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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/16 20:52:45 (permalink)


Here is the end of Day 8 (Page and Lake Powell.

Day 8 continued

Our dinner review is added late, minus the photos. We ate at a place recommend by our motel folks and a couple of guests with whom we shared Pool time. I had the camera set for the bright outdoors and didn’t adjust it for the interior shots. As a result the photos were pretty bad. Oh well, It wasn’t that big a deal. Janet had an Ortega Chicken Sandwich w/ Onion Rings and a local Beer. I opted for a 10oz ‘Porterhouse Pork Chop’ with Garlic Mashed Potato and a pretty good veggie medley. The presentation of the food was excellent…It looked really good! HOWEVER, all is not always as it appears. A Porterhouse cut, be it beef or pork is a LOIN cut. There should be a ‘strip side’ and a ‘filet side’ with the ‘T-Bone’ dividing the two sections. What I was served was a large Rib Chop. It was about an inch thick, and really looked great in its chipotle marinade, so I let the descriptor of Porterhouse slide… Another bad move. This hog died a nervetightening death on the way to my dinner plate. I have never had a Pork Chop that would not yield to a heavy steak knife (ok the thin ones can be fried so hard they break when you try to cut them). I really had a difficult time cutting this guy into small pieces. It was NOT over cooked, it was TOUGH.
The sides and soup were ok, but we will not return to The Dam Bar & Grill in Page AZ and suggest that if you visit Lake Powell, you may want to pass this place by as well.

We lazed away the rest of the evening poolside and playing with the pooches. So ends our two day R & R in Page,AZ…a nice little town with a lot of water recreation all around.

DAY 9

Now we are in Kanab Utah. We had planned to stay at the North Rim tonight and try some sunrise photos tomorrow, but the spring monsoon (literally) was causing problems with some rain coming in tonight and a definite overcrowding in the campgrounds in the Park. So we headed for Kanab a day early. Tomorrow we will head west thru Zion to Springvale, Utah to get some 'Bumbleberry Pie' and shoot some photos of the 'Polygamists' in Colorado City...near Zion Park. Just a cultural curiosity for us we aren't planning anything revolutionary!

Today we left Page at 6 AM stopped at Lee's Ferry for photos and dog walks, then headed past Jacobs Lake to the North Rim. Lots of deer near the road since the place just opened for the season yesterday(5/15).


While it wasn't as crowded as the South Rim usually is, there were tour buses and rental cars everywhere. We visited all the major overlooks with raindrops cause some concern in a couple of places. Later in the morning the sun peaked thru and we got some nice Photos.



Even the dogs got excited about that huge hole in the ground!!



Right now there is a big thunder-boomer near the canyon causing some flash-flooding. While I love adventures, it is time to enjoy the motel and do my home work. I will add the photos tomorrow if possible.
So ends DAY 9. We are having a great time! Love to all from the Pups.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/16 21:18:38 (permalink)
Al, I'm warning you! If you come back with any more wives, I will be a witness at Janet's court hearing.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/16 21:24:46 (permalink)

Not now...Not ever.....as she reads over my shoulder !! This one is all I can wish for!
But watching the school busload of kids unload in the afternoon at ONE house with three "Mom's" there to greet them is an unusal scene to see.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/16 21:40:04 (permalink)
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Thanks Paul.. It is not fixes but I managed to back-door my way into AOL using MSN. I won't do the photos from today ( we shot 151 at the Grand Canyon)...have a lot of editing to do before posting.

Here is the end of Day 8 (Page and Lake Powell.

