One benefit of working as a forester in different regions of the country is being able to travel the back roads and see this country's natural wonders. I prefer the unheralded places that most tourists never see. But some of the popular parks are too good to ignore. Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is one of them.
Before I could see the cliffs at Zion, I had to endure my own cliffhanger. A certain group of petulant politicans had shut down the government in an effort to prevent their own constituents from obtaining health care. As that drama continued, I took my time crossing Nevada in hopes that the national parks would open their gates. On the first day after the shutdown (October 17), I took Exit 40 from Interstate 15 and parked at the Kolob Canyons visitor center.
Here are some scenes along the park road and Timber Creek Overlook trail. They are in "lightbox" mode. Click on the image for a larger view.
The next five pictures show various scenes panning from left to right (east to south from my point of view).
I'm publishing this as a Daily Bucket since one has not been posted today. Feel free to add your thoughts and pictures.
"Green Diary Rescue" is Back!
After a hiatus of over 1 1/2 years, Meteor Blades has revived his excellent series. As MB explained, this weekly diary is a "round-up with excerpts and links... of the hard work so many Kossacks put into bringing matters of environmental concern to the community... I'll be starting out with some commentary of my own on an issue related to the environment, a word I take in its broadest meaning."
"Green Diary Rescue" will be posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page. Be sure to recommend and comment in the diary.