We’ve had limited phone and Internet access before on our travels, but never so little connectivity as since we left our home in Salt Lake City November 2. It was a tad unsettling, at least for Bev.
But we're now in Lake Havasu City, AZ, with good Internet connection. Here’s some of what we’ve seen/done since we last posted:
--- Southern Utah’s Snow Canyon State Park is a beautiful place. We really recommend it, especially if you like to hike. The park has 22 hiking trails -- many are in the easy to moderate categories -- and over 170 technical climbing routes if you are more adventuresome. There’s also a three-miles paved biking trail plus equestrian trails.
One caveat about Snow Canyon: As we mentioned in our last post, our campsite was very narrow -- 12 feet wide -- as are all the sites with electric and water. There are a couple of great dry camping RV sites, however, plus a very pretty tent camping area.
---Next we spent two nights at Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, about 50 miles north of Las Vegas. Valley of Fire has two spectacular campgrounds nestled in red rocks; about 25 spaces in the Atlatl campground have water and electric. We did four hikes, all of them off White Dome Road which starts near the Visitors' Center. The hikes were short but not that easy; several of the trails were sand slogs and/or had sandstone steps covered with slippery grit. But beautiful and worth it.
--Then we made a stop in Yermo, CA, where we had decent cell phone but spotty Internet at our campground, so again no post. We did have a lovely experience, which I’ll write about later.
|Jim peering into one of two lava tube on the Lava Flow Trail at Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah. Lava tubes are formed when the surface of flowing lava cools, but molten lava below keeps flowing and eventually drains out of a sloped lava field.|
|Our large campsite at Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park, north of Las Vegas.|
|Bev on the Fire Wave trail at Valley of Fire State Park.|
|The Golden Canyon Trail at Death Valley. Jim scrambled to a ledge in the middle of the red mountains in the distance, but I turned back after I bonked my head on an overhanging rock. Despite my goose egg, it was a pretty hike.|
|A salt-flat path at Badwater Basin. Brackish water is maybe six inches below the surface and could be seen in several holes along the way.|
|Some of the mountain/hill views in Death Valley reminded me of melting Neapolitan ice cream, heavy on the chocolate. This photo was taken on Artists Drive, a 9-mile paved road through volcanic and sedimentary hills.|