We got up the next morning, found some breakfast, then headed north on I-15 to Zion. On previous trips in this part of the country, I’d stuck to the interstate. The views were always awesome, but I wondered what getting off of the beaten path would yield. I was not disappointed!
Zion is a short trip off of I-15, just north on St. George, UT. We stopped at a little town called Springdale and looked at some rocks:
I decided then that I’d resist my rock collection obsession or else the car would be laden with 1000lbs as we headed over the Rockies later in the trip 😉 Erin got her Mom some earrings, and we headed into Zion proper. I didn’t know what to expect – I’d done some research for the trip, but I didn’t want to look at too many pictures before I saw it for myself.
There’s a $25 entry fee, then you leave your car at the visitor’s center and hop on a shuttle that runs the length of the park.
I’ll put a link in the blog to all of the pictures, but WOW! Just WOW! It was amazing:
Erin has the photography bug too. I got here here and I was using my iPhone – one of my favorite images from the trip:
I was drawn to the rocks mainly, while Erin loved the water features:
I got a new wide lens piece for my Lensbaby and tried it out here, but only got one or two interesting images:
I need to spend more time with it to learn how to get some part of the image in focus.
I can paste beautiful rock formation pictures in here all day:
I also got a 70-300 Canon IS lens to play with, and it didn’t disappoint:
Erin goes in search of more water pictures:
We encountered much wild life, such as the Thanksgiving bird:
We couldn’t find the stuffing gophers.
I was going to have some deep comments about ageless stone and modern technology, but I remembered that I’m not that deep:
Finally found some phone signal!
It was getting late and we needed to get to Bryce for the next day, so we headed out through the tunnel on Rt. 12:
and found even more amazing sights:
SOMEone was getting a little tired of stopping every 5 minutes to take pix, but I have to say – this was one of the most amazing drives I have ever made. Beautiful!
Good bye Zion. I’ll be back, and I promise to spend more that a day….