Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Good-bye Zion National Park, we had three marvelous days now it’s time to move on. As we were leaving we drove through two tunnels and saw another side of Zion landscape with more trees and the sandstone had different details. When we went through the tunnels they had to close traffic coming from the other direction because they didn’t want any accidents and we had to drive down the center of the road. The first tunnel was huge and had cutouts that gave you nice views of Zion and the second tunnel was very short. We stopped at an overview of Patterns in Stone, the pattern was a unique checkerboard.
One of the cutouts in the tunnel
Pattern in Stone
After leaving Zion we stopped at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park for the night. It was a pretty park with pink dunes that are open for off-highway-vehicles (OHV), they run for miles and miles but only seven miles are open to OHVs. The park provides a nice day area where you can see the dunes, barbecue on a gas grill if you bring your own propane and restrooms. The sites have no hook-ups but they have concrete pads for the table, grill, fire rings and a lot of trees. There are bathrooms with running water and showers, we were grateful for the showers. Flo really wanted to lay outside but it was too cold for me. When it was dinnertime the sun came out so Larry barbecued chicken with charcoal and Flo and I kept him company.
Camping at Coral Pink Dunes State Park
The dunes from the day area
As most folks know we don’t really plan our trips, we have an idea about where we might want to go and we kind of go from here to there until we finally get somewhere, once we have arrived Larry will start to think about where we might go next. We left Texas headed west, roamed around in New Mexico a bit, moved a bit further west to Arizona, then we moved even further west and ended up at the Pacific Ocean. Spent a few days moving up the coast watching waves, beaches and all things related. Since the motorhome will not float we could go no further, we headed a couple of hundred miles east and ended up in Kings Canyon / Sequoia National Parks (still in California). We had been there about 6 years ago but due to impending bad weather we did not stay long, this time we spent almost a week, didn’t seem that long but then again we had to drive all the way up and down the mountain twice to get Larry’s finger worked on. We figured we would be in California for a couple of more weeks but once again mother nature did not agree, seems it was going to start raining in the areas we wanted to see and was suppose to continue raining for the better part of a week, now many times in the past we have holed up for a few days waiting for inclement weather to move through but we did not want to be sitting around for a entire week. Sunday morning Larry fired up the Minnie and said I think maybe Utah is where we should head. Well, let me tell ya, it is a long drive from Kings Canyon to Utah and there was no way he was driving that far in a day, so how far did we make it??? How about Las Vegas, somehow Larry found the most wonderful place to camp that is only about two blocks from the downtown casinos. OK, maybe it is not camping but it is an RV parking lot with full hookups, showers, laundry and it is really inexpensive. I have convinced him that since we arrived late in the day and I would really like to do laundry we should spend at least two nights here. We have not been to Vegas in at least 25 years, I am so excited. Sure hope I find time to get that laundry done before he decides to leave, so many casinos and so little time.