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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Panguitch, Utah

End of the road

Kids climbing out of the cave

Entrance from inside the cave

Inside the cave, about 3' high

We left Green River yesterday morning and drove to Panguitch.  I-70 had some pretty hard climbs and descents, a few times I was in 2nd gear and 35mph going up!  I talked to a guy at a rest area and he said before they built I-70 there was no way to cross this area of Utah.  We took US 89 south which was a very pretty drive.  We stopped by the Sevier river for a break.  The highway followed the river for a few miles, 40mph curves.  Then the valley opened up for a nice ride.  We arrived in Panguitch about 3pm and are at the HitchNPost campground right in town.  Panguitch is a small very clean pretty little town.  There are a bunch of small red brick houses that date from the original settlers in the late 1800's.
We walked into town and had a nice bbq dinner at Cowboys Smokehouse then walked back.
Had our first medical emergency last night!  Cindy had a crown pop out, so she went to the local dentist planning to wait until they could see her.  Left at 7:50 am and was back at 8:40am!  Pretty quick service.
This morning, after Cindy's impromptu dentist visit, we drove out to Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Which was still closed due to snow but we were able to see part of the formations from an overlook.  They were impressive with snow covering them.  We drove past Panguitch Lake which was still mostly iced up.  Then we drove out to Mammoth Cave which is a lava tube.  We climbed down and looked around, but decided not to crawl on our stomachs to see more of the cave.  There were 2 other families there and some of the kids crawled through about 1/2 mile to the other opening.
We then enjoyed a picnic lunch there.
All in all another enjoyable day in Utah with incredible scenery.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Lake Powell.

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