We left Richfield around 10am Friday morning. We started the route south and had decided to make this a Virtual and Earthcache trip. Wandered through Clear Creek Canyon in southern Utah and left the main road. I actually found a nice place for another Earthcache in the area. So I was happy to take the route.
We stopped for just a moment, but the just a moment never seems to work out right. We ended up taking the tour, and seeing a lot of the fort. It was really interesting, the last time I had visted it was a mess. That would be back in the early 80's and much of the place had fallen apart.
We headed south and grabbed our first Earthcache of the day on the other side of the freeway from Cove Fort.
We then headed south taking a lot of back roads and seeing a lot of interesting locations.
The country was really cool, as we entered the red rock areas of Southern Utah. It was really impressive and cool. For the most part there are a lot of Virtuals in the area. Panguich, Cedar City, and more.
As we past cedar I think I had grabbed 10-12 virtuals and a couple Earthcaches. But when we took the turnoff at the North side of Zion's Park where things got really interesting. There was a lot of snow at the high altitude.
It was really beautiful. There were very few people that were actually there. I think we past three other vehicles. During the summer I am sure it would be crowded. There was enough snow that you could do much hiking, though one couple was heading off down a snow covered trail. There were a few other Earthcaches in the area that we grabbed though we could not get some because the trails are snowy.
We then hopped off and headed on southward. We seemed to stop about every 10 miles. Our Two-three hour trip ended up taking about 6-7 hours, but it was very enjoyable. We saw much of the countryside, found many benchmarks, and virtuals and Earthcaches before we arrived at St. George for teh night and decided to stay the night. In the end we found 10 Virtuals, 5 Earthcaches, and an uncounted number of Benchmarks this day. So there is yet to be Saturday, the bigger day of the journey, and much more interesting.