Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog










It would be hard to find a more naturally picturesque part of the world than southern Utah/northern Arizona. It's almost as arid as where we've been the last few months, but a bit more rain makes all the difference. The bright red earth, the bright blue sky, the bright green plants, bizarre rock formations - a feast for the eyes wherever you go. In town and in our campground trees are loaded with pink and white blossoms and leaves are bursting forth. Spring is here.

We drove to Sand Hollow State Park, a fairly new park created when a dam made a lake where large, fecund Mormon families were fishing, swimming and zipping around the lake in boats with over sized engines. Trucks and RV's hauled huge trailers filled with HOV's. Running off road vehicles across the bright red sand dunes is THE thing to do around here. It would have been nice to camp here, but it's the weekend and things were full.

Then we drove on to Zion National Park and enjoyed driving the park road at our own pace where in a few weeks only shuttle buses will be allowed. The Virgin River runs through a narrow canyon surrounded by huge monoliths. There are only so many places to put a road and parking lots. We almost needed a shuttle bus today. We've had things to ourselves along with our fellow geezers the last few months, but now that spring break is here, things are feeling crowded. All those energetic unlined faces climbing rock faces, jogging down paths, throwing rocks into the water.

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