Where we were on October 1st, 2016?
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Zion National Park
The famous view of the Box at Zion, with the high plateau left of center rising 4,000 feet above the valley floor. What a display of awesome power!
Majestic massive walls in the valley carved by the Virgin River flowing just 70 miles from the Cedar Breaks area. Zion Park and the canyon is only one of two such formations in the Western National Parks. Can you name the other canyon carved by the flow of a mighty river? I'll help ya! The Grand Canyon hewed by the Colorado River.
But we're here at Zion and are held in bewilderment by the raw beauty of His handy work. This is magnificent splendor for our eyes and minds to behold.
A friend from a photographer's blog, where we both participate, posted this photograph recently. What a capture he made in Zion Park of these two Mountain Sheep. I asked his permission to use this on this page of Zion NP, and Richard Bush of Ogden, UT was happy to allow us to include his contribution. Note the detail of the eyes of this old ram.
Thank you Richard.
US 12 through the Park
Now for the rest of the story! US 12 is spectacular, and it is 'Oh My Gosh' at every turn. The first day we elected to just drive through taking what ever photographs that the pull outs and traffic would allow. We did not make this in the Winnie but just the pickup. I'm driving and for the first time Miss Dottie is taking pictures with my Canon camera, as we drove. I'll brag on her Photographic Eye. She did an accomplished job!!
They are now controlling traffic, and it is one way through the 1.5 mile tunnel. In the Center over the strip one had 13' 2" clearance; so a modest size Motorhome would pass especially with one way controlled traffic.
They are waiting their turn to enter the tunnel. How about The rocky and narrow road bed and the heavy traffic.
I had to include this one. If you'll look to the right side of the picture, you will see Hansel Adams, "Dottie", reflected in the rear view mirror just snapping away. I'd best be careful, or she'll want to move up to a Canon from the camera on her iPhone.
The Loop to Cedar Breaks National Monument
We took about a 100 mile drive through the park, then drove north on US 89 and across the mountain on UT 14 to Cedar City and back on I-15 to Hurricane; where we had parked the Motorhome.
The drive across on Hwy 14 was magical, and we caught the Utah fall colors in full bloom. The crest was over 10,000, so it was a delightful and rewarding experience. On top of all that, we were able to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument.
This is complete serenity with this meandering mountain stream gliding into the Great Basin. Enlarged you'll notice a young lady taking pictures of her friends.
The Cedar Break Ridge was formed by a volcanic eruption. This photo is priceless with the beautiful Aspen popping out of the Malpais.
Then high on the Lava Ridge is Navajo Lake, which incidentally, is the head waters for the Virgin River. The Virgin River gave us the magnificently carved Zion National Park.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
The 10,700' elevation at Cedar Breaks tops what we experienced at Bryce NP, so the geography of the Colorado Plateau comes immediately back to a similar pattern. Remember Rainbow Point at Bryce was at 9.100 feet.
At the Visitor's Center, which was a small but very quaint structure setting on top of the Mountain, there was the wonderful view through a large plate glass window. I couldn't resist taking this photo. If one looks to the top edge you'll notice the beams of the roof.
When walking around outside, the cloud deck had moved and was over shadowing the canyon walls. I was happy that I had taken the first picture from inside the Lodge.
Now doesn't this immediately take you back to Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon? We'll add this to our cometary. If one only had time to visit Zion National Park and could not go on to Bryce Canyon, this leisurely day we spent on making the Loop and Cedar Breaks would give one an great appreciation of Bryce NP. In fact it might ever wet one's appetite to return and make Bryce a must on ones travel list.
Back to Zion
We took the Park Service tour bus, which is now the only way one can access the main drive into Zion Canyon. At the end of the loop we walked the mile or so of trail to the Virgin River Narrows.
Being immersed within the towering walls of the canyon made one feel totally insignificant. We were just a Fly Spec of creation and so delighted to feel a part of this creation.
Many waded the stream bed up the canyon, but we opted out on the joy of this wet and cold experience.
Zion Lodge Walk
We moseyed down the trail from the Shuttle Bus stop of Panorama to the Lodge. I needed to keep the ole Girl in back packing shape and then immediately caught her in the act of herding this poor little doe.
There were three other Mule Deer, two doe and a spiked Buck, along the walk; who calmly kept about their business, as we wandered by. Not the best focus on the photo, but lovely animals don't need a sharp focus to be lovely in their environment.
Now guys remember those days while deer hunting, when you came across deer sign (for you ladies that would be deer droppings). This alway excited us as we knew they were in the vicinity, and if the droppings were warm, Man, keep a sharp eye, for sure he is just around the corner and sure as heck watching you.
Well, now we know whence came the droppings. This yearling spiked buck is guilty
Civilian Conservation Corps
One must appreciate the young men who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps of the late 1930's. The unemployment rate at that time was 25%, and it was impossible for young men to even think of finding a job. President Franklin Roosevelt guided us through these perilous times partly by creating two public works groups: The WPA and the CCC. They were each doing public works projects, but most importantly he put men to work. They had jobs, and this created the self dignity of work.
As you travel in our National Parks and through our Nations Forest you are probably enjoying the fruits of their labor. But let me add one more observation of their contribution. By 1939 when it was invertible that the US would be entering WWII, from the ranks of the CCC boys and the WPA came the hardened corps of youth who knew how to work. They formed the many branches in our Army, Navy, Marines, and US Corp of Engineers leading us on to victory in that World War. Most of these lads have now passed on, but their works we still enjoy.
Dottie is thanking this young CCC Lad at the Zion Lodge. Good looking kid he is too!
We'll close our awesome visit to Zion with these pictures, and hope they offer you a lasting memory of the beauty and sacredness of this canyon.
Magnificent and Towering Zion!
We're going to leave Beautiful Southern Utah and mosey over to Page, AZ to visit Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon. So stay hitched and we'll go together.