We left Vegas in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Getting up early was no problem for us as we had not gotten used to Daylight Savings or the three hour time change…we were awake at three am Vegas time every morning! I was really excited to be heading off to Zion. Although I thought I’d seen some really big mountains in Nevada, they no where compared to the magnitude of where we were heading. Even these I’ll be showing on this post are not nearly as large as some we were to encounter on our way.
The first mountains we approached was this, the Virgin River Gorge! I could not believe we were going to be driving through it! Can you imagine the man power it took to build a road through those mountains? The farther West we headed, the more overwhelmed I became over the sheer maginitude of the mountains. I thought we had mountains on the East Coast, but I tell you they are nothing compared to the West.
This van gives a bit of perspective to the size of the mountains. We made it through the pass to even more majestic scenery.
We pulled over here to stretch our legs a bit. However, as Dirt Man stepped out, he tossed the keys in and accidentally hit the lock button. Yes, he locked us out of our rental car in the middle of some remote place! The next time my husband tells me to buy long underwear because it’s going to be cold where I am going, I will listen! I had on a sweater, but no gloves! Fortunately for both of us, I’ve grown in wisdom and patience through the years. Had this happened early in our married years, I would have blown up and thus ruined the entire vacation. Instead of running off at the mouth, I prayed that God would provide us with the necessary tools or help to get into our vehicle…too bad it was not a GMC with OnStar!
Dirt Man headed down a trail to “look and see if anyone may have left a coat hanger by a camp fire”. Now, how many of you carry coat hangers with you when you camp out? Not me! Lo, and behold, God doth provide! Not a coat hanger, but a strand of rusty barbed wire! It took a couple of pieces as the first one broke…and much ingenuity on behalf of Dirt Man! I must say this man does have mad skills in a crisis! It took about forty-five minutes, but he did get the SUV unlocked! Poor thing for the rest of the trip, every time we got out I asked if he had the keys!
The terrain and landscape is much different from the East, lots of cacti and sage. In fact, the entire area we roamed had an aromatic herbal scent to it…I am guessing that it is from the abundance of sage.
These yellow-leafed trees (I think) are Cottonwood. The leaves shimmer and dance in the sunlight, a truly spectacular sight. I wished I could have captured it in the photos.
All of this happened before ten am. The llama bid us good day, and we were on our way! We had many more adventures that day, but each one deserves it’s own post. We took 1726 pictures throughout the week. It is going to take me a while to sort through and choose about twelve out of each excursion.