Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hiking Zion













And a few more:


Zion/Bryce/Mt. Messiaen Loop (from sunrise to sunset)

We left at dawn, driving through Zion on the way to Bryce Canyon. We stopped along the way to take in the amazing beauty.









To get to Bryce Canyon, you have to drive past (and through) some amazing red rocks:





As we drove to Bryce, gaining elevation, the snow started to mount.  Bryce was knee deep, so we stuck to the rim trail. Incredibly beautiful, but I really wish I had brought my snow shoes!   Someday I'll get below the rim.





Wee little man.
After Bryce, we headed north through Dixie National Forest to Mount Messiaen. We found the mountain, but could not find the plaque dedicating the pinnacles to Glenn's favorite composer. The trail was probably hidden under the snow. (Another reason to come back in the summer).





The sun was setting as we approached Zion,  and the red rocks were glowing again.





If you want to see a lot of snow covered rocks, and some more goats, double click below:






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Zion Bound

We left before dawn, driving from Prescott, over Mingus Mountain down into Sedona, across northern Arizona, past the Vermillion cliffs (where the clouds were hanging just below the rim), through the Kaibab National Forest (where winter was in full swing), and into Utah and Zion National Park (where the mountain goats were kind enough to pose for photos).  I'm looking forward to hiking in the park on Thursday, but just driving through it was incredibly impressive.

Prescott Valley

Sedona

Northern Arizona

Vermillion Cliffs

Kaibab National Forest

Mountain Goats of Zion


Leaving Zion (for now)

And if you want to see more mountain goats, and a pack of wild turkeys, double click below for the full slideshow:





Monday, November 25, 2013

Phoenix

It was a long trip, but our first day in Arizona was  a lot of fun.  We were still on NYC time, so we were up hours before the dawn. We hiked up to the top of the hill and watched the sun rise over the valley.












The Musical Instrument Museum was very cool.  They had instruments from every country in the world, as well as video and audio so you could see and hear them all.  We only made it half way through and will definitely be going back.  The first highlight of the day was when Glenn found an exhibit with a Theremin.  It got better though, when we found one he could play.




That evening we met up with Glenn's aunt and uncle and went to a jam session at the Nash. It was an ASU/NEC reunion for him and he got to play with some old friends.




And the full day: