Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Hiking in Zion

Zion National Park, Utah

We've been dry-camping here with no electricity, water or sewer. Our daily camp fees this Spring have ranged from over $50 a night down to $8. It's $8 here at Zion after we show our old age pass and get the 50% discount.

Battery voltage becomes an issue with dry-camping. We can run the generator for two hours in the morning and two in the evening to build up the charge in the two six volt batteries that run the RV computers and other direct current features.

The direct current parts of the RV include most of the interior lights, the computers that run the refrigerator, hot water heater and propane heater. The DC batteries also power an inverter that runs my laptop, the TVs, the Direct TV satellite receiver, the DVD player and several other TV related boxes. The voltage on the batteries drops rapidly. When they drop to 11.8 volts, my laptop crashes.

Mrs. Phred has me charging up and down some of the many hiking trails that exist here in Zion. Maybe she thinks she can get a few more years of technical support out of me if I exercise properly?

This is one of the National Parks that is so popular that they ban traffic and run propane powered shuttle buses up into the canyon.

The buses can carry two bicycles. We'd like to ride to the top of the Canyon and coast back down. It's about ten miles downhill.

Zion is a lovely place. When we leave, maybe we'll see my brother in Wendover and then go to San Francisco?


  1. looks like you are enjoying being there and you have a plan...sil

  2. sounds good to me bro, respectfully, David