Friday, August 23, 2013

Zion


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 Yard fencing decorated to celebrate July and summer. Notice the flags in the window and a small reflection in that window?




 East end of Zion's National Park


When you see a red hot road, you are in Zion National Park in southern Utah.

I tried for years to get pictures of this area of Utah but my camera never captures the brilliant colors. My digital camera comes close.

I did not go into what they call "the narrows" but I have been there in the past. A small stream of water in what we westerners would call "a creek" runs through the narrows.  Normally, it is safe but during thunderstorms, the area is off limits because of flash floods. There is no place to get away from the water as the rock walls go straight up on both sides about the length of a football field. The narrows heads north and you can walk through it which takes hours.

1. My neighbor is a "dyed in the wool" fisherman. He brought me a foot long rainbow trout two days ago. I absolutely love fresh trout which always makes me think about my grandpa who fished all day for his vacation and brought home a bag of trout from Cassia Creek in Idaho. Grandma always fixed us trout for breakfast - yum!

2. It has been a bit lonely this week because the pools are closed. The outdoor pool closed for the summer even though it is still 94 to 95 degrees F here. The pool always closes at the start of school because the caretakers who run the pool are school teachers. The indoor pool closes for one week each year in August. It would have been the perfect time for a trip to Poland.

3. I enjoyed water aerobics four days a week this summer and the camaraderie of my pool friends so I miss that this week.

4. I am going to lunch today with my double cousin (surnames of Allen and Nicholas). We've been emailing for a month now and exchanging information which I hunted down years ago. It has drawn me right back into genealogy searching.

5. I made my first Quiche and it was not bad. Not as good as the one I had in Monterey, CA from the exquisite French Bakery but next time I think I will use creme for a richer taste.  Anyone make quiche?


42 comments:

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!

'Tsuki said...

What a beautiful set of pictures... The warm colors of the rocks are so extraordinary : thanks for sharing all this beauty with us.

(I like your flag day pic too !)

Malyss said...

I very often make quiche! Very french, I'm glad you like it! :o)
Great serie of pictures, thank you for making us discovering your place!

James said...

What a unique and beautiful landscape.

Gerald (SK14) said...

it certainly looks hot there

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

The photos of Zion are beautiful! Those colors are really unique. I"ve never been out west--looks like I'm missing a lot!

I used to swim three or four days a week. It has been years, but I miss it. It's such a relaxing way to exercise. I hope you can get back to your water aerobics soon!

Viera said...

Great celebration...lovely shot...and another beautiful pictures of nature are stunning...

Noel Morata said...

Truly one of my favorites in the Golden Triangle, I love this park, thank for sharing

Hope you can add it to Travel Photo Mondays

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful scenes from the rugged park.

Ida said...

These are gorgeous photos of the Park. I visited Arches National Park once and loved it. Such beautiful rock formations.

I don't swim so I don't go to pools but the water aerobics sounds fun. I tried on a swimsuit a week or so ago, so not ready to go that route again.

Yes I've made Quiche before. I did one once that used hash brown potatoes as the crust base, it was pretty good. The French Bakery though sounds yummy.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Ginny said...

My son and his family just got back from going to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Painted Desert. But their most favorite of ALL was Zion National Park. They all did the water hike, even little Anne, and want to go back again next year. Your pictures are so good! We just went fishing with Ella, and she caught five Rainbow Trout. They really are beautiful fish.

Anne said...

That scenery looks absolutely amazing Ruth!

cieldequimper said...

Very nice photos!

I make quiche all the time!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I love your photos of the rock structure, gorgeous colors.

Irene said...

I love quiche, and yes I make it,depending on who is going to eat it and where is what kind I make. My family like the Biscuit kind, but I prefer the pastry and cream kind.

Irene said...

I love quiche, and yes I make it,depending on who is going to eat it and where is what kind I make. My family like the Biscuit kind, but I prefer the pastry and cream kind.

