My wonderful in-laws went with us and we spent several days meandering through some of our National Parks in southern Utah in what has to be some of the most magnificent and majestic scenery that God has ever created. With that said, I thought I would veer away from politics briefly and share some of the pictures we took on our trip.
We started our trip by staying near Moab, UT at a beautiful resort on the Colorado River called the Red Cliffs Lodge. This is a picture looking at the cliffs at sunrise from just outside the front door of our room.
Using Red Cliffs Lodge as our home base for the first couple of days, we explored the surrounding areas starting with the beautiful Fischer Towers.
The next day we all ventured into Arches National Park to see some of the beautiful red rock formations and natural arches created by untold millenia of weather and erosion.
The above picture is of balanced rock. If you look real closely you can see people at the base of the rock between it and the monolith to the right. That gives you an idea of the size of this monster. For some strange reason I am reminded of the roadrunner cartoons by these peculiar formations.
Below is a picture of just a few of the thousands of rock arches that give this beautiful park its name.
Below is a picture of Wall Street. This one is far prettier than the one in New York City.
The following day we ventured towards Canyonlands National Park and stopped at a Utah State Park called Dead Horse Point along the way. Dead Horse Point is a beautiful overlook that towers 2000 feet above the Colorado River below. The point of the mesa from which we took this picture is accessed by a very narrow span that is no wider than the width of the road. Legend has it that cowboys used to herd wild horses across this choke point onto the mesa and then built a fence at the narrow point to corral them in there. At one point, the cowboys didn't get back to the horses in time and they died there due to thirst on this arid mesa overlooking the Colorado River below, hence the name of the park... so legend goes.
From there we took our leave and wandered to Capitol Reef National Park. At one point within the park, etched into the side of the canyon walls are ancient Anasazi Indian petroglyphs which are still visible today. Unfortunately there are signs of idiots that have carved their initials into the wall by these petroglyphs. The foolishness and short-sightedness of some people never ceases to amaze me, especially in such beautiful places.
These days of Indian summer were warm and pleasant on our trip and all of nature seemed to be enjoying the sunshine before the first snows come to Utah. My wife captured this picture of a Monarch butterfly that was flitting about the wild flowers near the petroglyphs.
From there we headed to one of my most favorite places on earth: Bryce Canyon National Park. Nowhere else in all of my travels have I found scenery as unique and as mysteriously awesome in the truest definition of the word than at this park.
In previous years on our journey to Bryce, my wife, youngest daughter, and I would hike down into the canyon amongst these sand stone "hoo doo" spires and be lost in wonder at the beauty of this canyon. Unfortunately on this trip there would be no such hikes for us this time.