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Thursday, June 19, 2014

National Parks

National Parks

Let the photos tell the story of our trip, rather than a boring day by day recital.  The first photo is a composite view of Bryce Canyon, formed automatically from several panoramic shots.  Next, a pass by the fabled Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.  We had visited the Phoenix Museum the day before, but those photos are in a separate album.

Through the desert of Arizona to the upscale village of Sedona, with its fabled red rocks.
On to Lake Powell  created by the Glen Canyon Dam, and a morning boat ride.  Then a stop to see the eastern beginning of the Grand Canyon.   Overnight at the north rim of same, with many, many pictures.  Travel  to and through Zion National Park, where you are at the bottom looking up to the most  awe-inspiring sight of our trip.

Over to Bryce Canyon with its standing dead men, according to the local tribe.  A long drive to Salt Lake City and sights of the lake and the metropolis.  Various stops and sights on the way to Jackson Hole.  A scenic ride on an inflatable raft down the Snake River, with the Grand Tetons in the background.  Bald eagles and pelicans along the way.  Not shown are the chuck wagon dinner and the rodeo, where I got my cowboy hat.

To Yellowstone with its fabled sights of bison, Yellowstone Lake, boiling mud flats and Old Faithful geyser.  A stop at the Buffalo Bill Center in Cody, Wyoming, with five separate museums under one roof.  The art collection features such well-know artists as Charlie Russell, N.C. Wyeth, Albert Bierstadt, and Frederic Remington.  Our final stop at Mount Rushmore.

That is a fast summary of a 12 day excursion, wherein the tour guide kept us completely occupied from morning till night, stopping for photos frequently, and inspecting each sight thoroughly.