Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Zion National Park in the Rain

We are in day THREE of the cutoff low that currently is rotating over Nevada, Arizona and southern Utah. Today we were awakened at 6:30 by some fairly significant lightning and thunder. So far my plan to sleep in is being thwarted by nature.

Tuesday we decided to drive in to Zion National Park. The road there is under construction. You can't really see it in the picture, but the road surface in front of this tunnel is dirt. All of the paving has been removed. This is a one mile long tunnel, it's pretty dang impressive. Tour buses can make it through, but they must drive down the center stripe.

Here we are, driving through the rain and the mud, thanking the patron saint of RVers that there is an alternate route to our next destination. This is the route suggested by Yahoo maps, but we will not be going this way.

After traveling through Zion, we decided to go see if Highway 14 would be a viable route to Escalante. NO! The road tops out at almost 10,000 feet. The rain had turned to snow at that elevation. It's hard to see, but that sign warns of upcoming 8% downhill grades with max speeds of 25 mph. That would be bad for us. It was a useful side trip.

So, we returned home whence we came. It was pretty spectacular going through the park again. The water falls had started running. Unfortunately, there was not enough light to get the good ones, which were far away from the road. This is a road side water fall.

Utah has some of the best scenery in the country. When the sun returns I will be posting more pictures of the area. It's just amazing.

So, that was yesterday. Today we are going in to St. George to forage for food and continue to wait out this weather system.

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