Sunday, November 18, 2007



Short doggy walk this morning because it was moving day. As mentioned before, this is a really clean & well organized KOA here in Cannonville. Marsha, the KOA lady knows the area well & is a hiker herself. She is the one who gave us the tip about those beautiful slot canyons. For anyone traveling in the area, this is a good spot, especially in the off season.

Finally got ourselves organized enough to hit the road about 11:30. Had been talking to our fellow Canadian neighbors in the 5th wheel beside us & they are heading for Zion as well this morning so we agreed to meet up at the park gates later because we were actually leaving before them. The drive to the Zion area was uneventful but we did enjoy the scenery & I did notice we lost a fair bit of altitude by the time we got further southwest down into Utah. Met up with our new friends Mike & Maureen just outside the gates of Zion & we proceeded to the main gate only to find out that we would have to unhook the car to do the drive through the tunnels & make our way around the many switchbacks. No problem, so we un-hooked the car but Mike & Maureen were turned back because their truck & fifth wheel were to long to negotiate the curves. We hadn't known that they don't allow anything over 50 feet long to enter at the East entrance. Park ranger at the gate said they had a rig go over the edge on one of the switchbacks:(( We held a hasty conference & all decided to go back 11 miles to Mt. Carmel where we found a deserted looking RV campground beside the road. At least we had water, electricity, & sewer hook-ups. TV reception was poor but we were able to pick up an internet signal from a motel across the road. Not the nicest RV park we've been in but it would have to do while we did some day trips into Zion over the next couple of days. We hadn't eaten all day so the 4 of us walked across the road to the Thunderbird restaurant & had some burgs & fries. Mike & Maureen & their dog Molly are parked in a spot ahead of us & over a bit. Nice folks who are full timers. I shall refer to them as M & M in the future. In one of the photos I took this morning at the KOA in Cannonville you can see their rig on the right side of the picture & our rig on the far left. The KOA office is in the right foreground.........

I hope the noise of the traffic outside goes away soon. We have been sooooooooo spoiled by nice quiet campgrounds lately..............

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