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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Colorful Red Rock Canyon, Lunch at Forscher and Majestic Zion National Park

Aloha Everyone,

Utah, home to 5 national parks, is a state blessed with natural beauties.

This morning, after another 2 hours stop in Bryce Canyon National Park, J.J. and I took Scenic Byway 12 in the direction of Zion. Red Rock Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest. It is popular with hikers as its rock formations are moderate in height and easily accessible from the highway.

In the town of Orderville, J.J. suddenly turned Honu around. BÄCKEREI Forscher is a German Bakery & Cafe. The Bratwurst was excellent and we are very happy with the hand-crafted multi-nut bread we purchased for our tomorrow's breakfast

Here are our happy servers Seth and Jordyn

Today's entry point to Zion National Park was from US Route 9. We were able to access the larger tunnels where tour buses are permitted.

This unusual rock formation is called "Checkerboard." It was seen as we entered Zion.

All 5 national parks in Utah are located in the southern part of the state. Provided you choose a time of the year when road traffic does not slow you down, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Capitol Reef and Zion can all be visited over one long weekend or definitely in 5 days.

I cannot choose one park over the other. However the character of Bryce Canyon is fiery like an entire section is on fire, yet formations are elegant and feminine. Zion is majestic & massive. The latter definitely is masculine.

Tonight we are staying at an RV park in Hurricane, Utah

Aloha -- Cathi