Thursday, 11 November 2010
Bryce to Zion National Park
With more snow forecast here for the afternoon, we headed south and down to a warmer elevation. Our ultimate destination, St George is at 3000', rather than over 8000'. A short, two hire drive took us to Zion National Park, about 80 miles away. This is a deep narrow canyon, with curiously named towering cliffs, beloved of climbers, and there were three of them toiling up a precipice. In the base of this canyon, and this is what makes it so attractive, is the meandering Virgin River, which gushes and flows through, creating an oasis for aspens, maples and cottonwood trees. At this time of year, the canyon is a blaze of autumnal colour, vibrant yellow aspens and deep red maples.
With more bad, snowy weather forecast for the next few days, we felt we'd been lucky to visit Bryce Canyon so late in the season, and glad to be heading somewhere warmer. So two nights at the Holiday Inn Express, St George. After the comparative isolation of the last few days, St George seemed buzzing and vibrant. Lonely Planet describes this area as being as dull as dich-water, but we felt that was a bit unfair. People are polite and very friendly.
Lunch at another Cracker Barrel (which we'd googled-how sad are we!) and then, believe it or not, Ian went shopping with me. New Balance trainers for $45 and a couple of things from Ralph Lauren outlet, at a great price. Ate at a Red Lobster that night. Everyone we saw drinks water or soft drinks. The stranger sight is guys propping the bar, drinking coke! We were the only ones having a beer, which can be really expensive, but it seems that the drink-driving laws are strictly enforced and offenders will be"prosecuted aggressively".
So "I'll have an Iced Tea, please"!