Tag Archives: national park

Grand Canyon kicks my ass, but I’ll be back

I made it to the Grand Canyon! The drive in was beautiful and strange. As I rounded the curvy road and got closer to the North Rim, I drove through acres and acres of burned forest.

It turns out it was a controlled burn intended for the health of the Kaibab forest, but still offers up [...]

One more on Zion National Park

In my relief, I didn’t get to post about the real beauty and majesty of Zion National Park.  What is so extraordinary is the height of the sandstone structures. You can’t appreciate the scale in most photos, but these should help. This is the same photo, cropped down three times, to show you the rock [...]

My pretty campsite at Zion

Psychotic Grandma takes me hiking

Realizing I have crammed too much into two days, I have a hurried drive to Zion National Park, a quick camp set up (I feel like a pro at this point), and an early morning jump on the trail shuttle with very little preparation.  Sore from my previous day’s hike, and desperate to see a [...]

Zion National Park Tunnel

You used to only be able to enter Zion National Park from the west, but in 1922 they blasted their way through the sandstone to create an eastern entrance.  At the time, it was the most expensive mile of road ever developed in the United States – $2 million dollars, on the eve of the [...]

Bizarre Hoodoos and oh-my-god-I’m-camping

As previously noted, I wasn’t feeling very confident with regard to camping.  I couldn’t believe that I ever thought this was a good idea.
I arrive at the campground and no one is there. I have no idea what to do. I drive in circles until, finally, I find a camper with a sign that says, [...]