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Wednesday
May252011

zion: hebrew for refuge or sanctuary

MORE DESERT BIG HORN SHEEP! 

Other than spotting a rocky mountain big horn from a distance in Glacier National Park, I've never really seen one, and definitely not this many! Hence why I took so many photos! These are desert big horn here in Zion, but BIG HORN none-the-less (well, little horn in this case)! I loved photographing these guys!

Wednesday
May252011

zion national park : full of big horn trouble makers!!

Ram #1: "Were you looking at my woman?"    Ram #2: "So what if I was?"

Ram #1: "I'm gonna kick your skinny ram #ss, that's what!

Tuesday
May242011

zion national park: the circle of life!

May not be suitable for children. Unless of course you want to have the birds and the bees conversation!


 

Tuesday
May242011

volunteering at the best friend's animal sanctuary! 

Best Friend's "No Kill" Animal Sanctuary was started back in 1970 by 22 loving, dedicated, risk-everything-for-a-dream group of friends who envisioned a refuge where animals could live their lives in a comfortable, loving environment, safe from harm and cruelty. In 1982, these dreamers pooled their resources and bought 3,000 acres of breathtaking high desert canyon in the wilds of Southern Utah, now known as Angel Canyon – home to the most beloved sanctuary in the world. It truly is a remarkable story of love and triumph.

While the number fluctuates, BFAS is home to roughly 2,000 animals from all over the country. Everything from horses,

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Monday
May232011

bryce canyon driving tour!

Weather was stormy and unpredictable my first day at Bryce so I opted for the Bryce Driving Tour. Unlike some of the other National Parks that are magnificently beautiful, but not clearly marked (Zion for example), Bryce has its "view points" conveniently located and marked right off the 18 mile main park road, requiring very little walking making the beauty accessible to everyone. While spectacular, I still highly recommend a hike or horse back ride through the canyon!! 

View points: Fairyland Point • Sunrise Point • Sunset Point • Inspiration Point (sounds like Happy Days!) • Bryce Point • Paria View • Fairview Point • Natural Bridge • Agua Canyon • Ponderosa Canyon • Black Birch Canyon • Rainbow Point • Yovinpa Point

 Natural Bridge

Black Birch Canyon

Bryce Point

Fairview Point (it recently snowed!) 

Monday
May232011

bryce canyon national park

 Bryce hike that leads straight to heaven! 

Monday
May232011

bryce canyon fun fact :

Bristlecone pine trees litter the landscape throughout Bryce Canyon. Dating back 1,700 years, they are the oldest living things in the world! 

Monday
May232011

hiking peek-a-boo trail | bryce canyon national park

Peek-a-Boo Loop is a strenuous trail but worth every bead of sweat! Perhaps hiking 5 miles with lulu strapped on my back didn't help matters but absolutely breathtaking nonetheless! Often times I'd find myself stopping mid-trail smiling from ear to ear completely taken a back and astonished by the beauty. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce, which isn't actually a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau!

PEEK-A-BOO LOOP is accessible from Bryce Point. You hike one mile down from BP to the the 3 mile loop, then back one mile to Bryce Point. The mile down is a cake walk, while that last mile back up hill feels like 5! CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO TOUR!! :)

Monday
May232011

bryce canyon on horseback!

While the view from the rim is spectacular, you must take a hike or horseback ride through the canyon, to the canyon floor, to get the ultimate view. Viewing the canyon from within dramatically changes your perspective. The brilliantly colored hoodoos, spires and amphitheater landscape takes on a whole new meaning. I chose to do the 2 hour horseback ride, knowing I'd be hiking as well. If you're not up for a hike, then opt for the 3 hr/half day ride as it's the best and only way to see the sites up close. You'll thank me! Promise! 

Judge isn't sure which way to go so he's reading directions!

MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE!

Monday
May232011

bryce canyon national park!

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