Today is our last day in Utah. We pulled into Cedar City yesterday afternoon after spending the past two days at Kodachrome Basin State Park. We’ve visited Kodachrome several times over the past 30 years, and like everywhere else, changes have occurred. For one, reservations are now highly encouraged. We didn’t have one, but fortunately there were still a few sites available. We found one that wasn’t yet reserved for the next two days and got ourselves set up – we could only have the site for two days before we would have to find another if we wanted to stay longer without reservations. It’s really quite a nice campground. At $16 per night, a bit pricy, but the place is well maintained and quiet. All the sites have lots of trees, but they are pinion and juniper, so are low growing, allowing sun to reach the solar panels on the rig. Another change was that at the small visitor center, the rangers used to allow the public to use their Wifi. No more. There is no phone or TV reception here. While we were in the visitor center, we overheard a RVer having a borrowed land line conversation with a repair place somewhere about his refrigerator not cooling in gas mode. He was not happy.
We took a short 1.5 mile hike in the evening to Shakespeare’s Arch on the Sentinel trail. Last time here, we saw a number of huge birds we later found out were Condors. It was quite amazing – we had no idea they rousted here. Up close, they are actually kind of ugly. They are, after all, of the vulture family. But still quite amazing to see. They weren’t around this time, so we just hiked the trail enjoying the nice views, dramatic clouds and cooling air.
Next morning, we arose early to hike the 5 mile Panoramic trail. Early because the day heats up quickly and we prefer the nicer light of the morning hours. I thought we had done this hike before, but it seemed completely unfamiliar. The “Indian Cave” (not really indian) I didn’t remember being here, things I did remember that should have been here, were not. I may have gotten this place confused with somewhere else – over the 30 years we’ve been traveling, they begin to blur a bit. It is thought that the markings at “Indian Cave” were made by cowboys and not ancient indians. I suspected as much since there was absolutely no protection at the site. In fact, we stuck our own hands in the indentations. You could see fine sand spilling out as we rubbed our hands in the markings. This sandstone is really soft. Overall, the hike was disappointing. We zipped through the trail and were done by 10 AM. Oh well.
We hung out at the campsite, reading the rest of the day. Evening we took another short hike along part of the Angels View trail. This one gets us onto some of the formations that surround the park. Again, nice views in the low light.
Today we begin our dash to the west coast. Later today, we will be in Ely, Nevada. Tomorrow we will end up in the middle of nowhere at a large pull-out at “The Shoe Tree”, near Fallon Nevada. Hey, it’s free. Then to Auburn, CA, then home. It’s been another wonderful trip. At two months, a little shorter than desired, but I need to get ready for my photography show in Sacramento in June and I have tons to do before then. Once again we’ve met a bunch of terrific people along the way. We plan on being home till mid-August when we will set out again for our fall trip. Main destination for fall color – Colorado. Love to hear recommendations for times and places to be for peak viewing and possible meet-ups along the way. I will still be posting while home. Just probably not as often.