October 9, 2009

The National Park That is Zion

Or if you what to get all technical, Zion National Park. Whatever.

I headed down there a couple of weekends ago with some girlfriends and had a blast. Okay, don't get me wrong here, i love men and enjoy their company immensely, but there is something so fun and freeing about going on a road trip with just the girls. We tend to let our hair down a bit more and act a bit goofier. I don't think we stopped laughing once the entire trip. Everyone that met us thought we were drunk...but we were most definitely not. Just saying.

The best part of the trip was a lovely horseback ride. I've been going to Zion for years and have never done this but now i think i will do it more. I mean riding is always fun and we got to see some parts of the park that i've never seen before.

This is our guide Dion. He was so funny, a true cowboy. Somehow chill and no nonsense at the same time. The entire ride he had a big stogie hanging out of one corner of his mouth and was cracking jokes out of the other.

This is my horse Maria. She was a pill but a fantastic horse.

A lot of people had mules to ride and Natalie's was so funny. Her name was Janay and she had a mind of her own! Everyone was supposed to stay on the left hand side...Janay was not having that. She is a free spirit, a wandering soul.

Turns out mules don't really give a hoot about there being a bit in their mouth. You can pull and yank and saw and they just keep on doing what they want. They are hilarious and I love them.

I mean come on, look at this face!

Those big floppy ears and soft, droopy eyes. They are just darling.

Needless to say, we had a great time on horseback (or mule-back, sorry Janay).

We also hit a few of the fabulous trails the park has to offer.

This is the end of the Canyon Overlook trail. It's so beautiful and if you lean out over the railing the wind comes rushing up the canyon wall really fast. It blows your hair straight up. Yes, i'm 4 yrs old.

I thought this next shot was cool. Big black thunderheads were coming in. Half the sky was dark and the other half bright and sunny.

And here is my favorite shot of the trip. This sign was on the back of the shuttle buses. For some reason it totally cracks me up.

I mean people should know not to feed wild animals right? But obviously people are doing it, and getting hurt and thus the signs. I'm just imagining the guy who got bit and the ranger says "oh hey! This would be perfect for a PSA. Can we take a picture of your stupidity?"

Ok, maybe i just have a morbid sense of humor. I'm going to leave now.


Brittany said...

lovely pictures! Looks like fun :)

Bush Babe said...

Great shots - awesome canyon too. Dion from Zion... really? Heh.

Jayne said...

Oh my beautiful Zion... it will probably pretty much be one of my favorite places on earth.

the Provident Woman said...

That looks so beautiful! What fun!