Jim said...

I am glad your first quiche was good, Ruth. I haven't made it but the recipes sound okay for me.

When the pools closed you lost a lot of your social life. Good thing you have an indoor one. We don't.

Mrs. Jim had one double cousin who died a couple of years ago. He was both her first and second cousin. I think she had one other but he died a long time ago. They are not of the ordinary so that makes them fun.
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Pamela Gordon said...

Such beauty there! I like rocks, mountains and rock formations too. And I wouldn't be walking in the canyon either. Unless it was a purely sunny day with no threat of rain!! Thanks for visiting.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Your Zion photos are excellent!!

Lmkazmierczak said...

So glad you pointed out the reflected flags! Love it♫ Enjoyed the oragne rock formations as well...My OYGIF: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/welcome-back-to-school/

Susan said...

Nice photos, Ruth.

Hey! I bought a soy cinnamon candle today (For Every Body), of Utah! It has never been used so I'm looking forward to burning it.

Thanks for all your visits to my blog! Always nice to see your smiling face. Susan

Jan n Jer said...

I agree the colors are just so warm.
What a beautiful place to visit! Nice photos!

♥FoodTripFriday♥ said...

what a beautiful park to behold!

Willa @ PixelMinded

Mary said...

I love quiche, but have only made it twice. :). That might be an idea for this weekend. Thanks for this suggestion!

Have never been to Zion, but want to go! Your picscare splendid.

W. Latane Barton said...

I have never made quiche. Haven't eaten much of it. Just not something on my bucket list I guess.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

Zion is great ... the hubby & i loved it.
i just noticed ur grandpa bit @ the top of ur blog. that's awesome!!! ( :

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I used to make a good quiche but I haven't made it in years....decades even.

biebkriebels said...

Thank you for following by blog, hope you will enjoy it. I have once been to Zion, a beautiful place.

Snap said...

Your Zion shots are lovely. Beautiful series. Have fun with your cousin. I love quiche, but usually leave the cooking to someone else!

Nancy said...

Wonderful photos Ruth -

you had asked me some questions on my blog about property values and such -- if you can link an email to your blog, I can respond to you directly. Thank you.

Shirley said...

Sometimes it is incredibly difficult to capture the colour and scene the way the eye perceives it. If the canyon is more colourful than these photos indicate, it must be astounding to see!

maria said...

Lovely shots Ruth!

Glad you decided to share your photos on Orange you glad it's Friday. Thanks for joining and I hope to see you again next Friday. Have a great week ahead.

Muza-chan said...

Very beautiful place... so colorful :)

Amy Lee Scott said...

Zion's is such a gorgeous park and you captured it beautifully. I'm very jealous of the trout--I also love fresh trout!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

I've always wanted to visit Zion. And I haven't made quiche in quite a long time.

joanne said...

amazing nature.....love the red road....and a lovely story of reunion.....

Jeannette StG said...

They are great captures, and thank you for coming on my blog earlier!

I and hubby were in Bryce Canon and Zion Na. Park two weeks ago!! Both parks I love and am working on several paintings.
Didn't come there very far, painting on location because the wind gusts in Bryce were too strung, and Zion is so extremely hot and dry. I know I'm spoiled, living in California:):)

Irene S. Levine said...

I love the vibrant red colors of the stone~

Jill Harrison said...

Zion looks amazing.
I hope you have a good week despite missing your aerobics at the pool.
Yes, I make quiche now and again. More in summer than winter.
Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

Have always loved the red rocks of SW Utah. Glad you finally got some great photos. I've only been to Zion during the winter so I would love to visit it again when it's not covered in snow.

lorik said...

Great series of pics - love the house but also like the rocky cliffs very much. Thank you for sharing with Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Raymonde said...

Thanks for the recent visit at Everyday I walk with You, I appreciate your comment.
Your post reminded me of my recent trip to Utah and the fantastic national parks there. Your photos are beautiful. Have a great week. :)

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