Our rooms at Stratasphere are quite lousy. The beds are too soft, the walls are as thin as they can get, and there're a whole bunch of other small problems. None of us get a good sleep. We leave Stratasphere and swear we'll never come back again.
My plan was to leave for Zion as early as possible so we can get some hiking done before it's dark. But the birthday boy wants some good meal and that has to be fulfilled. We go to the buffet at Bellagio and it doesn't disappoint. Juny is especially thrilled with the deserts.
Now it's 1pm and we need to do some grocery shopping before we can leave. I was thinking just some grocery store or maybe Costco, but Juny insists on getting Chinese food. So we punched "ranch market" into the GPS and what do you know, there's one right there on spring mountain road just one mile from the strip. After that, we have to make a pit stop, and why go to some gas station when you have Wynn just one mile up the road? Of course that ensures some actions with the slot machine, and by the time we finally set out it's almost 3.
The next pit stop we make is in Mesquite, a small town that borders Arizona. Of course more slot machine actions are ensured. Juny finds some "wheel of fortune" machines for only 5c a pop. YeePee!
Before we get to Zion, I want to make sure we have fuel for the stove. So I stop at St George to go to the outdoor outlet, only to find it's closed, at 6:30pm, on a
weekday! But it didn't take long for us to find an Ace Hardware on the way to get some fuel. Now it's straight down to Zion and it's already getting dark.
We rolled into the park and it's pitch dark. The small town of Springdale is very conveniently located at the entrance of the park, so it doesn't take us long to get firewoods and start cooking. Instant noodle always tastes so good when you are camping!
It is a moonless night and we see millions of stars in the sky. Juny takes a photo of star tracks. I try to write "zion" with my head light, but can't get it centered quite right.