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Monday, August 29, 2011

ZION N.P.-USA Adventure Part 29

After Bryce canyon we stayed overnight at Cedar City before going to the Zion National Park.

We drove along the floor of the Zion Canyon, where the colourful sandstone walls rose into the sky.

The tour bus dropped us at the visitor centre and we were given two hours to explore by ourselves. 






The guide suggested we get a shuttle bus further into the canyon and take a walk. We chose the  Sinawava Temple walk, where we followed the Virgin River to where the canyon gets very narrow.


We made friends with Helen and John, who were on our tour. They are from Tasmania. It was nice walking with them

It was an easy relaxing walk by the babbling river with the colourful cliffs towering above us. Just beautiful.

All too soon the 2 hours were up and it was time to return to our coach. Next stop Grand Canyon. One could spend 2 weeks here exploring all the walks.

24 comments:

  1. Fantastic! The orange against the green foliage is wonderful. And the scale of it all is quite mesmerizing.

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  2. See - persistence pays!!! ha ha.
    Great shots of Zion Park Canyon.
    Not as impressive as the others as shown.
    Colin

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  3. I found a very similar landscape in Morocco.

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  4. So you finaly had your walk, huge beautiful rocks to walk between.

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  5. Another stunning location ... I am in awe.

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  6. Such an amazing landscape! What wonderful adventures and amazing memories you have collected! Was it hard to adapt to "normality" again after being the Gypsy Travellers?

    LOVED Birthday Bear (the Cross Dresser!). You guys are too much!

    Cheers,

    Cindy

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  7. These are beautiful pictures of Zion -- much better than anything I got. I did take the walk to The Narrows, although the very end was closed because of high water.

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  8. The best thing about Zion is the hiking.. I have another blog friend who is hiking to the Narrows sometime in Sept. I'd love to go back and do some hiking there.

    We didn't care for Zion as much as other places --but one reason was the horrible heat and another reason was the crowded shuttles. BUT--hopefully we will go back sometime.

    Great pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Your photos are fantastic. I think I was in Zion Canyon back in the 1960's when I was a small child. Would love to go again, but don't know if that will ever happen.

    Kay

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  10. these are wonderful, so majestic and I would love to walk or ride on that trail. the rocks are just amazing

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  11. Fabulous photos.

    ps. Must be nice to bump into fellow Aussies in the US. The closest I got to that was at the zoo, when I said hello to a few koalas, who rudely ignored me and continued snoozing!

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  12. When we were in Zion we tried to do the Narrows hike but there was too much melting water from the snow. After a few 1oo meters we were in half a meter deep water. We had to go back. It was mid July.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. You were lucky to have seen such grandeur and you really captured the beauty. i'm looking forward to seeing the Grand Canyon with you. i've always wanted to visit there!

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  14. Thank you for taking such amazing photos of our beautiful state! I love it here...the diversity of landscape is pretty amazing! Sometimes I think it would look like that on some of the far away planets..

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  15. I was the second person to fly. Ivan asked me if I had flown in a plane like this. I said," Not in a tiger moth, only a commercial plane." I could hear other voices, and Ivan said it was the other planes around." For the kids, Ivan did a plane roller coaster, but he knew it was not for me.

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  16. It is so much fun to see the pictures from your travels!

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  17. thanks for let me take part in your lovely bloglife.. greetings from germany .. in the north
    andrea

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  18. I love the sandstone Diane; my favourite.
    Once again, great pics. Thanks for the journey.

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  19. I love the sandstone Diane; my favourite.
    Once again, great pics. Thanks for the journey.

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  20. When we were here we didn't go on one of these walks. We'll have to next time after seeing this incredible scenery.

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  21. It must have been quite something looking up and seeing those imposing sandstone cliffs.

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  22. You certainly had plenty of exercise on this trip, Diane! You two must have arrived home fit as fiddles! The scenery alone would have boosted those feel good cells! I sit here in awe, as picture after picture, post after post, shares unending magnificence with us. Thank you, Diane!

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  23. Zion is my favorite. You didn't have nearly enough time there -- come back. I'd love to go again!

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  24. Indeed, persistence pays off. That's why you were able to tour the whole Zion Park. It's just so amazing and so wonderful!

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