Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Zion and Grand Canyon, May 2008

We spent 10 days in Utah and Arizona for our 30th anniversary. (We took hundreds of pictures; here are just a few. Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them, and then click "back" to get back to the blog. Some of them look better when enlarged.)

We got to Zion at sunset on a stormy Thursday evening:

The next day, Friday, we hiked in the rain. Eventually, the sun came out on the wildflowers:

On Saturday, we were off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a showery and snowy day:

After spending Saturday night in an RV park in Jacob Lake, we found an isolated boondocking site near the East Rim:

How isolated? This is a view of the trailer from halfway down our quarter- mile "driveway," which branched off of a remote dirt road:

On a blustery Sunday evening, we took a sunset bike ride from our campsite to the East Rim Viewpoint:

On Monday, we hiked a couple of miles down into the canyon on the Kaibab Trail to a natural tunnel:

On Tuesday, we hiked the Widforss Trail, 10 miles long but not too hilly:

On Wednesday, we moved the trailer about 25 miles to the west on the Rainbow Rim at Locust Point:

If you click on that picture to enlarge it, you can see daylight under the trailer hitch. That's the rim itself. Here is the view from the door of the trailer:

We set up our lounge chairs on a windy ledge next to the trailer:

Our campsite was on Locust Point, in a lush Ponderosa pine forest. There were one or two other groups camping in the area; for some of the time, we were the only people within 20 miles:

Since we were spending several days away from civilization, we had no place to put our trash. We had to hang it up in a tree to keep the animals away:

For the next two days (Thursday and Friday), we rode the Rainbow Rim trail, which follows the rim around five points that resemble five fingers of the plateau overlooking the canyon. The trail meanders in and out of the forest:

Because it was only late May, the wildflowers were not yet in full bloom , but almost all of the snow had melted and the meadows were green:

We got up at 5 a.m. one morning to watch the sunrise:

This is almost the same shot, edited five years later in Lightroom:

The rides (over 18 miles each day) were challenging but exhilarating:

On Saturday, we headed back toward home through Zion and stopped to ride to the end of the canyon and back. This is one of our favorite road rides, since there is no traffic, the road is great, and the scenery can't be beat:


jim said...

I would think that you should make your pictures a little bigger. Otherwise it was great.

mountainman said...

Very nice job. The Canyonlands are awaiting your arrival! Lots of boondocking areas in the Needles Area of Canyonlands.

Melissa Faber said...

Loved the pictures and the descriptive dialogue. SO beautiful and am so impressed and jealous of all the exercise. Makes me take a deep breath and exhale...

Webber's said...

Thanks for sharing your blog on, great pictures!!!

bikingzionutah said...

The comfortable weather in the spring and fall is a great time to walk, hike and/or rent bikes.

Bike Tour in Zion

Rollin'Ragu' said...

Thanks for linking me here Dan! I'm going to find some of the same on the North Rim! -tragusa3