Day 8 continued

Our dinner review is added late, minus the photos. We ate at a place recommend by our motel folks and a couple of guests with whom we shared Pool time. I had the camera set for the bright outdoors and didn’t adjust it for the interior shots. As a result the photos were pretty bad. Oh well, It wasn’t that big a deal. Janet had an Ortega Chicken Sandwich w/ Onion Rings and a local Beer. I opted for a 10oz ‘Porterhouse Pork Chop’ with Garlic Mashed Potato and a pretty good veggie medley. The presentation of the food was excellent…It looked really good! HOWEVER, all is not always as it appears. A Porterhouse cut, be it beef or pork is a LOIN cut. There should be a ‘strip side’ and a ‘filet side’ with the ‘T-Bone’ dividing the two sections. What I was served was a large Rib Chop. It was about an inch thick, and really looked great in its chipotle marinade, so I let the descriptor of Porterhouse slide… Another bad move. This hog died a nervetightening death on the way to my dinner plate. I have never had a Pork Chop that would not yield to a heavy steak knife (ok the thin ones can be fried so hard they break when you try to cut them). I really had a difficult time cutting this guy into small pieces. It was NOT over cooked, it was TOUGH.
The sides and soup were ok, but we will not return to The Dam Bar & Grill in Page AZ and suggest that if you visit Lake Powell, you may want to pass this place by as well.

We lazed away the rest of the evening poolside and playing with the pooches. So ends our two day R & R in Page,AZ…a nice little town with a lot of water recreation all around.

Now we are in Kanab Utah. we had planned to stay at the North Rim tonight and try some sunrise photos tomorrow, but the spring monsoon (literally) was causing problems with some rain coming in tonight and a definite overcrowding in the campgrounds in the Park. So we headed for Kanab a day early. Tomorrow we will head west thru Zion to Springvale, Utah to get some 'Brambleberry pie' and shoot some photos of the 'Polygamists' in Colorado City...near Zion Park. Just a cultural curiosity for us we aren't planning anything revolutionary!

Today we left Page at 6 AM stopped at Lee's Ferry for photos and dog walks, then headed past Jacobs Lake to the North Rim. While it wasn't as crowded as the South Rim usually is, there were tour buses and rental cars everywhere. we visited all the major overlooks with raindrops cause some concern in a couple of places. later in the morning the sun peaked thru and we got some nice shots. Right now there is a big thunder-boomer near the canyon causing some flash-flooding. While I love adventures, it is time to enjoy the motel and do my home work. I will add the photos tomorrow if possible.
So ends DAY 9. We are having a great time! Love to all from the Pups.



sounds like that pork chpo should of been put in whole hog sausage at the slaughter house!

might came from a sow and not a "market pig"!
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 10:22:45 (permalink)
Al,thank you for sharing your trip with us. I have never ventured further west then Ohio, and it's such a pleasure seeing this part of our beautiful country. My hubby is a rail fan and I will be showing him this thread this evening. If your ever in northern Massachusetts please stop by our Hobby Shop.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 12:59:32 (permalink)
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Perhaps you could hire me as a driver for your next trip. I work for food.



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I could be the assistant driver...food also required.

I'll be the Designated Drinker!!


Perhaps I could be the desiginated drinker after that?????

Paul E. Smith
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Put me down for a spot on this tour..
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 19:20:40 (permalink)
DAY 10 Kanab, Utah Circle tour of Zion National Park, Hurricane Utah and Colorado City AZ.

We added a visit to our favorite Nat. Park, ZION, to today’s list of things to do. Just after turning onto Utah Rt. 9 at Mt Carmel Jct. we saw a herd of Buffalo on a nearby hillside.



Then it was into the Park using the eastern Portal. At one of the overlooks Demi spotted a lizard on the retaining wall and made leap to catch it…close, but no success this time!


Then it was thru the mile-long tunnel and into Zion Canyon. We skipped riding the Park tram around and just stopped at some overlooks in the canyon.




Then we headed out to Springdale, just outside the west entrance. Springdale used to be the typical tourist stop near a park, but in the past few years it has turned quite ‘artsey-fartsey’ with yogurt stands, smoothies and other such stuff now present everywhere. The BUMBLEBERRY CAFÉ is an institution in the town, but even it has caught the ‘upscale fever’. Prices have doubled since our visit there two years ago and the menu not is printed in flowing script font and has lots of ‘chef’s suggestions’ included. We used to worry about the COOK’s Cigar ashes falling in our food as we waited for it in past visits.



We both had the Bumbleberry Pancakes ($5.99 with $2.25 for the side of Bacon you see in the photo) Very Good and the syrup also quite tastie!! BTW A Bumble Berry is very similiar to a small wild Blackberry, only not as “seedie”.



