Southern Utah Adventure II

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”-John Muir

Cedar Breaks National Monument

There are many scenic spots in this monument. I was enjoying them and didn’t get any photos of them.(Sorry)  The photos above are all shots with my iphone. The leaves are starting to change here. The yellows, greens and some bright orange colors are showing. In our area of Southern California we didn’t see much color changes in the Fall. This is a treat for us.

I did find out how Cedar Breaks National Monument was named. The settlers mistook the Juniper trees in the lower level for Cedar. The “breaks” comes from the early settlers in the region, who called any terrain too steep for wagon travel “breaks” or “badlands.”

The canyons at Cedar Breaks National Monument are so colorful and big. Kevin and I hiked the Alpine Pond Trail. Its a 2-mile round trip hike. The trail was refreshing to hike. We only saw one person on the trail.

However, we did see several birds on the trail and a squirrel that ran up a tree with a nut. His nut fell to the ground. He made loud noises while running down the tree to find his nut. The squirrel was good entertainment.

Farmers Market in St George 

This Farmers Market is located in St George is on Saturday at 8 am. I saw at least 12 vendors at the farmers market. The vendors were friendly to us RV Texans. Then we noticed a rodeo parade by the farmers market.  It looked just like the local parades in California.  :)

New Veggie Experiment 

 I’m experimenting with a new veggie. The vendor called it patty pan or summer squash. It looks like a white flying saucer. lol  I sliced the patty pan then sauteed it in butter. It was excellent.

Geocaching 

Kevin found a geocache near our campground. He likes the Cachly app. I use the Geocaching app. They both are good apps to find a geocache. This geocache is near an old wagon trail. Kevin and I walking under this bridge (in picture) to find the geocache. It was thrilling. The moment of finding the cache is an awesome feeling. That was my big “high” for the day.

Our Campground Site

We camped at St George/KOA Campground using our rpi membership at $13.00 a night for 50 amp full hookups. The campground was quiet. It was a bit tight in some sites but ours was perfect. We had afternoon shade, no neighbors and a beautiful red mountain in front of us during the week. We also had satellite reception but intermittent cell service for at&t and verizon. Having minimum internet is tough on us. Kevin and I like to stay in touch with family & friends with social media.

Weekend at the Campground

The campground started to fill up Friday night. We no longer had plenty of room to relax outside but we had a good conversation with our neighbor. Good Conversation means a great deal to me especially if we are going to share a close camping area with another couple. This is a picture (down below) of our campsite before the weekend crowd.

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Overall, this campground was a good home base for us to explore the area during football season(satellite).

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are camping near Canyonland National Park and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

Bird Spotting

  • Victoria’s Warbler
  • Ruffed Grouse

National Park Stamps for Cedar Breaks National Monument

The photo challenge this week is your Quest. My quest is to achieve the 2016 Master Traveler Award Silver this year. Kevin and I need one more stamp in New Mexico to achieve this goal.

 

 

Southern Utah RV Adventures

Southern Utah RV Adventures

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Pipe Springs National Monument in Arizona

The Kaibab Paiutes Indian Tribe have a big voice at this National Monument. The exhibits in the visitor center are mostly centered around the indian presence in the area. The staff is friendly. The tour was informative. The Rangers are trying to make a working farm here just like the original Mormon inhabitants.  We were encouraged to pick fresh apples and grapes from the fields.

A spring runs through the area so this was a good place for pioneers to stop and rest. Mormon ranchers began settling near water sources in the 1860’s. The small hike at the National Monument has a great view of the area. I enjoyed the different colors of the landscape here. Its a nice change from Washington & Oregon’s greenery this Summer.

Zion National Park

Kevin and I rode the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava. We hiked the Riverwalk trail to the narrows. This is a 2-mile round trip hike. Its mostly a paved trail. We saw a hanging garden in the cliffs by the trail. The canyons in Zion are big, colorful and fun to hike.

