Waking up in Zion


I woke up early, feeling the cold on my face but toasty warm in my sleeping bag.  The hardest part of camping is getting out of a warm, comfy bed to face a 36 degree morning.

Zipppppp open my tent and I quickly put on my beanie hat, gloves, warm jacket, then started on making my coffee.  I sat at the picnic table enjoying this view.

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Sipping on coffee, we talked about where we were headed for the day.  First stop was the dinosaur tracks at the Moqui Cave, just up HWY 89, five miles north of Kanab.

The Moqui cave was once used by the Native Americans for food storage and shelter.  Later on in the 1920’s, it was used by white settlers as a speakeasy during the Prohibition.  Now it’s a museum that showcases dinosaur tracks (estimated around 140 million years old), ultra violet-fluorescent minerals, fossils, pottery, and American Indian artifacts.  A $5 admission will get you in and it was pretty cool.

IMG_3792Here are some photos of what the inside looks like, and a few artifacts that I thought were pretty cool.

IMG_3796IMG_3797IMG_3800IMG_3798The dinosaur tracks were gathered from stone slabs within a 30  mile radius of Zion.

After touring the cave, I was off to see Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  I know it sounds like an odd thing to see on a moto trip.  Let me explain.  This place is one of the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary and I’ve sponsored various animals here in the past.  I had no idea it was in Kanab.  So when I realized where it was, I knew I had to go see it on our trip.  It was less than a mile from the Moqui cave so off we went!

IMG_3808This place is home to about 1,700 animals.  They have cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds and rabbits.  They receive love, attention, medical care and the opportunity to find families of their own.

It was founded around 30 years ago in Angels Canyon and is about 3,700 acres.  Many of the animals that come here have special needs that would have put their lives in danger at traditional shelters.  That’s why I always thought this place was so special.  I currently sponsor a cat named Nicky, and asked if I could see him.

Normally, they don’t really allow visitors in to see a specific animal (they do have guided tours) but today was my lucky day.  Apparently it was a quiet day at the cat house so they allowed me to go.  I first met Heather, who was full of information about the animals, and told me all about Nicky.  I basically got my own private tour.

IMG_3823Nicky has a neurological disorder that causes him to sometimes have seizures.  Also, if he’s introduced to other cats he will yowl and it will scare the other cats away.  For this reason, he likely will never get adopted.  But he has an amazing home here and found one little buddy named Oleander who didn’t get scared off by him.  Now they are inseparable.  Here they are; Nicky on the left, and big boy Oleander on the right:

IMG_3817Nicky seemed calm and happy, and I was so happy to get to meet him.

All the cats also have a huge outdoor area, this is Oleander, showing me around.

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IMG_3816After taking a tour of the cat headquarters, I thanked Heather and went on my way to view the rest of it by motorcycle.  They have huge pastures for the horses, and one came up to say hello to me as I passed by.

IMG_3826IMG_3810This place is really amazing, and if you are looking for a place to donate to, even $10 helps them support all the animals that call this place home.  Check it out online if you get a chance.

After my visit here, I met back up with the guys who had done their own ride while I was at Best Friends, and we all had a late lunch.  It was a gorgeous ride back on 89, through Zion park.  Here are a few parting shots for the day:

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6 comments

  1. OMG. While I love ALL of this, I can’t believe you went to meet special needs animals without me. Amazing. 🙂

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  2. Very Cool………..Great write up. Sounds like an amazing ride

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  3. Its time for me to get to UT. This may be a summer ride. Thanks for sharing. I love camping while on my motorcycle. It make the trip that much more real.

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  4. Wow, loved the photos, so beautiful! Nicky and Oleander so cute too! Loved that you visited there and posted about it. 🙂

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  5. Great post and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I will have to check them out on line.

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