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Subject:Zion Trip
Time:08:36 pm
On Sunday we went up to Zion National Park for a picnic and to roam around in nature for a bit.  I adore Zion.  It's so much more intimate than the Grand Canyon... I really feel like I can get *in* the canyons without killing myself or requiring a pack mule. One minute you're in the canyon and then a simple drive up and through the tunnel and you're above them looking down and in an entirely different world with the massive crossbedding in the red and white sandstone.  Just sheer beauty. Plus, it's not so large and grandiose that it doesn't overwhelm you.  It's odd, but I relate the three canyon parks to three Pink Floyd albums.  Bryce Canyon is Wish You Were Here... small, sharp, and exquisitely beautiful to the point that sometimes you want to cry to see/hear it.  Grand Canyon is The Wall... massive, a spectacular achievement, and almost so overwhelming it's hard to appreciate.  And Zion is Dark Side of the Moon... welcoming, encompassing, and gorgeous in it's own right.

Photos are behind the cut (and believe me, they don't do it justice)....




The Virgin River... we played around here for about an hour.  The four year old was making sand angels and the seven year old was poking many things with a stick.

 
 
Near the entrance of the Park.


 
Up above the main canyon looking into a smaller canyon.  The maple trees were turning and were the most amazing red.  So I had to take a few pictures of those.


 
 Another view with the trees in the canyons and the crossbedding above.


 
Big Horn Sheep... the ram had just moved down and out of view when I took the photo, but there was another ewe just off to the left and behind the rocks.



TIny little frog my son found (he's holding it so you can see how tiny it really is.)  The photo just doesn't show how silver it really is.  We put him back to finish sunning himself on the rocks in the dry stream bed we were walking in.



October 15 is supposed to be the day bloggers post something about the environment.  I'm a few hours early here (at least in my time zone).  But I hope by looking at the photos I've posted you feel a little more inclined to preserve the beauty these few and far between spaces provide to us.
 
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sobelle
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Time:2007-10-15 04:44 am (UTC)
OMG! They're ALL beautiful! the colors of the rocks hills and foliage is fantastic!!

And the Big Horn shot? It couldn't have been more perfect if you'd convinced her to pose!

I'd say you did good for preserving *and sharing* the beauty of those spaces!

(nice little frog too :)
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-15 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. That little frog was just amazing to me. And he was teeny tiny, he's lucky he didn't get squashed by accident.
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piplover
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Time:2007-10-15 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, that's gorgeous! Even though I lived in AZ I never did make it to any of the canyons. Hopefully I'll be able to make it one day, because those pictures are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-15 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you really should go see the canyon lands, they are all incredible. My grandfather was in his 70s before he finally came out to see them. It was something he had always wanted to do but just never did until I moved out west and he and my grandmother drove out and stopped along their trip to see these things. So, it's never too late!
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liresius
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Time:2007-10-15 09:14 am (UTC)
Wow! They're all beautiful but the Big Horn one really stands out.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-15 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I just wish the ram had stood still because he was amazing. But he had no desire to stick around. The ewes were gawking down at the people gawking back up at them. *G*
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-15 01:08 pm (UTC)
The colors really are incredible in Zion. I love the contrast between the white and red sandstones there that you don't get at alot of the other parks. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks!
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alipeeps
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Time:2007-10-15 12:35 pm (UTC)
Wow. Gorgeous photos. They give at least a glimpse of the majesty that you must experience actually being there.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-15 01:09 pm (UTC)
It really is amazing there, the scenery and the colors are just spectacular. And Zion doesn't get half the attention of some of the other parks... which is another reason that I love it. *G* Thanks so much!
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vamysteryfan
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Time:2007-10-15 02:32 pm (UTC)
I love the photos. The ewe looks like she's posing for you. nd the little frog is so sweet.

I've been to the Grand Canyon twice, but never to Bryce or Zion. I have to make it out there.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-16 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Zion really is worth the trip. Bryce too, but it's a little more work for us to get there whereas Zion is just a few hours away so we can do a day trip. So that's where we go much more often than the others.
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margec01
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Time:2007-10-16 12:35 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures! I haven't been to Bryce or Zion since I was in my late teens. I go to Vegas often enough, I really should try to make it back there again sometime.
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margec01
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Time:2007-10-16 12:36 am (UTC)
By the way, can you still drive through Zion in your car? I thought they were changing it to trams, like I've heard they did with the Grand Canyon. It has made me not want to go back to any of them, since they're so overcrowded now.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-16 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They do have shuttle service and between 10 am and 3 pm they claim all the parking in the park is full so they don't let you drive in unless you're just driving through. But I think that really only applies to the main canyon where the Lodge and the Narrows are located. To go down that you have to have a special permit (i.e. staying at the Lodge) or take the shuttle. And although I've never taken the shuttle I heard good things about it from a friend... no hassle with trying to find a parking spot, lots of stops and pickups, very little waiting. We parked, had a picnic, and walked in and played by the river right at the entrance. Then we drove in and up through the tunnel and hung out up above (that's my favorite part anyway so that was fine by me). But once we were in and up there, it wasn't crowded at all. I wouldn't go in the middle of summer if you don't want crowds. This time of year is great and it's just gorgeous with the leaves changing. So you should definitely go!
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margec01
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Time:2007-10-16 02:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the info. This is the time of year I'd prefer to go anyway--not nearly as hot! And I'm glad to hear it's still reasonably uncrowded now as well.

I don't remember too much from Zion, lo those many years ago, but my mind's eye picture is of the tunnel. We had a camper on a truck and I was a bit freaked if there was enough room. My dad, though, was his normal phelgmatic self, so no problem!

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