Hoodoos to the Grand Canyon and Beyond....
22/09/2009 80 °F
[/u] Our plans to do weekly uploads of pictures and blogs has sort of fallen to the wind...... You'd think a family of three on vacation could find the time to sit down at a computer and tap out a few words...... Our ability to tell time and read a calendar has been seriously affected.... Most days we have to ask Shane (the time keeper) what day it is. Vacation is great.
We'll pick up where Shane left off, in the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. What a far-out place, really felt like you were in some ancient, arid, land a couple thousand years ago.
A couple more hours west lies Zion Nat'L Park. We were under the impression it would be similar to Bryce and were ready for more hot, dry, red rock formations.... Being a few thousand feet higher in the sky, we were pleasantly surprised by cooler weather, actual trees, and some amazing rock and water. The Virgin River carved out some amazing canyons and chasms and is still hard at work here. We found a 'suitable' campsite just 1/2 mile away from the park entrance and right in the adorable town of Springdale. There was a shuttle, so Keith got a break from the unhooking, driving, rehooking, the RV business. By the way, Keith is an amazing captain and may have a future in tour bus operating.
Hikes we did here are some of our favourites so far. #1 The Narrows, follows the Virgin River into a narrow canyon for miles. You hike in and out of the very cool, flowing river, sometimes up to our bellybuttons (Shane's shoulders). The canyon walls were staight up and down, rising so high we felt like we were in N.Y. City. #2 Hidden Canyon, a hike that leads you far above the river and back into a, well....hidden canyon. Once the trail ended, it was a free for all scramble onto rocks and a sandy wash in between two walls of rock....we felt like we were the only ones there. #2....tough to decide, was Angel's Landing, a serious climb into the sky. We made it past the first set of chains bolted to the cliff side, but couldn't quite justify the last 1/2 mile. A narrow spine of rock with 1,000 feet of sheer drop off on either side, we made the decision to save it for Shane to do when he returns with a little more mass on his body.
We had a little side trip Las Vegas from Zion, hello civilization. With a night or two in a hotel, a ride on the monorail, the dancing lights of Bellagio, and a big gelato....Shane was ready to collapse. To Hoover Dam! What an amazing sight that is. The Dam tour was great, and Shane thought the whole Dam thing was pretty cool ( and fun to talk about )!! Thank you Las Vegas.