Yesterday we came down from North Salt Lake to Panquitch, Utah. About 4 hours drive, and puts us in prime position for our visit to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. We saw some awesome mountains and cliffs — and the wild Sevier River — on the way here, but I was driving and didn’t take photos. I’ll be sure to take quite a few photos today, but in this post I’m presenting some of the cool things we’ve seen that I couldn’t give proper treatment to before, because of time pressures and the difficulty of getting network connectivity. At this motel I’ve got a fine wifi network, so here we go.
First, a few awards from the Academy:
Worst Stretch of Road: This one goes, hands down, to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Driving through that town on I-41 nearly shook our van to pieces.
Most Highway Construction: Salt Lake City and vicinity. One of every 2.5 people in Utah is a highway construction worker, and there are states that have no orange cones at all because Utah is hogging them all. Salt Lake City also has the most aggressive drivers we’ve seen.
Biggest Farms: Minnesota. Huge, amazing, endless farms as far as the eye could see.
I’ll probably think of more later, but here are some shots from earlier in the trip that I didn’t take time to post:
The first two are photos from inside Jewel Cave National Monument. They had a lot of different types of formations in the cave, not just stalagmites and stalactites. This one was called ‘ribbons,’ but they looked a lot like brains to me, and they were very common inside the cave. A little spooky.
Then this one is called “cave bacon”. The photo I took doesn’t do it justice, but it surely did look like a 25′ piece of bacon coming down from the ceiling.
After we saw Jewel Cave, we spent the night at Shell Creek Campground in Bighorn National Forest. Right after we came down from the mountains and left the park, we saw this weird formation on the side of the road. Not sure what it was, but it looks like someone spent many years carving it.
All across the West, we’ve seen a bajillion acres of scrub and a lot of mountains and cliffs. This one is fairly typical, but it was the reason for this whole trip, to let my sons see the West.
Here’s another one you won’t find in North Carolina — along the road in Yellowstone are steam vents. The whole park is a volcano.
Last but not least, here’s another one from Craters of the Moon. That place is so wild and cool. It’s hard to catch the whole scene in a single photo.
Today we’re going to see Bryce Canyon and Zion, and we’ll spend the night in Kanab, Utah. Then tomorrow we’ll see the Vermillion Cliffs and Mesa Verde.