Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Zion Is Best Seen In A Convertible

The soaring rock formations of Zion National Park in SW Utah rise up from the canyon sharply, abruptly, shooting into the sky all around you when you enter this beautiful national park from the East entrance.  We'd had Celeste's top up, after traveling near 70 mph over Utah state roads.  While waiting for a bus to come through the 1+ mile Zion tunnel, we "transformed" and popped Celeste's top down 30 minutes before sunset. 
Pictures can't really capture the breath-taking views in Zion.  The sharp geography, the prismatic color displays from iron, sulfur, copper, and various other elements and minerals, sandstone, granite, and more layers of rock than a non-geologist can remember all combine to Stun the person seeing it for the very first time.  If you bred Bryce Canyon, and Sedona, and then fed their child more steroids than Barry Bonds could ever dream of injecting, and then amplified the Z axis (the vertical one) the way the weather man does on the local news when the clouds look like they are 50 or 60 miles high, that's basically the same scale of Zion's impressive canyons.
 One evening and one morning is not enough time to fully appreciate Zion.   Such a short exposure makes one helluva powerful impression, but I feel there was so much more of the park we did not see, and definitely want to go back someday to explore further, on a weekday, when throngs of idiocracy are not clogging the trails and buses and restaurants.

1 comment:

  1. This looks fantastic.

    There is a reason they became national parks.

    We went to the Tetons and to Sequoia - we also drove through Yosemite. They are incredible! I've heard great things about Zion - but when we were passing through the area, it was 100+ degrees. We didnt' want to camp there, it was simply too hot.


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