Sunday Morning up with the Lark, I think I’ll take a walk in the park! It’s a beautiful day!
After rising with the Sun on Friday and Saturday morning, our cabin decided to sleep in or at least we were going to until the rooster started crowing. It was a very loud rooster too, until Theresa hit the snooze button! Wanda and Deniece did go watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. The Lodge on the North Rim provides chairs and a great view of the canyon.
While we were standing in line waiting to purchase some bagels for breakfast I was stopped by an Australian! He was really interested in my tie-dye shirt that my sister Theresa had made. He was with a group of fellow Australians and they had flown to Los Angeles and then on to New York where they made a cross country bus ride across the United States. I thought it was interesting some of the stops they made along the way: Detroit, Chicago, . . . He asked where I was from and of course I said “Can’t you tell, I’m from Texas!” He said that I talked a lot slower than the people he met in New York City. I told him he should have gone to Georgia because I love the way they talk. That’s when the laughter started! He said “I dated a girl from Georgia once. She talked so slow that before she could tell me she wasn’t that kind of girl . . . she was!” His wife got on to him for telling that story again. It was interesting all of the different languages we heard while we were at the Grand Canyon.
As we left the Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim, we sang our worship songs: Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance, I’ll Fly Away and I can Only Imagine. My nose started hurting (which in the Bicknell family means you are about to cry) because I was thinking how much I would have enjoyed visiting the Grand Canyon with my dad. Theresa’s nose started hurting too and then we were both crying. I think we were both thinking about Dad because it was on July 1st, 1949 that mom and dad got married.
I am truly blessed that I was able to share the Grand Canyon with my daughter, Katy, my sister Theresa and my friends, Wanda, Deniece and Joanne.
As we leave Arizona and enter Utah the views begin to change, Utah is ruggedly beautiful and not what I expected. Our first stop is the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park not very far from Kanab. This place appears to be a four-wheeler’s paradise.
It was so amazing how the view changed so quickly, something I would later discover happens frequently in southern Utah.
Zion National Park was a stop we almost didn’t make. Thank goodness Wanda and Deniece insisted we go. It was amazing! We went through two totally different kinds of tunnels on our way down into the canyon and the view on the way down was extraordinary. My only regret is that we didn’t take the shuttle and view the entire park. Just like on the south rim of the Grand Canyon certain areas are shut down to regular traffic so if you want to enjoy the beauty you need to ride the shuttle.
- Short Tunnel
Zion National Park
See that little hole in the mountain? That is part of the 1.1 mile tunnel that was completed in 1930! And yes we really did drive through it.
This is definitely a place I will return to and explore more. Katy said she was going with someone who could keep up with her. She reminded us frequently that she was just one-quarter of a century to our one-half and three-fourths. Sigh.
Hunger pains strike and we are in rural Utah with no food. We stop at a convenience store and the cashier tells us the next best place to eat is Ruby’s Inn (which happens to be where we are headed). From the time we left Vegas our meal’s have all been on the pricey side and very few were worth the price! My favorite meal so far was the breakfast at the El Tovar Lodge (Grand Canyon South Rim). I had the Steel Cut Oats with seasonal berries and then we shared the El Tovar’s Pancake Trio with Buttermilk, Blue Cornmeal and Buckwheat Pancakes served with Honey Nut Pine Butter and Prickly Pear Syrup. Mmmmm. This was not to be the case at Ruby’s Inn. It makes you wonder if the locals get better food than the tourist.
After we dine, we drive down to Kodachrome Basin State Park which of course makes us all start singing “Kodachrome, You give us those nice bright colors, You give us the greens of summers, Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah! I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph, so mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”. Lol I am trying to remember if any of us had a Nikon camera!
Kodachrome Basin State Park & Wanda!
We thought this looked like a King on his horse!
This state park was an interesting side trip. We would look at the shapes and try to decide what the looked like. We got out and climbed around on big rocks and took a lot of pictures. We were actually headed to find Grosvenor Arch (located within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument) but it wasn’t meant to be! We had a white suburban going down a gravel road with warning signs about high clearance and we get to a low spot with water and decide to head back to Bryce Canyon. On the way back Wanda takes a scenic route and this is what we found:
Wanda was following the for sale signs!
But we also found this:
Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies!
T was tired!
We head back to the inn and discover the pathway to Mossy Creek and decide to take a hike. By Utah Hiker standards (and Katy’s) this was deemed an easy hike. I really need to talk to those people who say things are easy!
It was beautiful and I am glad we stopped because the sunset was beautiful and if we had gone back any sooner we might have missed the beauty God was sharing with us.
Sunset in Utah
See you on the road!