Utah trip May 2005

Lan and I took a trip to Utah over the Memorial Day weekend (end of May) 2005. We saw rocks, a lot of rocks. However, many of them were very pretty.

On the way

We camped overnight at Kanarraville not far from the north entrance which was exciting if only because it was the first time we used our tent, bought soon after our trip to South Dakota in 1996! We weren't really prepared for how cold it was at night.

At a rest stop by I-70 in Utah
San Raphael Canyon - another rest stop by I-70

Zion National Park

The crush of people has forced the Park Service to ban private vehicles and introduce buses instead which works wonderfully. At Zion, you are in the valley looking up, way up. I think it is 2000ft (600m) down from the land outside the park and much warmer. Too warm in fact; July and August must be unbearable.

Waterfall near Temple of Sinawava
Great White Throne
View from the path to the Weeping Rock
Weeping Rock
Wildflower. Let me know if you can identify it.
Lan, hot and tired, finds refreshing waterfall.
The Virgin River. It doesn't seem big enough to carve a canyon this large.
The Three Patriachs.
Come back in a million years and you might see an arch.
Rock apparently oozing near the east entrance.
Also near the east entrance. Note the color of the road.
Did we really pay $70 for a night at this hotel in Panguitch?

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is now my equal favorite National Park (with Arches. It is beautiful and unusual.

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Queen’s Garden looking from above. Panorama!
In the Queen
Interesting twisted tree truck
The view from Rainbow Point (over 9000 ft).
Natural Bridge
Bryce Point (or was this Inspiration Point?). Either way it was stunningly beautiful.
The cabin we stayed in at Teasdale. Just $4 more than a tent site, security from the wind and no setting up or taking down.

Capitol Reef National Park

We visited this Park because it has a star rating in the AAA guide for Colorado—and because we had to drive past the front gate to get home from Bryce Canyon. While not as spectacular as the other two, it was a worthwhile diversion.

Wildflower. Can anyone identify this?
Somewhere in the park
Somewhere else, a little further in.
Somewhere else nearby the other somewhere else.
Interesting tree. It’s resting.
On the way out. Same as the way in but we saw it going in this direction.
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