Highlights from Vacation to National Parks

October 22, 2014  •  2 Comments

Below are a few highlights from my vacation. If you want to browse all the photos they are here:

Priceline gave me a great deal if I transferred twice on my way to San Diego. Burbank to San Diego used Seaport Airlines and this little single engine plane. While waiting for mechanical issues to be resolved I got to know my other 3 passengers.

Fellow passengers Gigi and her husband, Bill, were some of the most alive people I've met. Gigi recently survived a severe auto accident where an armored vehicle landed on top of her car. After 2 years in a wheelchair she's walking again and country and ballroom dancing for which she has been an instructor for more than 30 years.

We were a little bird in a big sky.

Tracy took me to the Turtle Mountains near the Arizona border in California to rock hunt and look for critters.

A small chunk of chalcedony.

A chuckwalla. 

A kangaroo rat.

A tarantula. One of the best experiences of the whole week!

We then went to the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge near Parker, Arizona, where this little bird was.

On the California side of the Colorado River, near Parker, they have wild burros.

A mantisfly. 

At the entrance to the Grand Canyon. One of the many many friendly national parks employees.

The Grand Canyon after the sun has set. The monstrous scale of this place is lost in photos.

A gentleman photographing his furry companion. The two appeared to be traveling alone, together.

We stopped at the Vermillion Cliffs to see one of the few wild condor populations. We were able to watch them with high-powered binoculars but were too far away for photos.

On the way into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon we came across a heard of wild bison.

The view from the North Rim.

Stamp three in the passport. About 398 to go.

This path was the width of the peak with cliffs on each side. My fear of heights experienced plenty of exposure therapy this week.

A rare Kaibab squirrel that only exists on the Kaibab plateau.

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon.

Hoodoos glowing in the morning light.

People. They weren't speaking english so maybe that explains it...

Switchbacks down into the Hoodoos.

Amongst the Hoodoos.

Prairie dog.

Grasses etching designs into Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

Driving in line at Zion.

In line for the shuttle at Zion.

In line on the trails at Zion.

Zion has the tallest sandstone cliffs in the world. 

For miles and miles along the train tracks in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert were peoples names and sayings designed with rock.

Out the window while driving through the Mojave Desert.

At Joshua Tree National Park. I felt like I was on the set of the Flintstones.

Tracy exploring.

A Joshua Tree.

Sunset in a surreal Seussian forest.


Carrie Hendrix(non-registered)
Your photos are beautiful. I have looked at them several times already, they make my day just a little brighter.
Frater Radulfus(non-registered)
Outstanding! Thanks so much for sharing!
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