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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, September 29, 2014

Made it to Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground

Yesterday we continued down I-15 and made it out the other side of the Salt Lake City/Provo Urban area.  It sure did seem like that took a lot of time to finally get back to some open territory.  We spent the night at Wagons West Campground in Fillmore, Utah.  It’s Passport America with full hookups, good Wi-Fi, and 100’ long pull-throughs for $20.  Much better than a couple of places we have stayed on this trip.

This morning we only had 138 miles to go to get to Ruby’s Inn just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park.  Rates are pretty high here, but by making a reservation in advance, I got a good discount for this time of the year.  You pay full price for the first night, but subsequent nights are 30% off.  You have to call in and ask for the Fall Special to get that rate.  We will be here for four nights.  I stayed here in the spring of 2008, but wasn’t savvy enough at that time to check their website for specials.

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Since we got here shortly after noon, we had time to make the main drive up to Rainbow Point.  We thought it would be nice and sunny, but as you can see, a huge storm cloud headed towards us and shrouded the drive.

IMG_8680We were able to spot a small group of pronghorns in a meadow on the way up.  They were out enjoying the sun before the clouds moved in.

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The one male sat apart from the females.  The same cold front and rain that plagued us in Ogden, has dropped temps here as well.  The forecast for tonight is a chilly 33*.

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With the clouds, a bit of rain, and even some sputtering of hail it wasn’t ideal for photos.  We will come back later in the week when it is supposed to be sunny.

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                                In the meantime, I’ll include a few photos from this afternoon’s drive.

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                                 We are using Ruby’s Inn as a base to visit other places in the vicinity.

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Tomorrow, we will pack a lunch and head for Zion National Park.  It will be a long day.  All of the places we will visit this week most certainly deserve longer stays, but that just isn’t in the cards this trip.

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Ravens are one of the smartest birds around, and it’s sure obvious in our National Parks.  In warm weather they pluck smacked bugs out of people’s radiators at the pull outs.  In cooler weather, they just fly up and beg for unhealthy snacks from tourists.  This raven was very successful getting lots of stuff from two guys from Germany.

I sure hope the weather guessers are correct for the next few days.  If they are, we will have a grand time of it.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

26 comments:

  1. Lovely shots. Can't wait for your upcoming posts.

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  2. I heat both Bryce and Zion are just amazing places to visit. Even with the clouds the pictures are great.

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  3. Nice to see you in the great South-West. Been to Ruby's a couple times & like those old heavy wood Pioneer type buildings & lodges. I once watched a Raven in Yellowstone Park load up his bill with popcorn before flying off. Most other birds would have picked up one piece & took off. Thought to myself, now there's a smart bird using his noggin. Hope to see you this winter. Maybe your travels will bring you up around Congress way or we may catch you on the road somewhere.

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  4. All those parks are just amazing. Was there a few years ago, but want to visit again. Can't get enough of their beauty. If there's a heaven I hope it looks like Bryce!!!!!

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  5. Bryce is one of my favorite places! Enjoy!

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  6. We always stay at Wagons West when we come through that way. Great park. Fingers crossed for sunshine because you are in some of the most beautiful country ever.

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  7. As we enjoy our hikes thru the forests of Georgia, I am at the same time looking forward to our trip tp that area next spring.

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  8. We loved Bryce Canyon. The colors with our without the sun are gorgeous. And what a bonus to see pronghorns. We missed that treat.

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  9. And isn't the Canyon on the way to Bryce beautiful? I'm glad you're enjoying your visit.

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  10. Beautiful colors! Those rock formations are fantastic.... Hope the weather cooperates with your plans.

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  11. Here's hoping the sun comes out for you--I love Bryce Canyon! You are such a good sister showing Kurt all the sights! Wagons West was our literal port in a storm one time when we were heading south--it was snowing so incredibly hard Michael could not see the road and we just decided to exit at Filmore--we were so pleased to see a RV park open and it did have great sites. It snowed 8 inches that night !

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  12. I'm still hopin to get to those southwest national parks one of these days.

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  13. Bryce is one of our favorite National Parks. We are headed back there in 2015. Thanks for the tip on the on line specials. Hope we can use one. We usually travel without any reservations. Travel safe.

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  14. Wow, you guys are really moving fast! Great photos of Bryce Canyon. We probably won't make it there but we'll soon be in Cap Reef and Zion. Gotta love southern Utah!

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  15. Beautiful photos of Bryce Canyon.........hope you get some sunshine for Zion.

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  16. really love the shot of the canyon with the storm so obviously moving in. . .just beautiful!

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  17. Your trip is wonderful, and I am wondering about the Ruby's Inn campground, because I always went into the Park campground instead. I'm glad you got a discount!

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  18. We enjoyed both Bryce and Zion and the Red Rock Canyon area between the two national parks. We stayed near Zion and visited Bryce for a day, which was not long enough.

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  19. Those photos are not too bad. Hope you enjoy Zion.

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  20. It is so pretty there, thanks for sharing the photos:)

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  21. We liked Bryce better than Zion...I guess it was all those hoodoos!!!

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  22. You got wonderful photos of Bryce. Be sure to go below the rim at least once. The Queens Garden Trail is probably the easiest (we volunteered there for 3 months several years ago.) Kodachrome State Park south near the Arizona border is small but beautiful. Red Canyon just a few miles west of Bryce is beautiful.

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  23. Your pictures are gorgeous. I lovelovelove Bryce. I know exactly what you mean about places deserving more time that you just don't have. But at least you get to see some of it and that is definitely better than none. Glad you found a good PPA park, they can be quite variable. Seems we are thinking alike here. My last post had a raven in it too. I get a kick out of them.

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  24. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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