This blog covers the retirement travels of Mike and Diana Griffith in our fifth-wheel trailer as we drive throughout the U. S. and Canada.
Fri, Oct 30, 2020-Hoover Dam
We’ve been to Hoover Dam 3-4 times over the years but it never fails to take our breath away! If you’ve never been there, here are a couple of pics to demonstrate its size and beauty:
The lake is extraordinarily low now as you can see in the pics but that’s a result of the drought over the past few years. One amazing fact is that the dam is pyramidal shaped. It’s 726 feet high and 660 feet wide at its base! The “new” bridge was built in 2010 and it’s 1700 feet downstream from the dam and is 886 feet above the Colorado River. All in all, the Hoover Dam is an amazing structure that has been doing its job superbly for over 80 years!
Zion is a magnificent NP! The part of the park that is accessible by road is very limited. We drove the Mt Carmel-Zion road last Thursday to get a feel for the park and yesterday we rode our bikes on the other road into the park. It’s called the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. It goes about nine miles from the Visitor Center to the end of the road at the Temple of Sinawava. Here are a couple of pics of us along the road: The route is lined with almost vertical canyon walls Of different shapes that reach thousands of feet. Here are more of these canyon walls: Did we like Zion? Of course! The scenery is out of this world and displays a number of different geological periods deposited over millions of years. Is it our favorite NP? No, we preferred Bryce Canyon partially because of the crowds here. Zion is the closest NP in UT to the large population centers in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and even LA so it’s a super popular destination. Plus, Zion is close to Grand Canyon NP and the Grand Canyon is
We could only get one night camping at Pinnacles NP because all the campsites with hook-ups were reserved. It was okay, though, because we came up with one word to describe Pinnacles: UNDERWHELMING! It seems that the PNP Campground, Visitor Center, and bookstore are all in the East side of the park. That’s fine except the main attraction of the park, its pinnacles, are on the WEST side of the park. Okay, that’s simple to fix, isn’t it? Just drive from the East side to the West side! There is just one small problem with this solution . . . . There are NO ROADS between the East and West sides of the park! It’s a two hour jaunt out of the park and back in on the other side. Not knowing that the pinnacles (very tall rock spires) are only visible from the West side, we hiked 3-4 miles one-way into the park. These are the only two pics we could get of the park’s namesakes: You can barely see the pinnacles in the second pic. See what I mean about underwhelming? It was a nice campground in th
We’ve spent the last two days on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here are several quotes found about the Grand Canyon: “There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty.” -Stefanie Payne “In the supreme flaming glory of a sunset the whole canyon is transfigured as if the light and life of centuries of sunshine stored up in the rocks was now bringing forth as one glorious fountain, flooding both the earth and sky.” -John Muir On May 6, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt saw the Grand Canyon for the first time and he was speechless. After gathering himself, he said “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it; not a bit. The ages have been at work in it, and man can only mar it.” About 4.5 years later, on Jan 11, 1908, he said “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison! Beyond desc