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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Yellowstone Trip - Home Again!

Above, Checkerboard Mesa at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We arrived home late this afternoon from Richfield, Utah. We took a route that would have us drive through Zion National Park.

The last time we were at Zion was in 2003 and already the National Park Service was restricting personal automobiles to some extent in the park. Today, one cannot drive to the Zion Lodge unless one has a "Red Permit", whatever that is. We were hoping to have breakfast at the Lodge, but we didn't have a stinkin' Red Permit. (I will delve into this later.)

Above, The Watchman at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We ended up having breakfast at the Pioneer Cafe in Springdale, which is a town outside of the entrance to Zion National Park. It was an enjoyable breakfast.

After our meal, we headed off to home.

The Beast (the motorhome) came through the trip in flying colors! It handled the winding roads beautifully. I am very pleased with it.

I enjoyed one benefit of being a member of the Good Sam Club: discounts at Flying J travel centers/truck stops. It shaved off three cents per gallon on the price of gasoline. Three cents may not sound like much, but when you have a vehicle that takes up to 55 gallons per fill-up, the savings add up!

Above, Amber in The Beast at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When we arrived in the Mojave Desert, we expected heavy winds. They didn't disappoint. But, we thought they'd end by the time we reached the San Fernando Valley. It was very windy and we had an occasional cloudburst. What gives? Screwy weather!

Anyway, it is nice to be back home. Tomorrow, The Beast will get a thorough cleaning!

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