After, exploring Zion we stopped at a produce stand. The stand didn’t have an employee inside. We had to insert payment into a wood insert. lol We bought some apples & pears here.

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are exploring Cedar Breaks National Monument, geocaching & visiting a farmer market in Utah.

National Stamp Places Kevin and I have visited

National Stamps for Pipe Springs National Monument & Zion National Park

Our World Tuesday Link UP

Golden Spike NHS & Volksmarching in Ogden, Utah

Golden Spike NHS & Volksmarching in Ogden, Utah

May God continue the unity of our Country as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world. -Engraved on the Golden Spike

The Golden Spike National Historic Site is in Northern Utah. This is where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad pulled up next to each other in May 10, 1869. This was the first transcontinental railroad. We now had a railroad ocean to ocean. After the golden spike was symbolically tapped a final iron spike was driven to connect the railroads. The original golden spike is on exhibit at the Stanford University Museum in Palo Alto California.

The original railroad tracks were taken apart and used for the war effort. We saw a replica at the site. On the auto tour we saw the Chinese Arch. This is a limestone formation named in recognition of the Chinese who worked on the transcontinental railroad. The historic site has a visitor center, film, exhibit, auto tour, short hike and many railroad items. Its an exciting place to visit.

Ogden River Parkway Volksmarch

This volksmarch was a walk along the Ogden river. This 10 kilometer walk was nice. The river was on our left most of the walk. I saw bikes, skateboarders, dog walkers, baby strollers and walkers on the path. I like seeing a town while on a volksmarch. Also, a Downy Woodpecker was making noise in a tree. This is a new bird for our bird life list.

 Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are going to explore Zion National Park & Pipe Spring National Monument in Utah.

3 National Historic Site Stamps at the Visitor Center

 

New Bird Life List

  • Downy Woodpecker

 

I was nominated for the Quote Challenge by Renea at lifemadeforliving. Thank you Renea.

RULES FOR THE QUOTE CHALLENGE

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days or 3 blog posts
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

I would like to nominate these bloggers for the quote challenge.

Christine & Her Camera

It’s All About Purple

Debbi’s Front Porch 

 

 

National Monuments in Nebraska

National Monuments in Nebraska

“There is some of the largest rattle snakes in this region I ever saw, being from 8 to 12 ft. long, and about as large as a man’s leg about the knee. This is no fiction at all.” -Amelia Hadley, July 19, 1851

Scotts Bluff National Monument

This monument is named after Hiram Scott an employee of the Ashley’s Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He is listed as a clerk that died at the Bluffs. There isn’t much information about him but this National Monument is named after him.🙂 Kevin and I walked part of the Oregon Trail thru Scotts Bluff. It was exciting to walk in the footsteps of the brave people who traveled through here.

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Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff

There are several National Park stamps at the visitor center here. We watched the 15 minute video and drove through the tunnels to the outlook. The view was beautiful. Scotts Bluff is a sandstone and siltstone formation. The Oregon trail, Mormon trail, Pony Express and the California Trail all traveled through Scotts Bluff. It was a busy place at one time. Today it was quiet.

 Agate Fossil National Monument

This is our first Fossil National Monument. We had a good breakfast at a local cafe called the Finishline Cafe. Kevin and I like to find local places to dine. We had a hard time finding this breakfast place. Its located behind Sandy’s Burrito Shop. The food is good and the locals are friendly. Then, we drove out to Agate Fossil Beds.

There is a 1/2 mile hike and a 2.7 mile round trip hike at the monument. We decided to see the visitor center then go on the 2.7 mile Fossil Hills Trails unfortunately the winds picked up. The wind made it impossible for us to hike the trail but we learned about fossil and enjoyed the visitor center movie.

