Slow Camping

The time has come, folks. It is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. We reached Southwestern Utah’s Ponderosa Ranch & Resort yesterday around 3:30 pm Mountain Time (again, confusing, but we’ve finally figured it out. Arizona is on PT time from spring to fall, and MT time from fall to spring because it simply doesn’t change its clocks. Ever.). With a nervous eye, we rounded the shower and pool area to find our Chuckwagon cum Hotel Room at the base of the hill. It looks like this.

All the clothing you see on the picnic table is ours. It’s the entire contents of one of our bags that was the unlucky recipient of our 5 gallon water jug that dripped unwittingly on it allllll afternoon. Nice.

Hey, at least we’re number 1 (as in Wagon #1, pronounced “way-gun” in, um Montanian – our receptionist is from Montana, dontchaknow). And, as Husband joked, when we have dinner at the lodge, we can put it “on the wagon” as in “on the room”. As you can see, there isn’t much of that either. But the upside is it is indeed the kids’ favorite overnight place thusfar. And it’s like camping (it rained buckets last night), only you’re on a full-blown mattress with sheets and all.

And you stay dry. Oh, and there’s maid service.

You gotta love the West for all its amenities. Slow camping at its best with air conditioning in the main building (and free WiFi) when you need it most. After hiking five hours in 100F heat in Zion National Park today, we were ready to flop and feed. We did just that and are happier for it!


  1. Ruth Jackson

    August 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for sharing… I’m with the kids…this beats all motels, “Bar” None:) LOL

  2. Willow

    August 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    What a way to end a vacation of a lifetime!

  3. Vicki Casal

    September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Love Zion, it is by far my favorite places in Utah. If you get a chance (and it hasn’t been raining too much)) you have to do a Narrows hike through the river. Take a lunch . . . wish we had. Also wish we had done the Angels Landing hike (I think that is what it is called); not for the faint of heart though. All the more reason for a return trip.

    1. powerofslow

      September 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Indeed ~especially at 104°F°! We walked along the river and also to the Emerald Pools. Other than that, we tubed down the Virgin River. Quite a bloggable experience!

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