We were going to take the shuttle again today and enjoy the scenery, but the parking lots were full completely, even the overflow, so back out we came and consoled ourselves with the beautiful drive through the park and stopped at the many turnouts to capture the views. The skies were a brilliant blue, not a cloud in sight. It is in the 90's today, so we decided not to do a hike.....I know Eldy was disappointed that hiking was out of the question today.... (chuckle chuckle, from Sparky..I'm teasing Eldy because actually, Sparky doesn't enjoy hiking in the heat, either!) He's saving himself and his heel/problem foot for the Grand Canyon hoping not to aggravate it between here and there. Sounds like a good plan because there's some great hiking there!
I saw a sign that said "Please don't feed the wildlife." I thought, what wildlife? Gophers, ground squirrels, chipmunks? Birds? It's so dry here there can't be too many animals wandering around. And then we rounded a curve and saw this guy, (a young bighorn sheep?) just standing and staring at us as we went by. He didn't budge for a few minutes so I caught him on camera before he ambled off into the brush.
Here are some of the wonderful sights of Zion on the drive through the eastern portion of the park, driving through the Zion/Mount Carmel Tunnel. Which, by the way, IS accessible to smaller motorhomes which have to be escorted through the tunnel for a fee of 15.00, and that holds up traffic for awhile if one is coming through.There are "windows" cut through the tunnel but no place inside the tunnel to stop, get out and take a tunnel framed photo of the magnificence of the sandstone mountains and terrain. Darn, I kept trying to get Eldy to stop and let me hop out at one of the cutouts for viewing (and possible escape exits?) but he just wouldn't stop for the perfect photo. Couldn't have been the ten cars behind us, I suppose?
|Checkerboard Mosaic "mountain"|