Change of landscape!
Sunday January 2
Today, Jen, Roger and I drove down to the St. George area in southwestern Utah, about a four hour drive, where the temperatures are at least 10 degrees warmer. During the last couple of hours, the snow cover gradually diminished. Our destination was Snow Canyon State Park, which despite its name, rarely receives snow! It was actually named after early Utah leaders, Lorenzo and Erastus Snow. It is set against a stunning backdrop of towering Navajo sandstone cliffs coloured red and white. In some areas a jumble of black lava rock caps some ridges and tumbles down hillsides. We didn’t have too long to hike today, since by the time we got down there, having stopped for a quick lunch en route, it was almost 4 pm. We did the Petrified Dunes trail, which was amazing! We then drove into St. George and our hotel for the next two nights. It was an interesting view from our rooms as we first arrived, over the swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees, with snow capped mountains in the distance, tinged pink by the setting sun.
I’ve just posted four dates in succession, please check them out if you have time.