Friday, May 02, 2014

April Vacation to Utah Natl Parks

April 19-26
7 days, 6 nights, 2440 miles
Seeing the sites of Utah
Park City, Moab/Arches, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon/Lake Powell, and Bryce Canyon
Beautiful...not restful
Camped five nights, with our coldest night reaching 27 degrees and another night being blasted by sand from high winds...not all bad though, we enjoyed some campfire times with camp food and Smore's to the boys great delight; stayed with dear friends in Salt Lake that we knew back from our months of living in Vegas (possibly the only non-Mormons around (definitely in the severe minority))...and spent our final night at a lovely Hampton Inn in Twin Falls, ID.

Playing in snow above Park City, Utah

Hans enjoying snow bib sledding

Thad looking oh so mature here

Resort in mountains

View from Fisher's Tower
21 miles from Arches Natl Park/ Moab, Utah

Fisher's Tower

Sticking together

Intense sun

Desert Bloom is a beautiful time to be in the desert...April 2014

Monument Valley
View on our drive south toward Lake Powell in Arizona

Our traveling companions

Glen Canyon Natl Park

Lake Powell, Az

Reservoir behind the dam

Lake Powell at Sunset

Checking out the pool and hot tub, which the boys enjoyed the following morning

View from Wahweap campground and resort

Off the pavement
40 mile drive on dirt road (taking the backroads to Bryce Canyon, through Cottonwood Canyon

Our Minivan treats us well, whether we treat her well or not...

Afternoon nice to be out of the car seat!

So much color and variation in these rocks  A 2D picture just can't do it justice

Natural Bridge in Cottonwood Canyon

25 weeks
Camped 5 nights in a tent
Travelled 2440 miles in 6 days

Bryce Canyon from Sunrise Point

Intense Blue Sky at 8000 ft
and a day without Chemtrails to my delight!

I see Alf in this Hoodoo
Hoodoo is the name for this geological formations caused by the intense erosion of Bryce Canyon

Snack break on the trail

Two natural bridges

The Ascent on the Navajo Loop trail
I remembered this part from 1986 trip to Bryce with my parents

View from Sunset point

Champagne Mangos amongst friends at end of the trail for instant energy

Our Group

A remnant of winter's snow on the left north facing ridge

Massive Natural Bridge

I see Pharoah in this Hoodoo... :o)

I found it interesting how much my brain would find faces in the rock.  It must be trying to create some sort of semblance of it all and thus faces just pop out everywhere in the shadows of the rocks.