After eating we stopped in Hurricane to let Janet do her ‘Curves’ visit, while I shot a couple of wildflower photos out at the edge of town. The first is a Sego Lily and the second a Prickly Pear complete with bug and Bee at work.





We finished up the circle with a stop in Colorado City AZ. As I said yesterday this is a Polygamist community. I was surprised at how much the town as grown since we were last here in 2000. There are well over 100 ‘Oversized’ homes with folks dressed in the ultra-conservative ‘Amish-style’ and 15 passenger vans in many driveways. I figured this was a dying segment of the old Mormon culture, but apparently even without the church recognition, this group seems to be growing. I don’t want to turn this thread into a discussion of the merits or evils of this life-style…but It is here and the folks in Colorado City seem happy with their lives.

OK That’s it for DAY 10. We will relax at the motel, Poolside, then visit a BBQ Stand we saw on the south side of town. Tomorrow we vistit Cedar Breaks and the Panguitch area.

BTW I enjoyed a bowl of Chili Verde last nite at ESCOBAR’s Mexican Restaurant here in Kanab. We were talked out of going to Nedra’s Too, by locals who told us that the place had gone downhill rapidly in the past ear.

More to follow and photos added shortly.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 19:27:23 (permalink)
Wow, Al, those pics of the dogs are GREAT. I love the one of Demi leaping for the lizard, and the ones of them looking into the Grand Canyon look like something I would have had in my ViewMaster, many many moons ago.

Hey, did you see Warren Jeffs hanging around anywhere in Colorado CIty? There was a possible sighting of him about ten miles away from where I live last week. What a prize-winning JERK.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 19:28:21 (permalink)
As usual Al, I felt like I was there with you. I will be the dogs enjoyed the bison burgers on the hoof

Keep up the great pics and comments. Glad to see that you are in a place where the wireless works better.

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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 19:37:37 (permalink)
No Sign of Jeffs here! and the wireless service seems to crash just as I tried to post the last bulletin...so I did it a piece at a time. I hope you get to see it all ! It is another beautiful day high in the upper 80's and thunderboomers in the far distance.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 19:49:40 (permalink)
This sites are truly breathtaking
and the food photos- Food Porn at it's best!

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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 21:06:05 (permalink)
Holy buffalo, Mr. Mayor! I don't even LIKE pancakes but that picture made me want to jump through my computer!

As usual, more fabulous shots, you sure are one hell of a photographer!

Go get 'em Demi!!!
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 21:14:07 (permalink)
I just looked at them pancakes and have a serious case of breakfast munchies here..
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/17 21:38:15 (permalink)
Again, great photos. Colorado City's oversize compounds remain fixed in my memory and I remember groups of children walking in large numbers on the unpaved side streets.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/18 12:11:24 (permalink)
What a nice way to take a mental vacation from my cubicle...

Al, keep up the great narrative and beautiful pictures! Hi to Janet and puppies!

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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/18 21:01:50 (permalink)
Day 11 Cedar Breaks and Bryce National Park. 250@ miles. Gas $2.83 in Cedar City., Over $3.10 a gallon on US 89 near the National Parks.

We started in Kanab same as yesterday, but this time when we reached the turnoff for Zion Park we stayed on US 89 heading north. The first town we entered was Orderville, site of the Mormons attempt at a communal living effort in the late 19th century. A sign at the edge of town was advertising for a local woodworker. I thought his priorities were interesting.


Then we headed up State RT 14 that goes to Cedar City and I-15, passing the entrance to Cedar Breaks National Monument. The entrance to Cedar Breaks was still closed from the long winter, so we continued over the Mountains, with a stop for a walk near a small stream and lake, and then an overlook at Zion from the Far North end.





Then we stopped in Cedar City to pick up some picnic materials and headed up the I-15 to the road that leads past Brianhead ski resort to the back entrance to Cedar Breaks. This road was open, although the snow was still evident near the top. We looked around at the Cedar Breaks overlook.



Then we headed for Bryce Canyon National Park near our goal for the evening –Panguitch, Utah.




Near our motel we met a Prairie Dog who wasn't too happy to meet our dogs. We keep them in the tr
uck, but they scared the little guy anyway!


