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Mini ATV and Las Vegas

Ivan and I checked out of the Purple Sage Motel on 11:30 am on April 15, 2010.  Ivan wanted to rent an ATV.  So, we drove to Kanyon ATV.

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Ivan rented a Rhino (2 seater 4X4) for half the day.  We were given a few trail maps.  We drove out towards Dixie National Forest.  It’s really pretty there. 

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We drove through the forest.  Ivan loves to drive fast.  It was a bit bumpy, but lots of fun!  We were the only people riding out there.  It got muddy in some areas too.  I got to drive the Rhino.  It’s a little hard since I’m short.  But, I put my heavy jacket behind me so I could reach the pedals better.  I had so much fun driving. 

Video of me driving the Rhino:

Ivan was informed by the guy at Kanyon ATV that some people got stuck up a mountain.  We kept trying to go up a mountain, but we didn’t think that was the place where everybody got stuck.  Ivan spent probably 30 minutes trying to get up the snowy mountain.  It seems we kept getting stuck in a wedge.  After trying several times, we gave up.

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It’s great fun riding mini ATVs in the desert.  We want to come back some time in the near future.  Hopefully, they’ll be a lot more people riding their ATVs next time.

I drove us towards Las Vegas.  It took us 3 hours to arrive.  Ivan booked the Imperial Palace for the night.

I pulled into Valet.  Ivan got out with his backpacks since there was a line for Valet.  He started headed towards the entrance.  The Valet guy approached me and asked if I was a guest.  I said yes.  He wanted to see my room key.  I said I’m checking in.  He said give me your confirmation number.  We never write down our confirmation numbers because they can always look you up by name.  I pointed at Ivan and said We’re checking im, he has bags.  Jeez, I was going to give this dude a piece of my mind if he didn’t let me park.  I was going to say to him, I drove 3 hours from Panguitch, Utah and I can’t even park at Valet because I don’t have a confirmation number.  Give me a break!

We chilled in the room.

We walked to the Paris.  We were going to see the Anthony Cools hypnosis show.  I was so hungry at this point.  We got crepes for dinner.  I had mushrooms with cheese and Ivan got a dessert berry crepe.

We sat down at Anthony Cools show.  Ivan went up to get hypnotized. Anthony picked him and he was part of the show.  It was hilarious because every time the song Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash was played, Ivan thought that his ass was on fire.  So, he was rubbing his bottom (butt) all across the floor.  It was a very funny show.

We walked around the Strip.  We checked out Aria and Crystals at the City Center.  We didn’t really see anything new.  The casino there is still dark and uninviting. 

Ivan and I went back to the hotel and got some much needed rest. 

It seems that almost every city or town, you’ll see the same places like Denny’s, McDonald’s, Burger King and Auto Zone.  On this road trip, we’ve tried to see unique things.  It’s great to see the museums, but we usually tire of that.  So, we visit places that are cool and a bit different.  It’s great to explore the city to see what you can find.  Visitors Centers are great to get brochures on cities you’ll are visiting.  It’s been a great road trip.  I think one of the best part has been the couchsurfers.  They have showed us great attractions and fun times.  It’s amazing to see that kindness still exists in people.  I’m so glad I got to meet up with my friend Roscoe.  It was great to finally meet my online friend after all these years.  He was so sweet to us in San Antonio.  

Thanks so much for reading our road trip blog!  I hope you enjoyed it.  We had an awesome time!

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Horse Ride and Panguitch

Ivan and I started headed towards Panguitch, Utah at 10:45 am on April 14, 2010.  We were going on Highway 12 with beautiful views.  Ivan kept stopping every few minutes to take pictures. 

We drove to Escalante Staircase – stopping at Kiva Coffeehouse.  Ivan had a tasty egg salad sandwich with soup.  I had a Southwestern Huevos Rancheros.  They didn’t tell me that the tortillas weren’t available.  We found out when we got the bill since they didn’t charge us for it.  It was a good meal.

We drove to Bryce Canyon National Park.  We were taking a horse ride with Canyon Trail Rides.  It was $25 entrance fee for the park.  Canyon Trail Rides failed to mention this when Ivan booked the horse ride.

Ivan and I got two horses that were friends.  I had a hairy horse named Newt who looked like a llama. 

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Ivan’s horse was named Rob.

It’s really scary going down into Bryce Canyon.  The horses seem to go near the edge and you think you could fall at any moment.  The views of the canyon are just gorgeous.  Wow, it’s really amazing! 

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We were in a group of 9 people.  My horse was going really slow.  I think Newt was kind of old because he had gray hair.  In the middle of the ride, he started going faster.  I think he might have taken an energy drink when I wasn’t looking.  The 2 hour horse ride was lots of fun.  I can’t believe there’s still snow up there.  I guess it’s not hot enough to melt it all.

Here’s a video I made while on the horse in Bryce Canyon:

We started driving towards Panguitch City. 

We checked in to the Purple Sage Motel in Panguitch.  It’s #1 on Tripadvisor.  The lady at the front desk was a little weird and wasn’t too friendly.  The room was nice and it smelled good.

We chilled in the hotel for awhile.

We went to dinner at Cowboy’s Smokehouse Cafe.  Our waitress was very friendly.  Ivan and I got smoked trout with crackers and a spicy spread for a starter.  Then, we had a nice 1/2 chicken dinner with their homemade spicy bbq sauce.  For dessert, we got the delicious apple cobbler.

