There is an amazing highway here in Utah that is one of the most stunning roads that I have ever been on (not just my opinion, it is ranked as one of the top 10 drives in the country) and I just got back from a little trip that had me traversing it's entire length of 122.9 miles. I had traveled a small section before, multiple times, but had never continued on. What a mistake!
I started on the south end, so I met Hwy12 from Hwy89 and a short time later was near Bryce Canyon National Park, one of my favorite parks!!!!.
|It almost doesn't look real, does it?|
|Even the trees are calm, due to their yoga. :) It looks like warrior pose to me...|
|It almost looks like another world...|
The next day we drove the heart of the highway, which is an amazing feat of engineering and sheer determination in the last area mapped in the continental United States.
|The road was carved into the rock|
|The rock almost looks like snow, doesn't it?|
|Follow the river....the trees know where it is...|
|Even away from the river, life happens...|
|I love this desert wildflower.|
|So glad I'm able to visit places like this...|
The road runs through Boulder, Utah and we stopped for a break and got an AMAZING tip to drive the Burr Trail. So GLAD we did...
|The beginning of a little slot canyon off the Trail|
|The echoes you could produce were insane|
|It always surprises me where trees can grow.|
One of my favorite things about being out in nature is the silence and when I got out of the car and explored, it was there, and in that silence you start noticing the little things, like patterns in the red rock or a little nook tucked away...
|A porthole in the rock|
|With scenery like this, I could drive forever|
|I love the diversity so close together...|
|First up, the animals of Capitol Reef... A deer who posed for me|
|A very shy Marmot that was sooooo cute as he ran...|
|A bird that didn't want his face to be shown...|
|Ancient cliff drawings by the Fremont Indians|
|Amazing scenery as a storm rolled in...|
|A slot canyon for cars....|
|Overlooking the mesas of Capitol Reef|
And just another reminder, visit your National Parks!!! But while you are there, respect them....
and just a little blog reading tip, if you want to see the photos larger, just click on them.