Friday, October 16, 2009

Hold On

We headed out to Zion National Park in southern Utah in time to see the fall foliage.

The Pioneer Lodge is great place to stay in the center of Springdale, the town located at the entrance to the park.
The town is overflowing with shops filled with beautiful Zion inspired artwork.
The following morning we headed out to conquer Angel's Landing which is what I consider to be a phenomenal feat as you will soon see.

The scenery is breathtaking as the elevation continues to rise on our ascent.

The change in vegetation evokes different senses. Take note, you will see this again.

Is it just around the corner?

There are about 5 or 6 switchbacks in this photo that take you a great vertical distance.

We reached Scouts Landing, where you can see the line of people ascend the ridge of Angels Landing. (The light dot in the center of the photo is a person, and they are headed up to that higher tree, and to the top ridge.)

This crevice allows a view of the height and the shear face of the mountain.
Here is Scout's Landing again. The line of hikers to Angel's point are hidden behind the pine tree located above the hikers in this photo.

We headed atop Scout's Landing to another ridge and could see the trail to Angel's Landing, and the valley down below.
Here is a view from the top.

Michael takes in the view from over the side.

A bonsai moment.
A fellow hiker offered to take our picture.

It is best not to think too much ahead, but to concentrate on what is at foot.(Least you need to be talked down from high places.)

Remember the green vegetation from before?

Back at the entrance to the park.
Springdale is a lovely place surrounded by all of the mountains.

And seated outside at a restaurant there is beauty all around you.

As evening falls, the landscape changes, and all of the mountains take on new appearances.

Fall in Zion is spectacular. We visited a local photographer, David J. West at his gallery, and his work is stellar. I will share a few of his pieces with you in an upcoming post.

Thanks for visiting! To all of my gardening friends, carry on and hurry back!

1 comment:

  1. Spectacular photos! The photo of all the switchbacks takes my breath away!