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.
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.
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*.
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.
In the meantime, I’ll include a few photos from this afternoon’s drive.
We are using Ruby’s Inn as a base to visit other places in the vicinity.
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.
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