Kevin and I are on a strict budge this month so we camped at the Scotts Bluff Fairgrounds. The fairground cost $15.00 a night for electric only. The surface is patchy grass. We did find a level site and could use our direct tv satellite for the Thursday night football game. A train comes by morning and night blowing its horn loudly. If you’re looking for a budget place to stay while you explore the national monuments and you don’t mind a few inconveniences this might be a good place for you. No frills campground alert! Loud train alert!

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are exploring Utah’s National Parks & Monument.

10 National Passport Stamps Collected in Nebraska.

I have been nomiated to participate in a three day quote challenge. I was nominated by Renae at lifemadeforliving.  Thank you, Renae for the nomination. I love quotes. They help me write down what I’m thinking or feeling.

RULES FOR THE QUOTE CHALLENGE

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days or 3 blog posts.
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

I would like to nominate these nominees for the challenge.

Lea’s menagerie

Explore Newness 

A Cooking pot and twisted tales

Volksmarching, Wildlife & RVing in South Dakota

Volksmarching, Wildlife & RVing in South Dakota

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field
and don’t notice.
                                                                                    – Alice Walker

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
                                                                      – Henry David Thoreau

Custer State Park in South Dakota
North Stockade Lake

Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in our nation. It’s also the home of  1,300 bison. Kevin and I camped at North Stockade Lake Campground in Custer State Park. We had electric, picnic table, fire pit and a nice view. The first morning we saw several turkeys walking around the campground.

We drove the Wildlife loop and saw the herd of bison.  A beautiful Pronghorn Antelope was grazing just above the hill from the bison herd. The bison herd had several calves. The calves looked so cute. The herd was spread out on two hills.

Hiking

Kevin and I went on a 10 kilometer hike in Custer State Park. The hike was called Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area. The hiking trail was well maintained. We crossed several wooden foot bridge on the walk. The wooden foot bridges consisted of a piece of wood laid across a stream. We did see some wildlife along the trail and spotted a new bird for our life list. The new bird for our life list is a Black-capped Chickadee. The Black-capped Chickadee flew in the trees along the trail. Its like Christmas day when we find a new bird for our life list.

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I will be traveling in Nebraska to explore Scotts Bluff National Monument & Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

Wildlife Spotting

  • Turkey
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Bison

Bird Life List

  • Black-capped Chickadee

Wildflower List

  • Tahoka Daisy (New Wildflower for life list)

 

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A week in South Dakota

A week in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 

Mount Rushmore inspires patriotism in many people who visit. Kevin and I arrived at 8:00 am to see Mount Rushmore. The crowds don’t descended on Rushmore this early in the morning. It was quiet. When I looked up at Mount Rushmore,  I felt a moment of awe at seeing the granite faces. The presidents ….George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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Mt Rushmore National Memorial

The sculpture isn’t finished. Congress shut off the funds. The sculpture was suppose to be full waist portraits of the president’s. Inside the Sculpture Studio is a model of the finished product. I didn’t get a picture of it. Sorry! The monument is free but there is a $11.00 parking fee.

I saw a sign in town with the words the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets with Nicholas Cage was filmed here at Mt Rushmore. I didn’t find a city of gold under Mt Rushmore (mentioned in the film) but Mt Rushmore did inspire me. We walked the President Trail, watched a film in the visitor center, saw how the faces were made and stood for one brief moment in awe of this sculpture and the men who made it.

Crazy Horse Memorial

We drove by the Crazy Horse Memorial. The memorial isn’t finished yet but I hope it gets done in our lifetime. When finished it will be the world’s largest mountain carving.

Jewel Cave National Monument

“The excitement of discovery, the elation and despair, The thrill of pushing forward to discover what is there;….”  Jan Conn, explorer

In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt established Jewel Cave as a National Monument. Kevin and I did the scenic tour inside the caves. Its a 1 hour 20 minute tour of the caves. The Jewel Cave National Monument hasn’t been fully explored. Inside the cave are places that no human has seen. Its exciting to think that some places are still unexplored in the world.

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Deadwood

Deadwood is known as the wildest, wickedest and wooliest town in the West. It was where Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down and where Calamity Jane claimed she could out drink, outswear and outspit any man.

