Zion, Utah

On a long road trip, one is bound to make a few discoveries – for example, how to press the gas pedal with your left foot when you don’t have cruise-control in your car ( a little awkward, but not impossible); or if somebody says “Oh, it is only two hours to get from A to B” you can be sure it is at least three and a half; and that all the emotional pain, suffering and yearning that you ever felt has already been made into a song (special thanks to Bono and A’kos -you guys rock!)

A quick stop in Vegas before nightfall…the city always reminds me of the last few lines of The Book of Jonah, by Mihaly Babits. Jonah gets all pissed off at God, because he feels that God broke his promise when he did not destroy Ninive after all, and storms off into the desert, sulking. God of course explains his decision to him (let’s just say there is some long-term thinking involved), and they look over at the sin-city:

“Far away the terraced towers of Ninive

rose up, swayed by the heat.

The horrible city stretched out in the sand,

like a live, enormous, panting beast.”

(translated loosely by me…)

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The next morning we enter Zion. Surprise – there is a shuttle system, so people can leave their cars behind, and get off at a clearly marked bus station to view the sights…In a way, it does make sense, not to have five or six thousand cars parking on the scenic drive, but it is a funny feeling, using a bus between all the monumental rock formations. “Next stop is Angels Landing!”

entering Zion

entering Zion

The Virgin River cuts through the park, and alongside the water the trees boast these unbelievably green leaves, that only springtime can produce…

the Virgin River

the Virgin River

The sandstone cliffs are among the highest in the world – they are truly massive and monumental. Some of the trails – like the one leading to the upper Emerald Pool – take you right up to them. It is like a huge wall, closing in on you.

approaching the middle Emerald Pool

approaching the middle Emerald Pool

the view from the Emerald Pools trail

the view from the Emerald Pools trail

on the Canyon Overlook trail

on the Canyon Overlook trail

surrounded

surrounded

going up on the Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway

going up on the Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway

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2 Responses so far »

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    Jill Panitch said,

    That’s a chilling shot of Las Vegas, Laura! And, what a contrast from Zion. My favorite photo is of the cloud formation hanging above the Zion-Mt Carmel highway. Gorgeous!
    Love,
    J

  2. 2

    Dudás Éva said,

    Oh, to be there again… the Canyon Overlook trail is my eternal love 🙂


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