So, back on track, I do come bearing gifts. And in gifts, I mean pictures of our fun times. We met my friend Stefani in Salt Lake again, and shot straight down for a nights stay and a couple hikes in Zion National Park.
At the Canyon I met up with an old friend the Smarmy Raven
Made new ones with some California Condors.
As well as saw my first ever Great Blue Heron.
|A Little Panoramic Shot for you.|
We even took a flat water trip from the Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry. I unfortunately didn't take the big camera with me out of fear that I may ruin it. That was a completely misguided fear and truly wish that I had taken it. As you can see from the heron picture, it's picture ability just wasn't as great. The Desert Big Horn pictures from a beach in the canyon aren't even worth showing.
But while we were on the river (Becky with Colorado River Discovery was an amazing guide by the way) we did get to see Horse Shoe Bend from below.
|I really dig the wide angle lens I bought Bob for his camera...|
From the Grand Canyon we looped back north to Bryce Canyon National Park.
I had once again been fighting the "foot" battle with blisters on this trip. I think much of it is due to temperatures and sweating since when I was younger doing long distance races and backpack trips never seemed to cause this much issue. Despite this and being in sandals to give my feet a break, upon seeing "Wall Street" I just had to go down into it.
And it was worth it. The colors on the walls that were striking from above, just glowed from within the HooDoo's themselves.
Also. should anyone be thinking of a trip to Bryce, you MUST stop at the Pine's Restaurant on the way into Bryce to the west. AMAZING food, great service and pies to die for. I had decided to cheat on my diet the night before we left the Grand Canyon and Stefani said she wanted steak. So we stopped at a "steak house" in Tusayan. For 3 it was a hundred dollar meal that sucked. From the moment we walked in the door and the hostess couldn't be bothered to open her mouth to speak up, to the waiter that could barely speak or understand english to the food itself was an amazing disappointment. Luckily, it was so bad, I pretty much only ate the meat and what salad I could fish out of the ranch dressing so overall didn't cheat much. The following night we decided to be bad and stayed in a hotel where we could shower and asked the front desk about the mexican place we saw on the way in that Stefani wanted to try. We were steered away from it and towards the Pines, and let me tell you, it was so worth it. Not only was the service wonderful, but the food was phenomenal (okay, so we were starving from a day of driving and hiking) but we also ordered desert, Stefani got an extra loaf of bread and I ordered an extra side of their amazing pickles to go and with the great tip I gave Toni the waitress, it all still tallied less than the previous nights dinner only menu. I even was able to get a breadless/carbless meal and the veggies were steamed to perfection. Okay, so I was bad and split a piece of pie with Stefani. I'm afraid to weight myself since we left but other than that, I've been darn good and feel skinnier. I have another week before I have to face the official weigh in. I hope to make it a good one.
And I know what you're all thinking. Isn't this typically a knitting blog? Yes, yes it is.
I got another bag done. The other two are at the yarn store on display for the class and I keep needing one for other things so I made a third. With the one I'll be making for class, this will give me four good grocery sacks.
|Blogger simply must have this one sideways... Who knows.|
Okay, I have to head back to work tomorrow night, so you most likely won't hear from me for a few days, but I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get out there and enjoy yourselves!