Thank you to everyone who has expressed sympathy and condolences to me and my family over the loss of my big brother, Edmond. We are doing okay, but I still smell him. I can’t help but not look for him just in case he might be there. His scent is everywhere, so it will take some time for us all. Mom says the house is awful quiet without his chirps, meows and purrs. I’ll have to do more “Awoofs!”
As promised, I’ll share the last segment of our June trip to Utah when we drove home. Eeesh. Crazy how time flies! It will be August next week already. BTW, did you get rain? We got 4.25 inches. I’m not good with math, but I do know the sky opened up, and it rained for three days straight. I was happy that we didn’t get high winds or thunder with the storm. I can sleep through rain—thunder, not so much. Park day was squishing but cool.
Anyway, on our last day, we decided to take a different route home to Phoenix via the 89 south. Instead of going through Paige, Arizona, we took a break in Kanab, Utah. Wow! What a really cool little town with about 4,600 people. It reminded us of a small-scale Sedona as it was very clean and had lots of artsy stuff and hip restaurants.
We continued down the 89 south until we came to Jacob Lake, the town just outside of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We were shocked and heart broken to see a massive fire destroyed well over 100,000 acres of pristine pine tree forest. Apparently, it was human caused in June of 2020, and we’ll never see the forest look the same in our lifetime. A reminder to please be careful when out in nature.
We had lunch there at the lodge with pretty views and excellent service, although we don’t have any pictures. Mom was too sad to capture the burned forest. The food was quite good, and since it was cool out, I stayed in the car and got my to-go box of leftovers. We didn’t have time to visit the North Rim, but it’s on our list.
After lunch, we stayed on the 89 but headed west so we could drive by the Vermillion Cliffs and see Lee’s Ferry. If you are familiar with the steps of Utah, the Vermillion Cliffs are the second “step” up in the five-step Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, in northern Arizona and southern Utah. It’s a wall of red, slick rock and is quite impressive. There is a national monument you can visit, but we keep driving to Lee’s Ferry, the only place within Glen Canyon where visitors can drive to the Colorado River in over 700 miles of canyon country. In other words, we saw the bottom of the Grand Canyon!
Well, my dad did. Mom and I stayed behind because it was too hot for me and my paws. Dad walked through the scorching sand to see the Colorado River in all its glory. This is where they put in the river rafts that follow the canyon. Should you have your dog with you, be very aware of the sand temperature, which will be hotter than the outside air.
We had to back track on the 89 to head home, so all in all, it probably added an hour to our long trip home. I settled back into my house and let daddy do the driving. We came home on a Monday hoping to beat the weekend traffic, and we did. We didn’t run into any hiccups and sailed on home. We did, however, drive through a ton of smoke from the Rafael fire. I’ve got my paws crossed that all the rain has put our fires out and given the fire fighters a well-deserved break.
Utah has much to offer, and I suspect we will be back. You can’t go wrong with any part of the state, but the southern edge is easily accessible to us here in Phoenix. Let me know if you go and what you think. Here’s hoping we get some more rain!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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