Sunday, April 06, 2008

Zion National Park

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Last weekend we went to Zion National Park in Utah. It seems like forever ago already.

Zion is a smaller park and I think this is its charm. There are lots of trails to go wander about, and when you need to get back together with the rest of your group, you don't have to worry so much about any prolonged trip to get to your meeting point, like you would for the larger parks. We got in three days' worth of long hikes. Well, yeah, I got two days in, and one more mellow day to ramble and sketch. There's plenty of that climbing uphill stuff, if you're inclined to do that, and a good deal of walking along the flat, as well. We discovered an unexpected grotto and saw mule deer and wild turkey up close and personal.

More from Zion National Park Click to see this photo's flickr page

On the way back, we swung by the Grand Canyon (now that's a detour) for sunset and the next morning's sunrise. Drove back to California and stopped for a break at a marina in Needles. And then the next day, we were back at work!

More photos and sketches of red rock, here.


ournene said...

Zion is my favorite national park. Went there a few times when I lived in Utah. Angel's Landing was one of my favorites. A brutal hike, but so worth the view! It even inspired me, a some time sketcher, to sketch the view.

Wendee said...

Jan wanted to make Angel's Landing, but didn't. We hiked partway up the day before, and I opted out of that the second time 'round. Geh! :)

Plain Jane said...

Hi Wendee dear! I haven't been blog reading lately and have missed you! sorry. Too busy, trying to slow down a bit come May.
Zion looks lovely. I can't believe I've never been there. It's on my list! So glad you getting sketching time!