Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 165 - Utah Rocks! Kolob Canyon

My love affair with Utah isn't over obviously. I have one more blog about Kolob Canyon.  As we watched the movie at the Welcome Center in Zion National Park, we learned about Kolob Canyon that wasn't too far away.  It was late in the day but we felt like we could squeeze in one more Canyon on the way back.  We lucked out as when we got to the top, there was less than a handful of tourists left and even the forest ranger was leaving but we couldn't resist the 1 mile round trip hike to the top of the peak on Timber Creek Overlook Trail.  The 15 mile ascent is 1100 feet and the view is spectacular.  We learned that Kolob Canyon gets its reddish color from the Navajo Sandstone.  Even the red sand is added to make the roads and the roads are a deep red. It gets its name from the Mormon Bible in which Kolob means "Residence Closest to Heaven."  As we climbed, we saw a Western Towhee, a hummingbird that zoomed so fast past us that it literally was just a blur and an Evening Grosbeak.  So again, I just leave you with the photos.

Kolob Canyon Viewing to the Right
Zion Arch

Kolob Canyon View in Middle

Western Towhee with Red Eyes
Evening Grosbeak at Stone Canyon Inn
Evening Grosbeak at Timber Overlook
I realized as I wrote this that I hadn't shown you the Zion Arch from Zion National Park and that some photos were missing.  THANK GOD!  So I'll show you these too.  Then I think I'm done blogging about Utah and I'm going to start chasing waterfalls.  (TLC sang that song! Click here to listen, Lyrics say...Don't go chasing waterfalls, stick to the lakes that you're used to!)

Handmade Tunnel at Zion

Enlarge and look closely at the smooth lines in the rocks

Dandelion? The wildflowers were so beautiful here

Checkerboard Mesa (Mesa means table in Spanish)

View from first window from the tunnel (we slowed down to get photo - not supposed to ;)

View from second window in tunnel

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