Post by thumbcatcher on May 17, 2019 21:10:47 GMT -5
For what ever reason I have never been out west traveling, Wife has been on me for a couple years now about going to the Grand Canyon. Finally gave in "glad I did" and we just got back after 10 days of traveling. If you have never been there I would highly recommend the travel. We flew into Vegas rented a car and ended up driving over a 1000 miles over 10 days.Only mistake we made was ending in Phoenix that place is worse than driving through Atlanta x10. But we made it. Nevada, Utah, Arizona So many National Parks out that way, Not sure your all interested but if you have a bucket list I would highly recommend. Zion National Park Bryce National Park Lake Powell Area Grand Canyon National Park We averaged 6 to 8 miles a day walking "not counting travel days" and enjoyed every step.
I could ramble on for hrs but just suggesting or if any of you all have been out that way and want to share your experience please do.
17 people a year die falling at the Grand Canyon a year on avg, you can google that I did. I can truly and honestly say I know why? The idiots that have to get out on the edge, of those straight sheer straight down walls for a photo opp . My Famous Line "You Can't Fix Stupid" applies.
Out next adventure maybe next year is Yellow Stone. Any advice on that trip be appreciated.
I did a similar thing last year. I’m headed out for the day but will continue this in a day or so. I had been out West before but the wife had not. The top two things I’d recommend is the Mt. St. Helens area ofWashington State (that volcano devastated that area) and Glacier National Park both breathtaking for different reasons. More Later!
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea... does that mean that one enjoys it?
We went out west when I was a kid in '72. Drove through montana, Idaho, through Yellowstone and down through southwestern states back to home. Beautiful country. The wife and I have discussed taking a trip out there again. I'm sure a few things might have changed since then. The one things that I remember most was all the hippies trying to thumb a ride to California. They were a strange critter I'd never seen before. 😁
Post by thumbcatcher on May 18, 2019 20:55:25 GMT -5
Pappy that made me laugh Hippie critters , I'll try and post some pictures tomorrow, We left Vegas and drove to Zion, and it was amazing as I had never seen a desert before, vast lands of plain nothing but little scrub bushes I guess sage brush , another thing that struck me as hard to believe was I never saw a bird of any kind, nota buzzard, no living creature zip. The only place we visited that was super hot was in Phoenix it was 101 when we got there. I expect there was critters that come out at night but until we drove for a few hrs we started noticing a little landscape change. Cactus types changed then a little green, it was something I have never experienced. Vast lands of nothing I guess I should add in Utah at Zion and Bryce we wore a jacket most mornings as it was cool and one morning a low of 3, but it would warm up to 70's in the afternoon.
I had my brother all worked up as he likes to Stripper fish. The lake we visited Lake Powell I could see a bunch of strippers just laying under the boat dock, I mean some nice ones. I ask a local guy and he said they have no size limit and no bag limit. He and a friend when they want a mess of fish they normally catch 50 to 75 a day. I did see one boat with 3 guys in it on a point and they were casting a white grub, they had at least 20 to 30 on a stringer out the boat. The lake is huge and deep.
I do have some neat pictures if you all want to see a few I'll try and get them on tomorrow. Been playing catch up since I been back, Mowing grass and trying to get a Dang garden in that is so wet don't know when will get plants in. Did get the rotavator in tonight, kinda wet but had to get it at least one pass over to keep the grass down.
One thing that I'll never forget. We were coming through New Mexico and drove through a very large prairie dog town. I'd never seen one before and they were everywhere. There were so many road killed that for probably a mile or more you saw very little blacktop. We literally were driving on flattened carcasses. You can imagine the smell of thousands of rotting prairie dogs cooking on the road.
Post by thumbcatcher on May 19, 2019 17:26:40 GMT -5
I'll try and show you the difference in areas We did see a few Elk in the Grand Canyon National Park and a few Mule deer in a couple areas.
The first picture was top of Bryce Canyon, elevation was around 7500 feet or more I believe 2nd one was also in Bryce Canyon and the 3rd one was the Grand Canyon near the Lodge.
I can honestly see why people want to hike the trails on the floor of the Grand Canyon I never did get that not sure I could do it any more but you could see people down there it was so far down and away they looked like ants walking.