Friday, May 6, 2016

To the Canyon Country!

Bryce Canyon at the tail end of winter
March, 2016:  After our time in the Grand Canyon in early February, we went to Las Vegas to visit Susanna's parents.  I stayed only a few days before flying to southern California and then taking a boat to Catalina Island for two weeks of dive training.  In early March, after my return to Las Vegas, we journeyed into the heart of the canyon country of southern Utah and Northern Arizona.  It was amazing to see these great parks in the late reaches of winter and early reaches of spring.  We visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Navajo National Monument and finally Pipe Spring National Historic Site.  We had a great variety in weather, from quite warm in Zion and Capital Reef, to cool and sunny at Bryce, to a major snowstorm at Navajo.  Here are some of the highlights:
Our campsite in Zion NP

Zion NP at sunset

Hiking down into Bryce Canyon

Escalante National Monument

A remote drive in Capital Reef NP!

Capital Reef NP at sunset

Enjoying a campfire at Capital Reef NP

A confident hiker in Natural Bridges NM

Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges NM

Jasper LOVED this hike down to Sipapu Bridge.  It involved ladders and other crazy obstacles! 
Our campsite on a very cold morning at Navajo NM, Arizona

After the storm!  Navajo NM

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