We took the recommendation of Sterns and several others and dined at Cowboy Smokehouse Café in Panguitch. We give a 6 on a 10 scale. The Brisket tasted like Roast Beef, and the Ribs were definitely institutionally smoked, not local. $17 for the sample platter you see in the photo seemed high for what was only a fair meal. Drinks were extra. We are looking forward to the Capitol Reef section of this trip to find some good chow to match the scenery.





That’s Day 11. Tomorrow we pass thru Escalante and Boulder to reach our 2 night stay in Torrey, Utah. Still a great trip and all of us are having a great time.


Lou, Does this sound like a sequel to the DaVinchi Code???
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/18 21:08:06 (permalink)
You ever think about writing a book Mayor??
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 09:47:43 (permalink)
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You ever think about writing a book Mayor??


He has the makings of a good book in the 4 pages he has shared with us on this trip.

Mr Mayor, I haven't made that tour in about 5 years, but your account is sure bringing back some great memories and is stirring the wandderlust again. Thank you so much for thinking enough of us to let us share your adventure.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 10:36:27 (permalink)
wow!!!

This is much better than the travel channel!!!!!
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 11:07:06 (permalink)
sure is better than the Travel Channel...hey..Mayor...that looked like mighty dry brisket...the ribs looked good...what did the puppies think?
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 11:09:39 (permalink)
Mr. Mayor - You and Janet can be my trip planners anytime!
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 16:29:55 (permalink)
The color and clarity of these pictures is truly breathtakingly. Add some 'carrots' (perhaps as a snack for the dogs?) and you have the makings of some real diamonds. (Not sure how to work 'cut' in there.)
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 17:15:05 (permalink)
Friends- I have received a couple of emails asking questions about stuff going on in the various forums and threads on the site. I confess that I am only taking time out from 'Vacation-stuff' to post the Journal and Photos. If you need a question answered please send a note to the 'working moderators' til June 1st. Thanks. Now here is a real teaser for you.

Todays journey left from Panguitch, Utah and followed Rt 12 thru Tropic, Escalante and Boulder to Torrey, at the Jct. of Rt's 12 and 24. I will post the journal and photos tonight, but let me just say this was the most amazing and scenic 200 miles I have ever driven!! More to follow.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/19 22:00:17 (permalink)
Day 12- Panguitch/Bryce Canyon N.P. to Torrey, Utah/Capitol Reef N.P. 250 miles Including a LOT of side trips!

We’ll start this entry with the Dinner of the Day. We had heard and read of the CAPITOL REEF INN AND CAFÉ, in Torrey, Utah. When we decided to eat our evening meal there I was a bit concerned about the appearance of the place (outside.). It isn’t ‘run-down’ but it has seen some hard winters over the years.



However inside the place is clean and comfortable. AAA and The Sterns and several of you have given the place a good recommendation, so we settled in for a good ‘supper’. Janet ordered the Tenderloin Medallions and I asked for the Ribeye Steak. A handsome salad was included and we each had to try a dessert, our first for this trip.

Here is the salad,



the two steaks


and a dessert…just to give you an idea of how things turned out.




The dinner was delicious and the bill (minus tip) came to a bit over $50. Not bad for this good a meal.


Now for the amazing geographic wandering! Utah’s Rt 12, from Bryce to Torrey is marked as a Scenic Byway on all the maps. It is 122 miles of very contrasting colors and climates. Rocky formations, green fields, small farming villages, and thick Pine and Birch Forests made the ride something out of a travel film. At first it was all Ohhhhs and Ahhhhs!, but after an hour or so of that it became a challenge to find the most photogenic scenes to share with you.




We stopped at several overlooks (only a couple shown here).

Then we had to do some shopping for decorative rocks to add to our collection. The Escalante Rock Shop is a great little shop near the entrance to the Petrfied Forest State Park near Escalante, Utah. I talked websites and rocks with the owner while Janet introduced the dogs to the fun of Mousing along an irrigation ditch.. It was an enjoyable stop and I recommend the rock shop if you are interested in that sort of thing.


