This leg of our trip has been the hottest. I know it is July, but goodness it has been HOT in the places we have visited. We started our trip out of Las Vegas with a visit to the Hoover Dam. That was incredible and a little nerve-racking. Next we traveled to our campsite just south of the Grand Canyon and made our way up to the South Rim the next day. We started off with a view from Mather Point, followed by a hike on the South Kaibab trail. The trail zig zagged down the canyon, and might have been the hardest workout I have had in a while. After our hike we started our journey towards our next campsite at Lake Powell. On the way, we stopped at Horseshoe Bend. It was a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike in the heat of the day. I have to say it was well worth the hike, however heat exhaustion almost took over after we were done.
This is where it gets interesting. Following the trials of Horseshoe Bend we decided to forego our next stop to Antelope Canyon and make the trip in the morning. While heading to our campsite, a battery indicator light showed up on our dash. We pulled over to a car wash on the side of the road and tired to figure out the situation. After checking out a few things with the RV we decided that we were close enough to our campsite to drive there and try to get someone out to look at it. When we were pulling out of the car wash I scraped the side of the RV just before the back wheel well. From here you can tell with the heat, the battery issues, and the damage to the RV, this was a rough day. Long story short the RV is ok, it will need some repairs, it needs a new alternator, and we don't like the heat.
After we were over the latest casualty in our trip, we went on to Zion National Park, and later to Bryce Canyon National Park. Both were amazing. In Zion we took a ride on the free shuttle and took a short hike in the park. After Zion we drove to our campground just outside Bryce Canyon. We stayed there for two nights and had a private half day tour of Bryce Canyon.
I highly recommend getting private tours when you go to the national parks. This was not our first private tour and they are the best for getting around the park as well as having a guide that knows the park well. Guides will take you to great spots, help you avoid the crowds, and even show you things that you would have never discovered on your own.
Currently we are in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are changing our pace a bit and exploring the city for the next two days.
CASUALTIES SO FAR:
Lost hat at a teepee campground in Jackson Hole.
Sewer cap for the RV lost somewhere on a Napa Valley road.
Sunglasses lost in Lake Tahoe waters.
Scraped the side of the RV :(
Numerous phone chargers somehow lost in the RV.
ZION NATIONAL PARK
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK