Thanks to all from TA our recent family trip was a huge success
Flew from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas on a Wed PM, smooth process to rent a car from National and drove to Bills Gamblin Hall for the Night ( except for being noisy a great location in the middle of the strip and only 50bucks). Ate lunch at the World Carnival Buffet at Rio Hotel because I had seen it on the Travel Channel. Biggest buffet I have ever seen and the food was quite good for a buffet. Walked up and down the strip, rode roller coaster at NY,NY and Eiffel Tower at Paris, collapsed and used ear plugs to sleep.
Day2 Left LV for Bryce, was a very nice ride through Virgin River Gorge( stopped for pictures) Stopped in St George to visit Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm, we all enjoyed and was only 6.00 pp Arrived at Bryce later in day and checked in at the Best Western Grand hotel accross from Rubys Inn. Very nice new hotel with decent breakfast and nice big rooms. Very close to park entrance.
Day3 Woke up early to 27degree temps and very overcast. Went to visitor center to see exhibits and watched the 20 min video. Then drove into the park and stopped at quite a few of the observation points beautiful. Saw mule deer and a bunch of prairie dogs. In the PM rode horses at Red Rock Canyon through Rubys Inn. A very nice ride in a very beautiful setting even though the ride was in a snow/sleet/ice storm for about 30min Ate picnic lunch and drove back to the park to see more areas.Ate dinner at a small restaurant on rte 12 good pie, and to bed early
Day4 Up early and hiked Navajo/Queens Garden Loop trail into "canyon" This was a very pleasant hike but steep. From Bryce we then drove to Page Az Arrived at Page and had a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon with Chief Tsosie awesome place. Ate Mexican dinner and to bed at the Days Inn and Suites
Day5 Walked to Horseshoe Bend and after my wife fell and hit her cheek on a rock went down to the bend and spent 30min getting too close to the edge but enjoying the views ( wife was ok, put pressure on her bruise and was good to go. Since we stayed out of the ER it was a good day) We then went to the Lower Antelope Canyon. We just drove to it and paid the fee to Kens tour and our guide took us down. I must say the Lower was more fun than the upper but there are steps to take and it takes a little more effort. It was then off to the Dam Tour which from what I remembered not much different from the Hoover Dam glad we didnt spend the time at Hoover -Ate Chineese and since Page closes early, again to bed early
Day6 Today was our scheduled 5 hour kayak tour with Hidden Canyon Kayay Tour Co. They took us on a support boat to a quiet area of the Lake and we then kayaked to a slot canyon. Since the water was low we had to get out of the water and walk to the end of the slot. We ate lunch and then kayaked more. While we had a great time I think it would be even better later in the summer when the water would be higher. We had a vey good meal at Bonkers and yes, once again to bed early
Day7 From Page we drove to Zion. Since the construction had not begun we drove through the East entrance Stopped at CheckerBoard Messa and while there saw a herd of Big Horn Sheep by the road. Drove through the tunnel and the switchbacks to our hotel. After driving there I was glad the construction had not started ,would not have wanted to miss that part of Zion. We stayed at the Desert Pearl Inn for two nights and it was indeed a super place to stay. After checking in we went and hiked all three Emerald Pools. Dinner was at Oscars quite good
Day 8 This was our day to go up Angels Landing or at least past Walters? Wiggles to the lookout area. My daughter decided she had to go the rest of the way to the top, so she did. While we waited, we continued on the West Rim trail for 30 min or so. After a 2 hour wait she returned, frightened but glad she did it. Had I known someone fell to her death 3 weeks before we went Im not so sure I would have let my daughter go, even though she is 22!! Ate lunch at the lodge snack shop which was good. We then hiked the River Walk trail and Weeping Rock. We were so tired we ate sandwiches in our room. I must say Zion is a very people friendly park and the bus system is very simple to use.
Day 9 We went back into the park for some minor hiking and picture taking and then it was off to LV. We once again stayed at Bills Gambling Hall. We saw a show and walked around and gambled a little.Stayed up late this night because it was our last
Day 10 Left LV for 4PM flight home
Sorry for the length of this report, but to us everything we did was important and since so many people helped me plan this trip I wanted to share my memories with you.