The Canyon was a remarkable combination of nature and engineering skill.
Really, this seems like a bit of a downer but we are actually pretty pleased how everything has worked out. We are about 30 miles from Zion National Park and expect to visit it at least two of the next four days. We had hoped to visit parts of Utah this winter and decided we couldn't afford it. Well, here we are! Also, there are great bike trails in St. George and we'll likely try those out as well. Every cloud has a silver lining :-)
This is a picture of the highway between Las Vegas, Nevada as we were heading towards St. George. There was some pretty extreme weather around Salt Lake City and this was the southern edge of that system.
Monday, April 6, 2009
standing among typical Arizona desert vegetation
A motley crew (n'est-ce, pas?)