The next stop for the WINs was Capital Reef National Park.
One of my favorite things to do here is the Cathedral Valley loop. It's a long drive on dirt, and you have to cross through the river to get to it, so it's best to have 4-wheel drive. I hooked a ride with Maynard and Nancy.
Our first big stop was to see this gorgeous view, and to find the Indian couple that Maynard found last year. Can you see them?
There they are! He looks pretty happy, even though his wife is pretty ugly...
At another one of our stops, we found some great rusty stuff!
We stopped at Glass Mountain -
Which is a large mound of selenite crystals, a kind of gypsum.
The big attraction in this area is the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon.
On another day, Sally and I walked in Grand Wash. It's a beautiful, easy hike.
This guy was a little scary -
But we continued on, and I found some pretty flowers to photograph.
We also stopped along the main road to see the petroglyphs.
Capital Reef is probably the least popular of Utah's Big Five National Parks, but it is one of my favorites!
My next stop was Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. I met up with the WINs for the first time in well over a year, due to Covid.
Our first outing was a difficult hike down into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. I guess I was too busy huffing and puffing, or too enthralled by the scenery to take many pictures.
The next day, we went on a hike in nearby Red Canyon.
One day, I led a hike through Willis Creek slot canyon. It's an easy hike, other than hopping back and forth across the little creek.
Kevin got a great picture of me!
Aferwards, we visited Kodachrome Basin State Park, which has some very unusual rock formations.
But we weren't done with Bryce yet. On the next day, we drove to the end of the road, stopping at all the overlooks. This is Natural Bridge.
And then the following day, I led a hike on the Rim Trail in Bryce. It's very easy, with lots of great scenery.
We were very lucky to get a group camping area at Ruby's Inn Campground. Thanks, Maynard, for the picture. (My rig is on the left.)
This little guy visited me a few times.
It was a great stop!
Time to head north! On my way, I made a couple short stops, the first one in Page, AZ. This town did not exist before Glen Canyon Dam was built in the 1950s.
There is usually lots to do in the area, but this year everything on the Navajo reservation, such as Antelope Canyon, was closed due to Covid. We did go to see Horseshoe Bend, a beautiful overlook of the Colorado River.
Sally was a lot braver than I was...
We also did the short hike to the Hanging Garden.
Lots of Maidenhair Ferns growing out of the alcove.
Next, we moved on to a parking place north of Kanab, UT just outside the east side of Zion.
Within walking distance from our parking place is the Belly of the Dragon, a culvert under Highway 89.
There is an unbelievable amount of etchings the whole way through the tunnel.
I also took Sally on one of my favorite hikes in this part of Zion, the Many Pools hike. However, it has been so dry lately, that it was basically "No Pools."
On our way home we passed a family of Big Horn Sheep. Don't miss the baby mostly hidden behind the rocks.
Next stop - Bryce!