Wednesday, July 08, 2009

America the Beautiful

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th! Peter and I most definitely did. Though, the traditional fireworks, potato salad, and John Phillips Sousa music were conspicuously absent.

What was present were freeze-dried meals, a small hail storm and spectacular scenery! We spent three days/ two nights backpacking through Bryce Canyon National Park. I'll post more about our hike later but I wanted to post some pictures of the Canyon's most striking features.

All of the parks that I've been to in the area have similarities but they each have something that makes them uniquely spectacular. Arches has arches and rock fins, Mesa Verde has its cliff dwellings and Bryce Canyon is famous for its hoodoos. Hoodoos, according to the dictionary, are pillars of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.

The erosion patterns in the park leave these amazing patterns in the rock. Walking through the canyon reveals many sights, each seemingly stranger than the last. You might see bony fingers, praying hands, pipes of an organ, gothic spires, or all of those. The formations combined with the fading colors of red and white sandstone make for very dramatic scenery!

I'm not a geologist, but I would venture to say that scenes like this are rare in the rock world. Because, how are they still standing?!? Peter wanted to throw a rock at one of the pillars but thought better of it. Which was probably the right decision. :o)

The two pictures directly above are the same rock. I took a close up to show just how precariously the top one is perched!

I feel so blessed to be able to spend time in a place like this. This park is practically in our back yard (comparatively) and people come from all over the world to see it!

"Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well." Ps. 139:14


Jim and Jill said...

Y'all are a blessing! Thanks so much for blogging and sharing your adventures and bringing your side of the world to us! We love you!

Vanessa Rogers said...

I thought about you on the 4th since we often spent it being Diana's groupies. Those were fun days.

Anonymous said...

Leslie and Peter, Your pictures are breath taking and your words are entertaining, about the 4th, those were the fun days as Vanessa said and this past 4th was no different. I was at a concert downtown listening to Diana play her music, it was Sousa, patriotic and the alamo lent itself as a very inspiring was completed at home with a hotdog so....missed the rest of the groupies. MOM