We left Zion National Park on Sunday at just before 8:00am, heading for Kodachrome Basin State Park. We had to go through a 1.1 mile (1.8 km) long tunnel, and because we are wider than 7'6", we had to buy a tunnel pass for $15 USD (19 CAD) and they close the tunnel to opposing traffic so that we drive right through the middle. The tunnel only opens at 8:00am.
There was surprisingly little traffic.
Took a few pictures on the switchbacks leading up to the tunnel itself. More beautiful Zion scenery.
Sherman enjoys this scenery!
He looks good in the mountains, doesn't he?
The road below that we had already driven up.
This is our first time in Utah, and there is a lot of beautiful scenery. So many areas where we want to stop and explore, so it's a bit frustrating knowing that we don't have much time. We had to purposely drive right by the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. It'll have to wait for another time, as will many areas of the state on this trip through. We want to be back in Canada April 29th, so when we're finished at Kodachrome Basin we'll be driving pretty much every day.
Entering the tunnel.
Inside the tunnel. Sherman had the road to himself!
Coming out the other side.
We passed through a few small towns on our way from Zion to Kodachrome Basin State Park, but couldn't find an open store. We really didn't need much, but we wanted to pick up some snack food. Maybe it's a Utah law or something regarding Sunday shopping, but everything, including many gas stations along the way, seemed to be closed.
East of Zion on highway #9.
We could spend a lot of time here!
Sherman, at Red Canyon, Highway 12.
We stopped for a quick half hour hike. That's Ruth down there!
What a neat spot.
Made it to Kodachrome Basin State Park at around 2:00pm. It's supposed to be a 3:00pm check in time, but they sent us right to our site. This park is very popular, and there are only 32 campsites so we had made a reservation over a month ago. First time in almost 8 years of RV'ing that we have ever made a campground reservation!
We made a reservation here because I found out that we were crossing paths with an uncle of mine. My dad's youngest brother and his wife were going to be here this week, so we wanted to meet up with them. We're only here for Sunday night and Monday night, and then Tuesday we need to start putting some miles on towards Canada.
Another little tunnel.
Our site at Kodachrome Basin State Park.
That's an interesting rock formation that we view from our site!
That gives us 8 days to get to Canada. We're heading up through Yellowstone National Park in western Wyoming. Also, I've ordered a new fresh water pump for Sherman, and we'll be picking it up on our way through Jackson, Wyoming. We're going to do the entire drive without getting on an Interstate highway!
91 miles (146 kms) from Zion National Park to Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Met up with my Uncle Dave and Aunt Melissa for dinner, along with her sister Jeanette, and Jeanette's husband Bruce. Jeanette and Bruce are currently on a full time journey in their fifth wheel, exploring the U.S. and Canada. So there was no shortage of conversation regarding travel and RV'ing.
Today (Monday), we're doing a hike on the "Panorama Trail", so I'm expecting we'll get some more great photos of this part of Utah for you in the next blog post.
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