Pictures from Day 2 (Nevada and Zion north)

We left Tonapah, and were soon headed down the "Alien Highway" (or so claimed the signs). A long, lonely road indeed. We eventually turned north and east headed for Utah. After lunch in Cedar City, we headed up into the norther portion of Zion National Park, and did some hiking in "occasional light showers". There had been enough rain that there were warnings about flash floods in other parts of the park, but not for Taylor creek. Besides, even if it flooded, they assured we would, at worst, be stuck on the wrong side for an hour or so while the level dropped enough for us to cross it again...

After our hiking, we drove around the southwest edge of the park, and found ourselves a room in Springdale, just outside the south entrance. We stayed at the Canyon Range lodge, an older, non-smoking, and quiet motel. Small rooms, but nice. On the recommendation of the owner, when we asked for a "really nice" restaurant, we ate at the Driftwood Lodge. We learned to be a bit more careful in our definitions. It was "high end", but the food and service didn't live up to the prices. Not bad, just not great. (We ate at Flanigan's the next time, which was significantly better; it was the motel manager's first recommendation, and "second nicest".)

 
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Alien Highway, Nevada: Lights are on but nobody's home. Guess we must have missed them.
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Strange growth in Dave's armpit. Squint your eyes.
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Alien Highway, Nevada: ``Look ma, no hands!''

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Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons region, peak of the the trail at the top. Only a mile so no big deal from a hiking standpoint but our first official ``Hike of the Trip'' and pretty darned impressive vistas so we figured that we had ``arrived!''
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Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons region, peak of the the trail at the top. One of Casey's many attempts to perform a manual panorama puzzle despite Dave's attempts to grab the camera back from Casey before all the film was used up.
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Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons region, peak of the the trail at the top. Casey dances out of reach just long enough to snap a picture of Dave. He doesn't really look all that pissed, does he?

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Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons region, middle fork of Taylor Creek (slot canyon section).
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The grotto under the larger (bottom) of the Double Arches arch Looking up at the top of the lower arch
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Upper part of the larger of the Double Arches arch The water fall about 150 yards upstream of the Double Arches. This is where we turned around (Dave standing in front)
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The same water fall, showing it's setting. (Casey standing in front)

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