on November 23, 2009
After driving through Utah many times on our way to Vegas to many to count actually we finally chose to stay and explore the town of St George Utah. St George being the largest town closest to Zion National Park we felt that it was ideal for our gate way to Zion and then for us to easily head back out and finish our trip to Vegas.We arrived in St George very early in the morning and parked in a McDonalds Parking lot where my husband got a few hours of sleep as my daughter and I surfed the internet and ate breakfast. Lucky for us we had slept most of the night away as my poor husband drove.As we sat and ate breakfast we were greeted with a most beautiful sunrise. There were so many colors and it really took our breath away. As my husband dozed I was able to check out the hours of the national park and to make a brief plan of what the day was to bring.Once the sun came up my husband having slept for a few hours felt much better and was ready to get on with his day. The temperature was a good deal warmer than what we had expected. For our visit in mid November it was pleasantly warm with a brisk breeze blowing off the mountains.We headed out on our way to Zion. Having never been to the main part of Zion my self this was new ground for me and I was very excited to see the new sights. As we followed the road that leads to Zion we noticed a farm with Ostriches and Emu that were right next to the road. My daughter had never seen a real live ostrich so we pulled over and there were little zip lock baggies of feed to feed them with. This farm asked for a small donation of 2.00 dollars we gladly paid the fee and fed the huge birds. It was a true expierence that my daughter will for ever remember.As we continued to drive to the entrance of the park we drove through a small town that had a artistic feel to it. There were many little bed and breakfast places along the way as well as Galleries and even rock and gem shops. It was such a neat little town to drive through.Finally after driving through what I felt was such a picturesque town we arrived at the entrance to the park. There was no line and we were able to drive right up to the window to pay. Now all that we had was 100.00 dollar bills and not even thinking about it we were just gung ho to get into the park and never broke our money up.So here we are at the entrance and they did not have change for a 100 dollar bill. I could not believe it. Being that we were really only gonna be going into the park for just a few hours they let us in free of charge. I was dumbfounded by the generosity. We drove into the park and the first thing we see is a small herd of deer grazing off to the side. We slowed down and took some pictures truly enjoying the chance to be so close to the wildlife.As we drove through the park we came across a pull out that was a parking area for a trail head that followed the Virgin River as it makes it way through the park. We hiked up the trail finding the emerald pools that the water truly did look green. I can just remember thinking to my self how amazing it all was and how green the water really was.As we got back on the main road and continued to follow it to the famous narrows where you can walk up the river off into the park. We followed the path all the way back to the end where it lead to the river bed that was running rather fast with ice cold water that was melting from snow fall.We chose to not wade in the water as we heard from others that had that it was waist deep further up the way and that we would have been very cold had we gotten that wet. It was after all November and the water temp was just above freezing.we walked back out of the narrows canyon and got back on the road we had more to see before this day was over. When we entered the park we were given a newspaper type guide and a map and were shocked to see that there was a tunnel going through the park in the strangest way. Being tunnel lovers of a sort we had to drive through it.The tunnel was built in the 1920's and does not go directly through the mountain as much as it goes along the mountain. The tunnel is a very small tunnel and some vehicles required an escort to go through. We went though the tunnel twice and both times were escorted because we were with a group that included an RV. The tunnel was built when there were fewer cars and the cars were a lot smaller. The tunnel has what they called windows that look out over the canyon and provide fresh air into the tunnel. There are no lights so between the windows it can get very dark in the tunnel.As we exited the tunnel and turned the corner we seen standing right next to the road and eating as if we were not there but a Desert Big Horn Sheep. She had the most beautiful eyes and she really did not seem the least bit bothered by us as she did her business right there for every one to see. As we searched for a place to turn around to go back through the tunnel and to exit the park we had reached our limit for the day and really just wanted to get some rest and some good food in our bellies.We drove back by the Sheep and she was still there as if we were not. It was truly amazing. As we got further down closer to the entrance we were commenting on what a truly wonderful place the park was. I then made a comment about having a new thing to add to my list of things I am thankful for that we share on thanksgiving when as we came around the corner there in a field was a group of wild turkeys. It was a truly amazing experience as the turkeys walked across the road paying us no mind as they carried on doing what they have always done.As I read up on Zion and what it meant I had to say that it is truly Gods Country. The beauty that is there just for the looking is truly aww inspiring. This is a experience that will for ever live in my mind.
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