Photo overload alert!!!
As anticipated, the temps drop significantly. It's a chilly Sunday for staying home and watching football. Monday morning we wake up to snow! It sticks until about 10 AM. The flakes continue until early afternoon then turn to rain. It's so pretty and quiet - we spend another day inside reading and watching movies.
|Snow slides down the window from the roof.|
|The Castle stands tall along Hwy 24 before the Visitors' Center.|
|While the movie disappoints, this $1.99 informational map of the scenic drive is wonderful!! I highly recommend picking one up when you visit.|
|We learn about interesting traditions - like the Mail Tree where the mail carrier delivered weekly mail to boxes attached to the gnarly trunk. It's enjoying retirement now.|
|Throughout the drive we follow the Waterpocket Fold. Wingate Sandstone tops the shallow Chinle layer over the Moenkopi at the bottom. The cone in the background is Navajo Sandstone. Their different rate of erosion makes for wonderful formations.|
|Mostly seen on the top of formations, the yellow of Navajo Sandstone really stands out against the red and gray along the canyon floor.|
|Fallen boulders make their own "arch".|
|Iron-rich desert varnish stripes the cliff face.|
|A real arch - Cassidy Arch - named after the outlaw Butch Cassidy who is said to have hidden in the area.|
|The only critters we saw in the park - this Fluffy Dog sighting.|
|The towering escarpments make me feel insignificant.|
As is always the case, the return drive gives us completely different views of what may be my favorite park in Utah. We're fortunate that although there are a lot of people here, we have several places to ourselves. I'm even able to stop on the road to grab a couple photos where there's no pull-outs.
I was going to include our trip to Escalante Staircase the following day, but this is already a lot of photos - I'll put them in the next post.