Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Heading to Zion

So, after being locked down for months, after having three scheduled trips cancelled, we finally are hitting the road once again.

After Hawaii extended the two-week mandatory quarantine, we dropped that trip and made plans to head to Zion National Park in Utah.

There were several reasons that Zion made sense. First, it was on my list of places I really wanted to visit. Also, my wife has mentioned that she wants to see most, if not all, of our National Parks.

Looking at the Covid maps, the area around Zion is almost virus free. It doesn’t mean that there are no risks but driving to an area and partaking in outdoor activities seemed like a pretty safe plan.

When we left for the 5 ½ hour drive to Springdale, Utah, we planned on stopping several times along the road to get out of the car and stretch our legs.

The first stop was in Baker California, home to the “World’s Tallest Thermometer,” and yes, it’s a thing.

Instead of checking out the 134’ lighted thermometer, we headed over to the “Alien Jerky” store.

Even the lights in the parking lot are Aliens. 

As if a 134’ thermometer wasn’t kitschy enough, Baker is home to an “Area 51” inspired store that specializes in all types of dried meats. 

Detail of the hotdog stand

They must be making some money, as they are currently expanding by adding a themed hotel and hot dog stand.

The Hotdog stand isn't open yet, but looks like it may be soon.


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