Friday, June 06, 2014

Cliffrose Lodge

I stayed again at my favorite hotel in Springdale, Utah, the Cliffrose Lodge.  They remodeled their lobby again.  I think they do that every year.  But it does keep getting nicer.  

I like this hotel because: the rooms are nice, it's on the river (nice place to relax), the property is full of well-maintained lawns and gardens, it's walking distance to the small market just outside the park, it's walking distance to the park, and the staff are very friendly.

This time I stayed in the Riverside Grandview Suite.  It was very nice.  I like all the windows and the large private patio.

This room comes with a cat.  OK, that's not exactly true.  A couple cats live at the hotel.  The female showed up at my room every day wanting to be petted and scratched.  If the patio door was open, she'd walk right in and settle down on the bed.  The only down side to this hotel perk is: she was shedding a lot of hair. 

Monday, June 02, 2014

My Most Popular Blog Posts

I recently discovered a Google/Blogger feature that lets me see how many hits each of my posts are getting.  Below is a graph they provide showing the most popular posts during the month of May.  This is typical, in that the most popular posts are related to fixing a faulty hood sensor on Land Rover LR3s.  This is a common problem with LR3s and it may even apply to other LR models.  I actually have 3 posts on that topic, with cross-links among them to help readers see what I learned.  It's super easy to replace the switch.  I'm glad that I'm able to help others.

The statistics provided even show what search strings were used in major search engines that led them to my blog.  It's interesting to see how many people land on my blog after searching for where Charles Manson was caught.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Coyote in Zion

This is the first time I've seen a coyote while hiking at Zion NP.  I see plenty of bighorn sheep, turkeys, deer, rattlesnakes, peregrine falcons, frogs, and more.  I was hiking on the east face of Lost Peak (aka Peak 6460) when I spotted it.  The first photo is for context and doesn't show the coyote.