Zion is a testament to what nature can do with water and wind and a few million years. It’s so amazing that it doesn’t actually look real if that makes any sense. It’s also at a much lower elevation than the Grand Canyon or Bryce NP, so it’s a good 10 to 15 degrees warmer.
Near Zion is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park:
It’s one of those places that’s a good half hour off the highway that you need a Jeep to reach but once you get there, oh my goodness it’s amazing.
It’s someplace you don’t want to get caught during a thunderstorm because of the flash floods. I confess I couldn’t help but imagine a chase scene in here for a screenplay — it would be quite the thrilling climax!
This is where a ton of Westerns have been filmed … As well as the snake scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” You must go there sometime — it is spectacular.
I know you’re going to ask, so: (1) No, we didn’t hike to the canyon floor and (2) We didn’t do that walk with the glass floor on the north rim. (I couldn’t even see it, in fact. Did you know the canyon is 16 miles across in some places?)
Desert View Watchtower (1932) on the east side of the South Rim
That little line at the bottom is the Colorado River. It’s 300 feet wide, believe it or not.
The canyon says goodnight.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, north of Phoenix
En route to Sedona, Arizona
Grand Canyon at sunset
Just got home from 10 fun days out west — Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Monument Valley. (Pictures coming this week.) Avoided sunburn, drank gallons and gallons of water, saw German tourists riding Harleys and South Korean tourists at all the national parks.
The first four chapters of the next Annie Grace adventure are plotted now (but not written). I have to spend the next two weekends polishing a TV pilot for someone but should get the paperback formatted for “Finding Grace.” Then in June I plan to start writing on #3, adhering to the schedule that worked well for me last winter and spring.