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Day 1-4 St. George, Utah

We are here in St. George, Utah, and have a wonderful group of people to join us on the Grand Circle Caravan Tour. Temple View RV Park is a FABULOUS park. It is actually my favorite out of all the RV parks we’ve been to. The amenities are endless, pool, not one but 3 pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, etc., etc., etc

We began our first day with a pancake breakfast.

Then on into orientation and a superb Western Buffet Dinner.

Before retiring for the evening, everyone had to get their bingo cards signed by 25 people for our Name Bingo games, which we’ll play along the way. It’s a great way to remember names and rig numbers.

We took the St. George Live City Tour, which included the Tabernacle built in 1863 and completed in 1871, the courthouse and Brigham Young’s Winter Home.

When we arrived in the courtroom, we found a mock court trial about ready to start. It was the case of the water thief. It seems that the town gets irrigation from a mountain spring which runs through the town in the street gutters. Each resident was allowed 4 hours a day about once a week to have the water irrigate his property. In order to do that, they had a manual system of routing the water to their property. It seems that the townspeople used to cheat (can you imagine that….) By placing a stone under the board, which routed the water, unless you looked closely at the curb, you might not realize that water was being taken illegally.

They said stealing water was worse than murder. The judge announced someone in our group was the accused. And 4 people were selected as the jury.

They were found guilty. I actually got a photo of them stealing water!

A visited the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm and Rosenbruch Foundation World Wildlife Museum was fantastic.

The Johnson Dinosaur track has a dinosaur raised print – there is only one other like it in America. It was found while the owner of the farm was digging on his property. It started out with just a tent like structure over the area and is now enclosed in a building with many dinosaur tracks that they found, along with eggs (Baby Louie is the most complete dinosaur hatchling ever found in a group of eggs) and fossils. It is the original discovery track-bearing surface and contains over 1000 tracks of all shape and sizes. For anyone who is into dinosaurs, they found tracks for Anomoepus, Grallator, Eubrontes, as well as some unidentified tracks. It’s hard to believe that dinosaurs were running around this area and even harder to believe that they were discovered in our lifetime!

The World Wildlife Museum is the 5th largest animal display in the world. Animals from all over the world are in real life poses. I like the way they laid the museum out, by country.

Our first “full” day of touring was to Zion National Park. We started out early ready for the “heat” of the day, only to find, it was a little chilly.

Driving through a little town, just before you get to the park, we found “regular” light bulbs hanging from wires, which are used a street lights. We understand they had to have street lights in order to get a post office in town.

It wasn’t until almost noon that it got warm. It was just as I remembered it—BEAUTIFUL!

After visiting Weeping Rock, Bill found hanging gardens AND became a tree hugger.

You will notice some of the tops of the formations are white, while the lower part are reddish. The color is due to “staining” from the minerals as the rains suck the minerals out of the sandstone.

Because the cliffs’ Navajo sandstone is porous, it acts as a vertical reservoir. Snowmelt percolates down through the sandstone. When it reaches an impermeable layer of siltstone, the moisture travels along cracks until it emerges from canyon walls, punctuating the cliffs with damp micro-habitats. Life concentrates in those green niches.

The switchbacks driving up to the tunnel were a little unnerving for some.

The tunnel was built in the 1930s when there were no RVs and wide loads. So today, it is a one way tunnel.

Checkerboard Mesa has lines in a checkerboard shape on the entire mountain.”

The horizontal lines represent layers of wind-blown sand that built up into sand dunes. These dunes were then buried and the sand grains glued together by calcite and iron oxide to form sandstone.

The vertical lines are less common. They are actually shallow cracks that result from stress and erosion along the rock surface. They are probably caused by expansion and contraction, temperature changes, wetting/drying, or a combination of these processes.

Arriving back to the campground, Sue, Linda and I fixed dinner for everyone. Of course the leftovers from our welcome dinner was a big help!

Our last day in St. George was a free day where we decided to visit Snow Canyon.

While driving through the canyon, we found remnants of the black lava.

We found the volcano just outside of the park.

We Love this area.

Our last night in St. George, Nicole, our wonderful campground “hostess,” provided a wonderful ice cream social – boy they spoiled us! Ending our day with “name” bingo and lots of prizes.

Tomorrow, on to Jacob Lake, Arizona.

Posted September 1, 2013 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel, Uncategorized

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