We started the day on bikes riding through the Park with the girls on each of our bikes. The road through the Park isn’t that long but it takes a while if you drive slowly and stop to see the wonderful things visible from the road here.
We saw quite a few Big Horn Sheep up close. The Park is beautiful as the sun is just starting to hit it.
On the other side of the park we stopped at a roadside ranch that had cabins, gift store and that kind of thing. Oh yeah, they also had Bison!
We stopped and also found out there were yearling horses as well.
Tomm has been itching to go Skeet Shooting while we were out here and he finally found a place that offered it (so we thought). It was in a family camp place called Zion Ponderosa. Interesting place. Cabins for rent and nice facilities to keep everyone in the family occupied for days or weeks. Indeed they offered “skeet” but we had the hardest time finding someone who knew anything about it, where to go, or how to schedule a time. (the staff was all temp college students)
Since we had some time to kill, Tomm decided he would shoot now if he could. He bought a session and we waited (and waited, and waited) for the “skeet” person to show up and take us to the range. When he finally did (nice guy, it wasn’t his fault) he drove us up the hill to the range.
As it turns out, the didn’t offer skeet, they offered trap shooting, and only had a single 20 gauge gun. Oh well. Tomm bought enough so that everyone could have a turn. I know it was the first time shooting a gun for Abi and G. Michele looked like she got the hang of it pretty quickly.
Taking the in park shuttle to the very end you start hiking up into some fabulous canyons. Of course you are hiking in a river bed that sometimes gets to waste deep water.
What a wonderful experience!
The canyon starts out wide and the further you venture in the more narrow it gets. Each corner presents a totally different look.
We were saying that it’s addicting in a way as it entices you to go just a bit farther to see what’s around the next corner.
On the way out I ran into a Husky Service Dog in Training. I stopped and talked to them for a while. They are active in Husky Rescue and training service dogs. This was Shasta. One of the mellowest huskies I’ve ever seen. The dog is being desensitized so it pays less attention to it’s surroundings and more attention to it’s owner. This particular dog will be a diabetic service dog when it’s training is done. Very cool!
Tomorrow: Late last night we decided where to go next, we’re off to ride out to Mexican Hat, Valley of the Gods!