The Watchman

The Watchman

Monday, October 17, 2011

Welcome To Camp Wixom

There are two things I require when camping - accessibility to clean water and flush toilets.  If I have those two things, there isn't much that a little ibuprofen can't cure.  Luckily, I have a husband who likes his toys and  camping is a favorite pastime, so we have lots of camping toys.  Each year for Fall Break, we load up the family and go camping in Zion National Park.
Camp Wixom

Camp Bee

This year, our friends the Bees came too.  They didn't have quite as many toys, but since we were in adjoining campsites, this was not a problem.  It was great having them with us.  Here are the top ten things we do when camping:

1. Hang out around the campfire:

Wil, the Eagle Scout, helping Logan, a new Scout, 
Jon reading his book.  This year he brought two, just in case.

Warming up in the morning
2. Climb rocks:

If you go up, you must come down.

3. Play in the water:

4. Look for wildlife:

This deer walked right through our camp

5. Eat:
Rick cooking another delicious meal in his kitchen
Greg and Cindy enjoying their meal
Hot chocolate in the morning

Anna and Emily enjoying ice-cream at Zion Lodge
6. Hike:

7. Explore:

Sign on the way to Grafton

Petroglyphs in the canyon

Anna writing her name in the sand
Adding her prints to the animal tracks
8. Practice our cheesy smiles:

I wonder what Nataly is thinking.
9. Enjoy the amazing scenery:
The Watchman



Checkerboard Mesa
10. Just relax:

We enjoy staying in the Watchman Campground in Zion National Park.  This year we were later than usual in making our reservations and the sites were almost all booked.  If you decide to camp here, I would suggest making your reservation no later than four months in advance.  The Watchman Campground is the only campground in the park that accepts reservations.  This is done through  The South Campground is first come/first serve and fills up quickly during the busy season.

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