Lost my Holland neighbors

Luc and Teunie left today. They are great folks and I will miss visiting with them. They have a fairly strict itinerary to fill their four weeks in the U.S.

Luc asked that I email my blog URL to him. Of course he will have no opportunity to browse it until they arrive back in the Netherlands. So I will do it today before I loose the address. Let’s see, do I have anything I should edit?

Yesterday I encountered another German lady that wanted to pet Annie T. Dog. It seems that her dog died at 17 years about eight months ago. Could it be that Germans take vacations (holidays) only after their dog has died and they no longer have to stay home, or at least Europe-side, to care for it?

No, I don’t think that two is large enough a sample size to draw a conclusion. I will wait until I have three such requests to publish my findings. That should meet government standards.

Today is a beautiful sunny morning. But the nights are chilllllly. Since it will take at least one overnight stop to get home I should be leaving soon. But the fact is I do not want to go home! And I don’t want to confront the DMV!

Tags: Bryce Canyon NP

Rounding off this day

Yesterday eve I met the Netherland couple parked right in front of me. They were trying to start a fire with no luck. I used wood that I had and started a fire for them to grill over. We had a nice chat about everything from travel to politics.

This afternoon they took me up on an offer to let them send email and a couple pictures to their family and friends in Europe. They were so very happy though they initially declined because they did not want to intrude.

Luc and Teunie were very nice folks. They invited me over today for tea and a desert, though I opted for coffee instead. Luc is called “Luke” and Teunie I called “Tony” because my tongue did not want to wrap around their native pronunciation, though it was similar to “Tony”.

Below are a couple of pics that I took for them to attach to their homeward bound emails. This was the first contact they have had with their friends and relatives since arriving in the U.S. two weeks ago.

Tags: Bryce Canyon NP

Arrival: Camp Bryce – Bryce Canyon national Park (aka Hoodoo Land)

I actually arrived at Bryce on June 3. However, Barth positional difficulties and a busy schedule dictated that I wait until today to post said arrival.

Campsite in North CG, loop B is certainly less than spacious. But if ones interest lies outside the place of sleep, then it is certainly acceptable at a Golden Age cost of $7.50 per night. But you had better rush out to take advantage of such passes, as Obama will definitely take care of that shortly. “No increased taxes on the middle class means “raise the cost everything else, plus new taxes.”

Garry steps off of the soapbox.

Here and at Zion I visited with family. Not having kids or wife I encountered chaos the like of which I have never endured. And I must say, I did so with more than my average level of patience. It was great to see the relatives that I had not seen for 18 months or so. The quickly growing small ones as well as the quickly aging grown-ups.

More pics to follow of Bryce Hoodoodom.

Tags: arrivals, Bryce Canyon NP

A short comparison of the Utah National Parks

I visited Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks in Utah. These are outstanding and astounding parks, similar but different.

I did not visit Lake Mead, Red Canyon, Canyon Lands or Arches on this visit to Utah. I have previously visited Arches and parts of Canyon Lands. Perhaps another day. There are may similarities to the red parks and one can be overexposed to red rock!

There are many foreign tourists on this circuit, and many of them are in rental RVs. Someone is doing a good job advertising in Germany and Europe on behalf of Utah, especially RV rentals. Most are very polite and friendly, except for one that insisted on driving his large rented class C moho into a viewpoint parking lot clearly marked “no RVs” and then proceeded to park parallel, blocking all handicapped spaces, a pet peeve of mine. So I was compelled to advise him of his compounded mistakes. And would do so again.

But back to the comparison. All have red rock, but of a different character. All have nice and reasonably priced dry no-hookup camp grounds, and are supported by nearby commercial campgrounds that have full hookups for RV.

I think the largest difference is the availability of commercial tourist amenities nearby, or otherwise stated, restaurants, shopping and non-RV lodging nearby. Since I am a Rver I see mostly the RV point of view.

If a family visits these parks, looking for upscale and trendy food, lodging, entrainment and shopping then the following comments are somewhat a guide. But make no mistake about it: All three offer outstanding views of geological features!

Zion

Town just outside entrance

Free shuttle through park

Free shuttle in town

Restaurants

Entertainment

Lodging (non-RV)

Shopping

Bryce

Ruby’s just outside entrance (a single all-service entity)

Free shuttle between park and Ruby’s

Free shuttle through a portion of the park

For-fee shuttle through remainder of park

Lodging (non-RV) only at Ruby’s

Shopping only at Ruby’s

No discernible entertainment

Capitol Reef

Very small town of Torrey 15 miles distant

No public transportation

Lodging (non-RV) very limited (motel at Torrey)

Shopping only at small gift shops in park, quick-markets in Torrey

No discernible entertainment (except for Park Ranger sponsored programs

Arches (from memory three years past)

Full service town nearby

No public park transportation

Restaurants

Entertainment

Lodging (non-RV)

Shopping

Tags: Bryce Canyon NP, Capitol Reef NP, Utah, Zion NP