(May 3 – 5, 2019) In Bryce Canyon National Park, I stayed at Ruby’s Inn Campground, only for two nights. The campground in Bryce Canyon National Park was already fully booked before my plan. National park campgrounds cost an average $20(+/-) for night. No tax. For people over 62 years old, it is a half price. Something to look forward to! Staying at Ruby’s Inn Campground, just setting up a tent for two nights cost me $75.56 (with tax). It was nice to take unlimited minutes of hot showers at this place; however, there is no guest lounge other than a laundry facility. When it was cold and cloudy during the day, I drove to town and stayed in the hotel lounge pretending to be a hotel guest charging my electronic devices. I saw a big bus load of Korean tourists staying at Ruby’s Inn Hotel. The next day, I saw a bus load of Chinese tourists at the hotel.
The first night staying at Bryce Canyon, the thermostat dropped to 28f. Surprisingly, I slept well in my sleeping bag inside my tent. Getting up the next morning, I saw crisp frost on my tent and my car. The cold weather stopped me from doing many things. I realized I didn’t write any journal articles during this time. Instead, I stayed like a mummy inside my zipped sleeping bag and enjoyed reading books.
Last month (April) it cost me about $300 for gas, driving from Las Cruces in New Mexico, Phoenix in Arizona, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks in California, Zion National Park in Utah, and to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. My car made almost 30 miles per gallon on the flat highway without the A/C running. I was impressed. It looks like it averages about 25 miles per gallon with/without A/C or heater driving hilly or flat highway areas. In between, I have my car engine oil changed second time after leaving home and air filter replaced. This time at Jiffy’s Lube in the City of Washington in Utah.