Monday 19 May

Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
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Trip End Oct 27, 2008


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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Monday 19th May
 
We set off early for Zion National Park - a famous park for its scenery. We took the long way around, via a dirt road which turned out to be quite an adventure in itself. It was quite a relief when we got on the tarmac again. We arrived at Zion and took the free shuttle bus system up into the canyon to see the sights. We did a couple of short mile walks but it was very hot. There were climbers way up on the canyon sides over 1000ft high - they were so small you could hardly see them. Zion is famous for waterfalls and incredibly high cliffs and we were at the bottom rather that at the top as we were at the Grand Canyon. The park isn't very big unless you are prepared to hike or climb so we were done by lunchtime. We headed up out of the park and had to leave via a mile long tunnel which was so narrow that the rangers had to stop all the traffic so we could fit. We drove down the centre of the road through the tunnel and out onto the plateau beyond - quite an experience. The park staff use a baton (like a relay baton) to keep track of the vehicles in the tunnel so that no-one has a head-on collision.
 
We then drove onwards to Bryce Canyon National Park which is a great one to see in the afternoon. It isn't very big but it is certainly a site to behold. It consists of thousands of towering red, orange and white pillars some topped by rocks larger than their peaks. Mixed into this sight are tall pine trees. We walked down a very steep zigzagged path into the heart of these towers - and even under some of them, quite an adventure.
 
We left Bryce quite late 6:30 pm and headed for another State Park called Kodachrome and arrived as it got dark to find that the park was full! We waited for the Ranger who thankfully put us into a disabled person's site right next to the showers and toilets.
 
We retired late and quite exhausted.
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