We had an easier day planned for today…after breakfast we headed off for a driving trip up to the Kolob Reservoir which takes you through the southern portion of the Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park…Kolob is up in the northwest corner of the overall park. We knew we would not actually see Kolob Canyon today…that’s scheduled for Wednesday and requires a drive back up I-15 20 miles or so before entering the far northwest corner of Zion
Connie declared today to be the adventure portion of the tour…we define the adventure portion as either you don’t have complete and precise directions of where you’re going or you don’t know what you will see when you get there. Today’s trip fit both of those requirements.
According to Google maps and Apple maps…there was a road all the way up to UT-14 that we were on last week on our trip out to Cedar Breaks National Monument…but it (a) turned out to be a dirt road for an unknown number of miles and (b) we weren’t real sure that the road we thought we should turn on was actually what we thought it was and not a road into private property…there were some No Trespassing signs nearby where we almost turned off of the road around Kolob Reservoir and it wasn’t really clear what was marked. So we passed on it and turned around to head home rather than take the uncertain route out to the freeway and thence back through Cedar City to Virgin.
It turned out to be a really good trip…lots more wonderful scenery albeit a little different than the main Zion Canyon part of the park…more wooded for one and we actually saw some wildlife.
On our arrival at Kolob Reservoir we parked for awhile and had a banana for lunch before heading home.
Nice house we saw along the way…probably $500K out here or would be $4M back in VA where we used to live.
Turned around after taking the house photo and this is their view.
Doe mule deer.
Swanson’s Hawk we’re pretty sure.
Mr. Ed…he was just standing there looking over the fence.
They’re serious about their sharp curve speed recommendations here…this was going into a 180 switchback…if you were on a bike riding up the hill and took the inside apex of the corner it was probably 22-23% grade.
Immature California Condor…very much like a Turkey Vulture except almost twice the size. The captive breeding program that brought this bird back from the verge of extinction released some in AZ and they migrated up here to the Zion area.
Virgin River looking up and then downstream behind Zion River Resort where we’re parked just out of the frame and over the berm to the left. It’s really not a very big river to have carved the Zion Canyon you saw in yesterday’s post…maybe 25 yards wide and at most 18 inches deep.
A really strange tow vehicle 2 sites down from us…Ford F650…but it appears that it was modified by adding a new frame underneath the original one or maybe they just put an F650 body on top of a custom frame.
Interesting Stuff found on the net.
Meanwhile…only in Florida.