Tibetan Music at Arches

One of the interesting things we saw heard at Arches National Park was a young man playing music on Tibetan “singing bowls” at the base of the Double Arch. The notes that reverberated from the steel bowls made a really beautiful ambient melody that echoed around the natural cove created by the arches. Trey was quite fascinated […]

Trey in Arches National Park

We spent 2 1/2 days in Arches National Park and did a fair amount of hiking. Though you can see a lot of the landmarks from your car, the best ones (and the best views) are obtained by hiking. The longest hike we did was 4.2 mile round-trip trek to see Double O Arch. Here […]

Scrap Metal Art in Hanksville, UT

One of my favorite things about driving across America off the interstate system is that you run into all sorts of wonderful surprises. On this road trip, one of those surprises was found in the tiny town of Hanksville, Utah. On the side of the road I spotted dozens of dinosaurs made out of scrap […]

Bryce Canyon National Park

The weather wasn’t cooperating in Zion so we left two days early. We drove northeast to Bryce Canyon National Park hoping for sunnier skies. We didn’t find any. I put up our tent in the rain and the downpour forced us to a nearby hotel restaurant for dinner. Apparently, every single other tourist in the […]

Hike to Scout Lookout in Zion

On our last day in Zion, the weather was still preventing us from heading up The Narrows so we opted for one of the more strenuous hikes instead. Trey and I headed up the West Rim Trail towards a peak called Angel’s Landing (the peak on the left in the image above). Angel’s Landing is […]

Sunset in Zion

We ended our first day in Zion National Park with a leisurely stroll down Pa’rus Trail, a paved path that follows the river down to the campgrounds. Even though it is the most trafficked trail, we still saw some wildlife – a buck who was just chillin’ in the grass and a tarantula scurrying his […]

Weeping Rock in Zion National Park

Named for the continuous water that “weeps” out of the alcove, Weeping Rock has enough moisture to sustain a lush hanging garden. The weeping is caused by an impermeable shale in the canyon walls that prevents water from absorbing into the ground and forces it to find a place it can penetrate, such as at Weeping […]