Here’s his website URL [url] sandsn@color-country.net[/url]

Then we headed on down the road to Boulder. On the edge of town the ‘Burr Trail’ takes off to the right. It is a 77 mile, mostly paved road that winds up at Lake Powell (at the Bullfrog Marina). About 17 miles in from Boulder the road drops (really DROPS) down to the floor of a red-rock canyon and cuts between the hugs cliffs like the Zion Road.



The canyon is about 7 miles long. When the desert thunderstorms began to get a bit heavy we decided to turn around before being caught in a flash flood in that narrow canyon. So after 25 or so miles of unbelieveable scenery we turned around and headed back up the hills to Boulder.


We will connect with a piece of the Burr Trail tomorrow when we do the Capitol Reef loop drive. It is a ride I would urge any of you who travel thru this area to enjoy. It is worth the couple of hours we took to see a part of it.!!


Then it was up Rt 12 again, crossing 10,000 ft Boulder Mountain with rushing streams and distant lightening putting on quite a show after all the red-rock and desert scenes.


We checked into the Wonderland Motel and cruised the neighborhood of Torrey and Teasdale before settling in for Dinner and this literary effort.

We are here for two nights, so tomorrow will bring a full day of exploring the Capitol Reef Nat. Park and as much of the surrounding area as we can see.


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Your photos capture the beauty and rich palette of the area. Thanks for taking the time each day to post.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/20 15:33:50 (permalink)
Al, the steaks and the pictures look great. Thanks for the visual tour.
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/20 17:40:11 (permalink)
DAY 13 Capitol Reef National Park and Vicinity. We added about 200 more miles this morning seeing the Park and a lot of the surroundingterritory...Mainly on dirt roads. It is a beautiful day, Hi near 83 and bright Sun. Many the the roads were cliffhangers in spots.



While others led us to places where it was necessary to ford the Fremont River a couple of times on our way back to the motel


On one road we saw a Mama Prairie Chicken escorting her brood across the road in front of us. We stopped and waited for the dozen chicks to finally get across the road (Why do they do that anyway??). Then we slowly approached and got the photos of Mother and one chick trying to catch up with the "Leaders of the Pack".




Near our motel we happened to see a rather odd tour bus. It had two plates on the back, Alaska and Germany...Go Figure. The rear section has three levels of bunk beds and the front, regular tour bus seating.. I don't think this would be the way for the Mayor to travel!


Now, after a brief nap, it will be pool-time ! Saturday is a short day for us, but it allowed us to see the Park ! Tomorrow and Monday we will be in Moab !
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/20 23:32:37 (permalink)

We have eaten a number of Burgers that look like the one in the Swenson write-up today. They may look yucky, but they sure taste good. We had a good Burger in Boulder Utah today, but didn't haul the camera into the restaurant so no evidence to share!
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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/21 00:35:15 (permalink)
Howdy Mr. Mayor & Fellow Travelers,

Sorry to join this virtual (for most of us) road trip so late, as I've driven and eaten on a lot of these roads fairly recently and have a lot of opinions. My wife and I plan to spend Memorial Day weekend in Durango and Mesa Verde, and I was looking for the remarks that I thought I remembered from one of the forums regarding the restaurant at Mesa Verde (in fact, it was in a discussion labelled "National Parks" at http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2610) when I found my way to the Mayor's trip report. The following comments are based on two road trips we took in the last year that included parts of southern Utah as well as regular trips to southern Colorado:

We've rendezvoused with my brother's family in Cañon City a couple of times, but haven't found a restaurant that both my wife and my brother's famiy have liked. Good to know about El Chapaola for next time.

Stayed in Montrose to visit the Black Canyon five years ago. We ate at the Starlite-manufactured diner there (don't remember the name). The food/experience was soulless and pre-packaged--will try the Red Barn next time.

The Serious Texas Barbecue is owned by the brother of an old (vegetarian!) friend of mine. We ate there the first night of our southern Utah road trip last June. My wife, who does the barbecue eating for both of us since I'm currently not a meat-eater, pronounced herself quite satisfied. Some of the other barbecue places that you visited looked worth a stop--I'm sure that I'll revisit and mine this travelog on future trips of ours.

