Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

The Milky Way Over Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

Monday, June 23, 2014, Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT, - 145.7 miles,11,189.7 For the Trip

While I did manage to post the last 4 days journals & photos during a short stop at Ruby's Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park, I still don't have internet here at Kodachrome. I'll make some updates to this post tomorrow morning as I drive through (well, I'll probably stop). After a late lunch at Ruby's Fast Food Restaurant,( a shrimp basket) I headed into Bryce. Just as beautiful as ever, and still difficult to photograph. I've tried different times of day, weather, etc, but am never pleased with the result. After a couple of stops I headed back to Kodachrome.

I'm in site 3, a full hookup site for $28.00. Only bad thing about it (other than the infamous June southern Utah gnats) is it is about as far as you can get from the showers & still be in the park. After a second walk around the campground, I have to take back my complaint about the distance from the showers. Seems there is another restroom building hidden by some trees that is pretty close.

More later.

Not much more - Since I had a late lunch, I'm only having cheese & crackers for dinner. Today is the first time of the trip I've felt the need to run the AC. 100°F outside & 98°F when I got back to the trailer. It sure feels nice & cool now!

The gnat/no-see-ums/midge bites on my lower legs are itching like mad; even worse than Florida's chigger bites. I sprayed some Bactine which will help. Of course the real solution would be to stop scratching, but you know that isn't going to happen!

Right now (at 6:00PM) there is a mixture of blue sky & clouds. If the clouds go away, I'll try for some Milky Way photos. I managed to shoot an interesting one with the trailer under the stars the last time I was here, but is was a clear night.

On edit Tuesday morning - The sky cleared completely by 1:00AM, so I took a few photos. I'm sitting in the parking lot for an abandoned Pizza stop at the entrance to the Ruby Village area of Bryce doing this post. Heading to Cedar City and hope to have an internet connection.

Until later -


  1. I am glad you got to spend some time in Utah. So much diversity (of environments!) and open space here. Love your pictures of dark skies.

    1. While I love the variety of upstate New York, Utah is definitely the most photographic state in the lower 48.