Thanksgiving, Utah (Part 3)

November 26

La Verkin

And now the trip to our ultimate destination for celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday . . .

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[The trip from Las Vegas to Utah takes a more than scenic route on Interstate 15 . . . ]

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[Unfortunately, this route is under assault by orange construction barrels and will apparently will continue to be so for several more years . . . ]

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[La Verkin, population 4,060, is attached at the city limits to Hurricane (pronounced her-eh-cun), population 13,748, and are 18 miles NE of St. George, population 87,178 . . . ]

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[Approaching Utah . . . ]

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[And St. George . . . ]

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[There’s St. George . . . ]

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[We’ll stop here for breakfast . . . ]

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[At a place where we had eaten on a previous trip . . . ]

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[But the Painted Pony is not a breakfast place . . . ]

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[So, we went to another place we had also previously darkened for food, George’s . . . ]

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[And then we were welcomed to La Verkin . . . ]

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[The Super, having been here before, knew to turn left at the car wash airplane . . . ]

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[We arrived first at Beth and Chris’s.  And when Rita and Dave subequently arrived Rita took the established position of someone who had just completed a long trip . . . ]

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November 27

Zion National Park

[La Verkin is a mere 20 miles west of Zion National Park.  So, let’s go again – I believe I had been there four times previously . . . ]

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[And there is some nice scenery before you get there . . . ]

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[Is that Hogwarts ahead?]

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[Sure looks like it . . . ]

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[Comes with a heliport?]

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[The entry way to Zion . . . ]

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[We have arrived . . . ]

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[And have parked, in the park, impossible in peak season . . . ]

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[The scorecard indicates we have, from l – r: Rita, Ruthie, Beth . . . ]

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[And a close-up version for easy identification . . . ]

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[Beth’s brother Dave joins her on our shuttle bus ride to the end of the park . . . ]

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[And The Biddies are excited too . . . ]

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[Oh boy, this is fun!!]

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[And ungulates too (OK, this one is no longer among the living) . . . ]

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[The high red cliffs that define the park . . . ]

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[“You are here!”  Which is good since here was our destination . . . ]

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[And “here” was the end of the line – the Temple of Sinawava . . . ]

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[We began walking back from whence we came, just for the hike of it . . . ]

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[The absence of greenery is what we find so striking about this part of the country.  So we reacted with glee upon discovery of a green cactus . . . ]

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[The Super and Dave posed with their find . . . ]

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[And, whoa, there’s an evergreen tree . . . ]

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[Along the trail we occasional ran across a few obstacles . . . ]

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[A tree that at one time, supposedly, was green . . . ]

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[Perfect weather for outdoor walking . . . ]

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[Occasionally a flash of sunlight would strike a cliff . . . ]

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[A rock peak in the background; a green cactus in the foreground . . . ]

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[A glimpse of sun . . . ]

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[The Virgin River, which eventually flows into the Colorado . . . ]

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[An artsy gnarly tree backed by sunny cliffs . . . ]

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[I eventually reported this as a violation of the ADD – there should be an escalator for older people to breach the fallen log . . . ]

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[A virtual plethora of green cacti . . . ]

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[A plethora of red rock . . . ]

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[Some times you just have to walk on the road . . . ]

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[As the sign says . . . ]

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[Followed by a not so big bend . . . ]

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[Since only shuttle buses can use this road, we were relatively safe here as we neared a shuttle bus stop where we got on again . . . ]

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[These were actually real live ungulates photographed through the bus windows . . . ]

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[And here we are at the Angels Landing stop . . . ]

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[You may recall that I noted in past blogs that I did climb this one time – OK, it was back in the 80’s when I was still a youngster in my mid-30’s . . . ]

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[There it is – we could see people up there but without my telephoto lens I couldn’t get any shots of them . . . ]

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[Wow, more cacti . . . ]

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[See?  Up there?  I think it’s an elephant . . . ]

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[And now busing back to the visitors center . . . ]

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[Where we had lunch . . . ]

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[Finally, after a lovely day, good-bye to Zion . . . ]

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You know that just before the first Thanksgiving there was one wise old Native American woman saying, Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.    ~  Dylan Brody

Up Next:  Maybe Part 4

 

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