This past week we celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary in the land of Zion; which for us was Zion and Bryce National Parks. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast In Springdale, Utah and enjoyed that new experience. We are not world travelers by any means. Most of our vacations through the years have been in Utah. We visited Zion park years ago; but never really explored it. We decided this time to see the canyons up close by walking some of the trials and driving the bumpy back roads.
Backyard of the Bed and Breakfast~
Scenery from the Balcony
Day One - In Kolob Canyon~
Kolob Mountain Ranges~
Hidden from everyday view we came across a seldom seen waterfall and pool~
A view from Kolob lookout~
A Tree to lean on~ I was a little nervous because
the tree was on an edge of the Clift.
A Cactus Flower ~
Click on the collages for a bigger view of the picture~
Day Two - 6-12-13
We took a hike to the Emerald Pools. A two and half hour hike in the heat of the day ended at the Emerald Pools with the welcomed spray that fell from the canyon walls as several streamlets emptied into the box canyon. I was so happy when we reached the lodge and we cooled down and had a wonderful lunch.
Day Three - 6-13-13
For our Anniversary we spent most of the day visiting small towns near the mouth of the canyon. We returned in the evening to Springdale and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Switchback Restaurant. We had a great day!
Day Four - 6-14-13
We visited Bryce Canyon. I would have to say that the scenery here was the most incredible. The red rock formations were inspiring.The views were spectacular. We could see for miles across the canyon and into the valleys below.
Day Five - 6-15-13
We pulled up stakes and headed south to St. George, Utah.
On the way we visited a quaint frontier fort.
We spent the rest of the weekend in St. George visiting some family members~