Zion National Park is one of our favorite places and so beautiful in the spring. The park has a great shuttle system along the canyon drive. We loved getting on the shuttle just before dusk. We would get off at different stops and walk the road to the next stop to catch it again. No other vehicles are allowed on this road so it's very quiet. At the Big Bend stop it was amazing watching the climbers on the 2000-ft sandstone cliffs. Some would make it down before dark and those that didn't we'd see hanging there in their hammocks for the night. Unreal!
|Climbers in Zion|
We received word from Maggie that our Michigan friends, Joan and Phil Richardson, would be traveling to Zion. We enjoyed visiting both evenings they were there. Perfect timing.
|Our Michigan friends visiting Zion|
In 1981, we met Mike Schlins while at a laundromat in Sitka, AK. He took us fishing and hiking and we had a wonderful eight days there. We also reconnected with him a few other times when he came to the Midwest, and then we lost touch for about 20 years. I reconnected with him on Facebook about a year ago. He had moved to Glendale, Utah, about 35 miles from Zion. He and his wife, Rochelle, invited us to park our motorhome in the parking area next to their B & B, the historic SMITH HOTEL. It was so much fun and they even included us in on the breakfasts with their guests. What a great camping spot!
|Fishing with Mike in Sitka 1981|
|Mike and Rochelle at front entrance of the Smith Hotel B & B|
One noticeable fact as we travel in the Southwest is the water shortage. Demand is greater than supply and it's a big problem. We started hearing about this problem while at Lake Mead and then different people who live out here and how their allotments of water all work. AMERICA'S WATER CRISIS
Yet it doesn't seem to be just in the West. Isn't that what's going on in Florida? More and more aquifers are being drained because of the need for water and that's why there are more and more sinkholes. **
We decided to head back into Arizona where the temps looked warmer and give it more time to warm up in the Canyonlands, Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks our next destinations.
WHAT ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES?
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