We walked around town to get some exercise.  Then, we arrived back to the hotel.  We watched an episode of Spooks before sleepy time.

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Boulder, Utah

Ivan and I left the River Canyon Lodge at 11 am on April 13, 2010. 

We drove to Arches National Park.  We love the drive through this awesome national park.  At first the weather looked nice.  But, then it started sprinkling and then it stopped.  Then, it was sunny and then back to overcast.

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We went to the Garden of Eden and took more pictures.  We love the gorgeous views!

We started driving towards Boulder, Utah at 12 pm. 

We stopped at Tamarisk Restaurant in Green River, Utah.  Ivan and I each had a lovely grilled chicken sandwich.  We had one trip to go to the salad bar.  The salad was really good too.

I started driving at 1:45 pm.  We drove through Highway 24 which has beautiful red rocks and mountains.  Then, we connected to the Highway 12 where it goes up to 9500 feet.  It was snowing up there.  The temperature was 36° F.

We checked in to Pole’s Place.  Unfortunately, the hotel doesn’t have internet access.  We put our backpacks in the room.

We drove down the street to a restaurant that has wi-fi.  We used it for awhile.  Then, we went back to the hotel to take showers.

Ivan drove us to Hell’s Backbone Grill.  Ivan read lots of good things about this place. 

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We order a few small plates: Backbone organic salad with trout, goat cheese fondue with crackers, pesto farfalle pasta and pumpkin & apple soup.  The soup could have been a little hotter.  The fondue was delicious.  I wish we got two portions of it!  The pesto pasta was cold and tasted great.  The organic salad was rather plain and barely came with any trout.  We had a tasty meal here.

We went back to the hotel.  The internet at the hotel is really buggy.  Ivan had to ask the front desk if they could re-set the router.  It kept giving saying Limited or No Connectivity. 

We watched a few episode of the great show Spooks and then off to sleep.

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Arches National Park

Ivan and I woke up around 10:30 am on April 12, 2010. 

We drove to Arches National Park.  It’s a park filled with beautiful things like petrified dunes and huge red rocks.  It’s quite a beautiful place.  The weather was overcast.

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We checked out the Balanced Rock first.  I don’t know how the rock stays up there.

We started driving more and went to the Viewpoint for the Delicate Arch.  The arch itself is far away, but we were still able to zoom to get a picture. 

if you want to see the Delicate Arch, It’s 3 miles round trip.  Ivan and I didn’t feel like hiking, so we decided to skip it. 

Driving through the National Park offers such beautiful views.  It’s a must have if you’re ever in Moab.  The sun came out and it was getting a little hot.

Big Dave and Lil’ Dave (the monkeys traveling with us) loved the park as well. 

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They thought it was a perfect opportunity to take some pictures.

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We drove to The Windows Section. 

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We saw Turrent Arch and took lots of pictures there.  It was quite nice sitting under the huge arch.

We drove to Garden of Eden next.  There’s a rock that I thought looked like a penis. 

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The Garden of Eden has multiple rock formations.  It’s really cool that they’re all grouped together like a garden.

We drove back to the exit.  We really love driving through this gorgeous national park.   We spent 3 hours there.  The entrance fee is $10 fee good for 7 days.

We went back to the hotel to use the internet.

We drove to Buck’s Grill House for dinner.  Ivan read good things about it on the internet.  We ordered the eggplant pesto dip for a starter.  It was horrible – it didn’t taste like eggplant or pesto.  It just tasted like some cold mush which could have been anything.  Ivan complained about it and the waiter took it away.  He said sorry for that, would you like something else?  Ivan thought that the soup of the day, which was butternut squash, sounded better.  We got the soup and it was just okay. 

We got a smoked catfish cake which was alright.  Our main dish was a game hen with spices on top of a southwestern risotto.  The chicken meat didn’t have any flavor.  The risotto was plain.  We didn’t have a good meal.  It sucks to have a bad meal, but I guess they can’t all be good.

We went back to the hotel.  We watched Family Guy and Spooks on the laptop before going to sleep.

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Moab

Ivan and I started driving at 11:30 am on April 11, 2010. We drove to Grand Junction, Colorado for lunch.  We had lunch at the Main Street Cafe.  Ivan and I each had a tasty tuna sandwich on wheat bread.  Ivan had a vegetable chili and I had a salad.  The food was good.

We started driving again at 1:30 pm.  I worked on the blog while Ivan drove. 

We listened to music on my iPod like Fiona Apple, Moby, Jay-Z and Queen.

We took the Scenic Byway on Highway 6 which took us through the ghost town of Cisco.  Then, we went on the Highway 125 through a beautiful canyon. 

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We checked in to the River Canyon Lodge in Moab, Utah at 4 pm.  The weather was quite warm at 76° F.

We chilled in the room for awhile.

We walked to Main Street for dinner.  We checked out a few menus.  Most restaurants in Moab are a little pricey.  We decided to go to Miguel’s Baja Grill.

Ivan had the tasty chicken fajita.  I had the M.O.A.B. with chicken which stands for Mother of All Burritos.  It’s supposed to be really big, but it wasn’t really that big.  I finished all of the delicious burrito.  We each had a nice glass of Spanish red wine.

We walked back to the hotel.  We watched an episode of Spooks on the computer and then off to bed.

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