John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

Tag Archive: Hiking

Cedar City, UT

     It’s a nice morning to enjoy our coffee outside. There are a few clouds and around 65 degrees. This morning we did some research on our upcoming travel plans.
Candy and Traci came by early afternoon and we all headed up to Kolob Reservoir to visit with Eva at her family’s cabin. A couple nieces and nephew were there too, Katie, Becky and Josh. We took a short hike up to the summit and was able to overlook the reservoir and the 5 fingers at Zion Natl Park.
Now we had some snacks, which Katie loved to make, a few cocktails and played Horseshoes, and volleyball. Eva has a few hummingbird feeders and they were fighting for the nectar. Eva made burgers from her family’s cow’s on the cool griddle they have in the cabin and Becky and I made a couple of lincoln log homes. Becky’s was really good, mine, not so much. Candy dug up a couple small trees to take back and plant in their yard here.
After a great day, great food and great friends, we headed back down the mountain. We didn’t want to be driving the winding steep gravel roads at night. It was perfect time to see deer and we saw a lot. We even saw a mama with some babies up on a hillside. When Candy, Traci, John and I got back, we had some ice cream cones and sat outside at the KOA patio and enjoyed the full moon.

Cedar City, UT

   Nice morning for coffee outside. The temperature is 75 with a slight breeze. Perfect.
We regrouped and headed to Brian Head ski resort for Blues, BBQ and Brew. On our way drove through Cedar Breaks Natl Park. We had BBQ samples and some brew while listing to blue music by Electric Witness with a harp player. Then we took a nice ride up the chairlift to the top of the mountain at 11,000 feet. We took a walk around and enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding area.
We started back and took our time. We stopped at a couple overlooks at Cedar Breaks Natl Park and did a mile hike on the Alpine Pond Trail. At this altitude it’s still spring and the flowers were blooming everywhere. When we got home, we regrouped and had a couple cocktails, listened to music and practiced harmonica while sitting outside in the great weather. Candy, Traci and Traci’s mom, Mitzi stopped by and dropped off Mutton sandwiches from their trip up to Fountain Green Mutton Fest today.

Big Bend Natl Pk, TX

We took a short drive down to Daniels Ranch early this morning. We stopped to enjoy the view of the Rio Grande and checked out where the Hot Springs Trail ends. Now after coffee and breakfast, we headed to #2 Hot Springs Historic Walk trail. We had to drive in on a dirt road and then take a very narrow winding road ½ mile into where the trailhead was. We took a short hike about 1 mile round trip to the Hot Springs. They were right along the Rio Grande. I headed back to the truck and John continued on back to Daniels Ranch about a 3 mile hike. It does have up and down elevation so it took him some time.

I headed back to Daniels Ranch and did some reading under a nice shade tree with shade. John finished his hike and we went home to do some indoor reading for a couple hours during the heat of the day. We did get a rainstorm with thunder and lightning for a little while but then it was gone and it’s still hot, around 108 degrees. We are leaving tomorrow so we do have a few projects to get done today.

Big Bend Natl Pk, TX

We stopped at the Boquillas Overlook to get an overview of the city in Mexico. Now we headed to #11 Boquillas Canyon Trail for a mile hike. From this trail you get a great view of the Rio Grande River and the entrance to the Boquillas Canyon. Also there are holes in the rocks where long ago people would ground their meal in. Since we are so close to Mexico, people cross the river and set up little stores with walking sticks and molded metal sculptures. They leave a bottle with a rock in it to put the payment if you buy something.

With our hike done, we headed to the legal border crossing. After talking to them they sent us down a path to the river where a man from Mexico came across in his rowboat. It’s 5.00 per person round trip in the rowboat. We could walk across the river but it’s about 3 feet deep, muddy and about 40 feet wide. So we took the rowboat. We paid the singing man – Victor and he gave us our return ticket. Now we can walk the mile to the town of Boquillas or get a burrow ride for 5.00 per person round trip. We paid Pino for the burrow ride and he got us set up. He walked with us for the mile and we asked about him and his town. When we arrived in town, he organized our burrows and he was our guide for our time in town. We walked through the town of about 150 people. They use solar power throughout the city. Pino showed us the schools, church, hospital, some shops and the 2 restaurants. We stopped at the one run by his cousin. I had beef tacos, John had tamales and we all had a couple cervazas. Out visit over, Pino got us back on our burrows and we headed to the river. John had an extra burrow tag along. We gave Pino 10.00 as a thank you for the tour and took the rowboat back to the USA.

Now we headed home and did some reading and relaxing. We had a couple cocktails outside and Magic and Roadrunner joined us. Then we took a nice walk to the back our our campground and saw a Black Hawk and it’s nest, a Vermilion Flycatcher bird and a couple of big Jackrabbits. A nice day now for a movie.
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