Image above is at the turn-off to Casto Canyon on Hwy 12 west of Bryce Canyon National Park
Just returned from a couple of days in Southwest Utah. The weather was great the entire trip with some good cloud cover most of the time. The first day I went to Kolob Canyons which is actually part of Zion National Park, although the entrance is just off Interstate 15 about 20 miles south of Cedar City, UT. The road through Kolob Canyons is 5 miles long and it passes several finger canyons. There are several hiking trails in this area. I hiked the Taylor Creek Trail which is about 5 miles round-trip. It is an easy hike that basically follows Taylor creek upstream. The trail crosses Taylor Creek several times. With the threat of rain and upon hearing thunder I turned around after about a mile or so.
Day two was spent at Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. At Bryce I hiked a couple of trails into the canyon (which is not really a canyon - more like an amphitheater) and got some shots with a different perspective from what you will see from the rim. While hiking I met a really nice couple from Holland. Their two boys were with them. The adults both spoke very good English, the boys not so much. They had been in the western United States for two weeks on holiday and were heading back to Vegas to catch a plane flight home. Or at least a connection to New York City. Also spent some time shooting at Red Canyon, UT just west of Bryce on Hwy 12.
Cedar Breaks National Breaks was my next stop. It is an amphitheater with formations similar to that at Bryce National Park. The elevation is 10,000 and due to snowfall, the access road is impassable at times during the winter months. There are big meadows in the area with a wide variety of wildflowers. It was actually pretty cool during my visit and the skies were dark gray and menacing looking. Upon returning to Cedar City, I stopped at Taco Bell, bought a crisp taco and a bean burrito with green sauce instead of red before heading to my base camp at Motel 6.
The next morning I decided to return home to Vock Canyon. Heading south from Cedar City and approaching St. George, UT, I attempted to find a way to the Red Rock Cliffs area just north of St. George. Was not able to find a road to that area but I accidentally happened upon Pioneer Park, an area of awesome rock formations. I stopped and spent a couple of hours shooting there.
My trip was cut short by a day or so. I also wanted to visit the main part of Zion National Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near Kanab, UT. The trip had started the trip on a happy note but by the end of the second day a wave of melancholy swept over me. Don't know why. Anyway, driving down to St. George I plugged in my mp3 player and began listening to Jackson Browne and started feeling a little better.
Just An Aside
Sometimes at home or while driving across the desert my mind will wander with random thoughts. One day a couple of weeks ago I was watching TV and I thought of Halle Berry. Within two minutes, I was thinking of Moms Mabley. It is strange how the mind works. Today on the way home, I had a string of thoughts that ended with me thinking of Harveys Bristol Creme Sherry. I won't disclose the thoughts that led me to me thinking of Harveys, but I stopped in Boulder City, NV, walked into Vons grocery store and bought a bottle. Have not had any Harvey Bristol Creme since the mid 70's but am sipping it as I write this blog.
Oh well, enough rambling for now. All in all, it was a good trip.