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Day 3--Out of Utah

We packed up and again hit the Mean Bean for breakfast to go, and headed out the South entrance from Zion. I had put together some of the information I'd found about the location of one of the more easily-accessible petroglyphs, and we went hunting.

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If I can find it, so can you! We'll definitely return some day to find some others.

We stopped at Observation Point on Route 9, and took the steep trail up. Beautiful views down into the canyon. Marta, the flower shot is for you.

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Past Checkerboard Mesa is the Zion Ranch, where there's a herd of buffalo. And Buffalo jerky, for those who partake.

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Headed south toward Kanab. We saw a sign for Pink Sands State Park, and figured we'd take a look. Yes, it's a few acres of pink sand dunes. We took the 1/2 mile walk through the dunes, lots of fun.

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In Kanab, we followed a guidebook recommendation for an "authentic" Mexican place. Big mistake, unless authentic means dumping Kraft shredded cheddar all over everything, and no chili to speak of in the sauces. Ah well, at least it was cheap. Avoid Escolante's in Kanab.

The drive was interesting, with first the huge red mesas alongside the road, which gradually turned white after we descended near Marble Canyon.

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We eventually glimpsed Lake Powell before Page, stunning with the blue of the lake against the pink of the rocks and snow-topped Mount Navajo looming in the background.

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We went into the state park near the lake, and saw the houseboats for rent. One of Larry's future "to do's" is to rent a houseboat to meander through Lake Powell, and I decided I can get into this as well. The lake is huge, a long crescent with lots of little coves.

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We drove across the dam at the Colorado, and took a trail down to the river overlook.

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Then back into the car, and the long trudge across the Navajo nation toward Cameron, and then into the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon. We had a nice long walk on the Rim Trail. We picked up sandwiches, and ate perched at the Rim as the sun came down. Yavatapi Lodge was basic but fine for an overnight.

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Comments (6)

colleen:

Killer pix! Can only imagine sunset on (over?) the Grand Canyon ...

Terry (teaberry):

Lovely following your adventures. Great photos, too. What a beautiful part of our country, huh?

Beautiful. Spring is definitely the time to be in the SW. Loved the picture of the wildflowers - Indian Paintbrush.

Great pictures, Amy!

Hi Amy,

I just started reading about your trip! Wonderful photos and descriptions.

I will certainly be following along and traveling with you vicariously as you are now in my home state! (AZ)

I really need to visit Bryce, it looks stunning.

Beautiful photos. The Indian Paintbrush is one of my favorite flowers. I have a photo of a few of these flowers on my wall.

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