Last Day at Snow Canyon

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

It was a warm night last night only getting down to 31˚.  We have been disconnecting our water hose each night since it froze.  It makes life simpler.

We drove just outside the upper park and found the White Rocks Trail.  This led us to huge petrified creme-colored dunes, actually larger than any others in the area.  The trail was easy until we climbed into the natural amphitheater.  It’s a huge place and would be a natural setting for a concert, if the gear were transported by helicopter.  The acoustics seemed good and Lynn demonstrated by singing her falsetto version of the Allelulia. I was shooting a video at the time, but caught only the very end.  You may be able to hear it yourself, if you listen closely.  The sand there closely resembled that on a beach near the ocean...very fine and smooth.

We hiked back to the car and went to Shorty’s for lunch.  Our next spot was Jenny’s Canyon.  It’s near the bottom of the park and entails only a short walk.  More than a canyon, it’s a cleft in the high red stone.  It’s only about twelve feet wide and stretched about three hundred feet into the opening to the sky. It’s about fifty yards long.  I got only one shot of the texture of the walls.  In places, there of a honeycomb texture.  The redness of the stone is beautiful.

On our way back to camp, we came upon a grout of rock climbers.  We spent about half an hour watching their progress.  The first two were impressive, but we later noticed who I call the “Master Climber”.  He scaled higher and more adeptly and with more excitement for us.  He got to about two hundred feet above his starting point.  I got seven photos of him as he progressed .  I wish I had an email address for the group, since some of the shots turned our very nice.

The rest of the afternoon we just hung out.  It got into the high fifties and we enjoyed the warmth.  We’re having “breakfast for dinner” tonight, so I cooked the bacon outside with  our tried and true vintage 1968 electric fry pan.  We haven’t eaten yet, but I must admit I’m looking forward to Lynn’s famous scrambled eggs.

We’ll leave here tomorrow, unfortunately.  It’s one of our most favorite campgrounds and we’ll be back, I’m sure.  It’s about 120 miles to Las Vegas, where we’ll do laundry and visit again with our friend Pat.  All in all, it’s been a wonderful stay here.
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Dennis on

Some impressive rock formations and great photography Ralph. Thanks for sharing.

Jerry on

Looks like another nice trip ahead, Ralph.
Guess I missed the vidoe of Lynn's singing.. Was it not included or did I miss it

ferd on

Jeeez...great pics and weather...climbers really "super"! Nice country...keep 'un coming! Hugs

Debbie Shea on

Looks and sounds wonderful. The snow is going to start flying here tomorrow, bet your sad to be missing that.
Be safe, love yas

Sus on

Incredible pictures.....wish I was there also. It is cold and not so snowy here. We are of course expecting snow the next couple of days. I ran by your house Sat. (Fat Ass 50 route) things were looking good. Looked dark tho....didn't like that made me lonesome. Love yas

mnoble61 on

Ah Zion....visited there a few times in the last couple years....great scenery. Did you try Angel's landing? Great hiking all over and the pictures of the climbers were nice ....not sure I would do that kinda climbing....maybe when I was younger and more sure of my physical strength....You are missing the snow here (not) which is around 15" in the last day.....Your driveway looks pretty and untouched. Happy trails.

Don Peterson on

Looks like a great place, Ralph. It's now on my list of places to visit. Beautiful pix. Thanks for sharing.

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