As I understood it, all of the Four Corners states decided to renumber their portions of U.S. 666 because of the number's diabolical associations, not because the signs disappeared (although they certainly became collectors' items once the renumbering was announced).

I think that Bluff probably offers more interesting restaurant options than Blanding--we had a tasty dinner at the trading post in town there at the end of the June trip.

I've not yet made it to Monument Valley--I look forward to seeing the train. Too bad you won't be in the area a few weeks from now--they'll be running RGS Galloping Goose #5 on the Cumbres and Toltec for four or five days.

The Bumbleberry unfortunately was closed when we were in Springdale on New Year's Eve. We got quite decent dinner takeout from the Bit and Spur, then had OK breakfast at the Pioneer Lodge before getting to enjoy Zion in the really off season.

Southern Utah may have the highest concentration of mind-bogglingly gorgeous scenery in the southwest.
Those of you for whom all these places are unfamiliar may be amused to hear that when WE drove over Boulder Mountain and through Boulder last June, it was through several inches of slush (in answer to one question, yes it's difficult to pack properly for a trip through that area; when dressing that morning in our motel in Hanksville, east of Capitol Reef, I had almost decided to wear shorts). You don't mention visiting Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, where we joined other refugees from the inclement weather for a tasty if pricey breakfast; perhaps they haven't yet opened for the season. I would have liked to try the Capitol Reef Cafe, but we decided to have our fancy Torrey dinner at Cafe Diablo, which I would also recommend, although be warned that it's on the nouvelle (or is it nouveau? I can never remember) side.

I'm envious of your getting to drive down the Burr Trail & the Capitol Reef loop; neither seemed like a good place to take a Toyota Echo (and, for that matter, I think that you couldn't drive the loop when we were there due to washouts).

Are you taking I-70 or going back through Blanding en route to Moab? I look forward to hearing where you eat in Moab.

To the waterlogged New Englanders who've commented enviously: I moved from Boston to Santa Fe 10 years ago; if you lived here, I think you'd get to missing the moisture even while enjoying the weeks on end of beautiful sunny days. We're expecting the Forest Service and other entities to close down pretty much all the public land in northern New Mexico any day now because of fire danger (less rain/snow in the last six months here than many of you got to see in an hour).

I look forward to the remaining installments.

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RE: Trip Report- May 2006 AZ,Utah,CO Natl Parks 2006/05/21 07:31:16 (permalink)
Rocky,
Thanks for the follow-up, I hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday travel.
We looked at the menus for Capitol Reef Cafe and Cafe Diablo and made the same decision you did, but the opposite choice. We wanted something a bit more "ordinary" than "foo-foo". Both have a rep. for being excellent choices.
We will head to Green River to see the Old Spanish Trail crossing point on the river and then to Moab, rather than retrace our steps to Blanding.
In Boulder we enjoyed a great "Southwestern Burger" at the Burr Trail Cafe--next door to the place you mentioned.
We talked about how empty the roads are on most of our sidetrips. Zion and Bryce are busy...and there is a crowd here in Torrey now, but yesterday and Friday the place was pretty much empty. We did 75 miles on the Loop and Burr roads and saw only a handful of cars and bikers the whole day.

OK We will head out soon. More when we settle in in Moab this evening.



ADD DAY 14.... 4 pm in Moab on a warm Sunday Afternoon is like being in any resort town as folks pack up and try to get home after a weekend of fun. Not anywhere as bad as the run from Vegas back to L A on Sunday afternoon....but a long way from the empty roads and quiet towns we have enjoyed for the past couple of weeks. We have done laundry, and scrubbed the red mud off the truck and now I will make a short entry while Janet checks out the pool, and the pups nap. Looks like the Moab Diner will be the supper stop. Then tomorrow we will do a steak somewhere to finish the Utah Circle of this trip.
We passed by Blondie's in Hanksville this morning. It looked like a good place to stop and has good references from our group, but we just weren't hungry at that time, so we put it on the next time list.
We saw several wild Turkeys and a Ring-Neck Pheasant this morning near some irrigated fields. Otherwise the photos for today are pretty 'bleak'. Archs and Northern Canyonlands N Parks tomorrow, so good things are coming.
AL
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