June 17, 2018
When we left Page in Arizona, we still had two to two and a half hours, before we arrived at the resort east of Zion National Park. Southern Utah has the same landscape as Northern Arizona.
Kevin, the girls and I finally made it to our destination, the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, in the early evening. After we checked in, we went to our cabin to get our luggage in and have a sandwich for dinner. Sara wanted to go for a swim, so we’ve got her ready and walked down to the pool. While Kevin kept an eye on her, Katelynn and I walked around to check out the area. They have quite a bit of activities for children and teens at the resort. There’s ping-pong, wall climbing, mini golf, a pool … just to name a hand full of activities.
When Katelynn and I came back, Kevin went with Katelynn to the Recreation Center on the property. Katelynn went sip lining, and Kevin informed himself what we could do with the rest of the evening at the resort. He found out, that Zion Ponderosa has a Sunset Jeep Ride, which takes the guests up to a mountain. The area is hard to reach with a regular car. The best way to get up there is in a Jeep or with an ATV. I was definitely in for that. At 8 PM local time, we went with three Jeeps up to this mountain. On top of it, our guide/driver explained to us how this mountain range formed and that the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument doesn’t end in so-called park. It reaches all the way from Salt Lake City to the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Standing on that mountain, it can be seen perfectly as a staircase. It was very beautiful up there. We watched the sunset, while standing on the roof of Zion National Park. The guide showed us, where the Narrows begin in that valley in front of us. Looking on the other side of the hill, we could see our resort. Shortly after the sunset, we made our way back to Zion Ponderosa. Getting up was the easy part, getting down was a little more adventurous. The trail is much narrower. Sometimes we’ve got a little smack across the face from nature. 😀
Coming back, we walked to our cabin. Katelynn and Sara tumbled on top of the bunk bed, while Kevin and I enjoyed the view on the cabin’s porch. I’ve got my camera set up to capture several photos of the Milky Way. That Sunday night, I was too tired to get a perfect shot. But it was fun seeing so many stars in the sky.
… to be continued …
After the hail storm we had coming through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex last night, it is nice to see this beautiful sunset this evening. We were lucky, the hail was small compared to what came down in a couple of cities south of us. They had baseball-sized ice rocks coming down from the sky. Not even to mention, the damage this hail was producing. 😦 I checked both gardens. Our home garden looked like nothing even happened. The trees probably took the hit for it. In the Community Garden some of the taller plants hung down a little bit. They will recover from the storm. On a good note, the last few nights, we had thunderstorms rolling through. We needed the precious rain water.
Today, I spent most of the day doing some online research for our Summer vacation. This one is a little bit of both: planned and spontaneous. Kevin and I decided to take the kids to a few Utah National Parks, last weekend. When Kevin came home, we debated and planned a little more. And while Kevin booked a cabin, I went outside to capture some photos of this evening’s sunset. My brain began to hurt a little. And the best way to relax is to watch the Sun setting. Now, we are all excited and look forward to hike some trails at the canyons of Utah. 🌄
Kevin was bringing home Chinese Food for dinner. I had some chores to do around the house, didn’t feel like cooking and had the taste for Chinese cuisine, tonight. After we ate, the girls had to clean up the dishes, and sweep the floors.
In the meantime, Kevin and I could talk over a beer on the deck in the backyard. We watched Mrs. Rabbit nibbling on fresh green dandelion leaves; a hummingbird came over and looked for some delicious nectar; and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, before we went back inside to see how far the girls came along with their chores. Katelynn and Sara were done and could go to have fun. Katelynn decided to draw another dinosaur, while Sara rode her bike to a friends house. Sometimes it is nice, when the house is quiet. 😉
The last couple of days, we made it barely into the 60s (16ºC). But today, we were back to nice 80ºF (27ºC). Tomorrow supposed to be even a little bit warmer. And Mother Nature rewarded us with another beautiful sunset, in North Texas this evening.
After a very windy April day, and a hail storm, we were rewarded with this beautiful sunset.