We arrived in Deadwood on a labor day weekend.  I saw several casinos, stores and tours. We found a virtual geocache in the Mt Moriah Cemetery. There’s also a historic walk hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarch Club. The entire town of Deadwood is a Registered National Historic Landmark. We saw Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Janes burial site, had lunch and did the virtual geocache at the cemetery. It started to rain so we couldn’t do the historic volksmarch.

Wind Cave National Park

In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that established Wind Cave as the 7th National Park in America. Wind Cave National Park is the sixth  longest caves in the world. We saw Bison, Antelope & Prairie Dogs Here. Wind Cave has more than 100 miles of rare and unusual box work, frostwork and popcorn formations.

Hot Springs Volksmarch

This volksmarch is called the Historic Hot Springs Volksmarch. This is our first 10k. I loved it! We walk around the town of Hot Springs, South Dakota. The volksmarch took us through a few parks, the downtown area and so much more. This volksmarch is hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarching Association. They did a good job.

Rapid City Farmers Market 

This is a good size farmers market on Saturday morning. I saw veggies, fruits, soaps, honey, bread, bbq food, lamb and more. I bought a Woonsocket South Dakota Muskmelon. I usually stick with cantaloupe but I was feeling adventuresome. The vendor told me its ready to eat.

Happy RVing!

Wildlife Spotting

  • Bison
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Prairie Dog

 

Linked up with Photo Challenge – The Edge

Linked up with Our World Tuesday

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more
welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
                                                                                 – Helen Keller

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming
The first National Monument in America.
No Close Encounters here just….

Birding & Wildlife

We saw a Belted Kingfisher on a wire near our campsite. He would fly off to hunt for food sometimes. A Mountain Bluebird, American Robin and Brewer’s Blackbird were also at our site. On our walk we saw three white-tailed deer in the campground area. This American Red Squirrel made trills squeaks chatter at us during our volksmarch at Devils Tower.

Prairie Dogs

The black-tailed prairie dogs are so cute. They live in a 40 acres area near the campground in a place called prairie dog “town.” I had a good time watching them call out to each other for awhile then they just got to be annoying. They communicate with barks & yips. A few prairie dogs escaped prairie dog town. The escapees communicated a great deal when our yorkie was near them.🙂

Geocaching

There is a virtual geocache at the Devils Tower. A physical geocache isn’t allowed on National Park lands so a virtual cache is perfect. The geocache is on one of the hikes at Devils Tower. I did my best to find the exact gps coordinates. Now, we have a Wyoming geocache badge on our profile at the geocache.com website.

Volksmarching

There is a volksmarch here at Devils Tower. We did the 8 kilometer walk. The volksmarch is hosted by the Black Hills Volkssport Association. On the volksmarch we saw this balancing rock and a few brave rock climbers. The views on this volksmarch are beautfiul. The rock climbers are near the wooden ladder constructed in 1893. The first climber was William Rodger he climbed the devils tower using the wooden ladder and ran a American flag up a flagpole while thousand of people cheered him on.

Favorite Campground

We dry camped at Belle Fourche Campground. Our dry camping site is A-10. At the campsite we had a view of the sky and a sliver view of the devil tower. It was quiet at our campsite so I slept well here. I like our view. The campground has two loops A & B. The campground had a few campers when we pulled in Sunday at 12:00 but by late afternoon loop A was almost full.

What the Indians think of Devils Tower?

The South Lakota Indians consider the Devils Tower a sacred place. The Indians tie prayer cloth, prayer bundles or prayer ribbons to things throughout the tower. Its a quiet place for meditation.

I think its an incredible geological formation to experience. It was well worth our time to camp at this National Monument.

Happy RVing!

New Birds & Wildlife for us

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Belted Kingfisher

Our National Park & Monuments List

Three National Park Stamps at the Visitor Center

Happy RVing!

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