Sunday, September 10, 2017

Touring Friends

We were a mighty group of over 50 people from various places: Great Neck, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore. Our leaders Leah and Harvey Krasnow and our tour Guide Phil Rodd and his lovely wife and assistant Sarabeth made everything go smoothly!! Thanks to Fivie for great food!

The ruach (spirit) of the group was so wonderful and I hope to see everyone again soon- maybe on another Touring Friends Trip!!

Driving to Las Vegas

I sat in the front row on the bus ride to Las Vegas, Nevada. it was like being on a scenic tour just getting to the next stop!!  Beautiful country all along the route!! This tour of National Parks was exceptional in every way. Thank you Touring Friends!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

More Zion National Park

This is an amazing place of great beauty and grandeur! How lucky we have national parks to protect wilderness and natural beauty.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike.
Another sensational park so big and beautiful!! Great rock formations!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More of The Aptly Named GRAND Canyon

Trying to capture the grandeur and beauty on a small camera is impossible. It is overwhelmingly special and I feel so lucky to have seen it twice, from both sides!! What a natural wonder of the world!!

The Aptly Named GRAND Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size!

This trip I saw from the North Rim. Years ago I visited the South Rim which was spectacular but I think this view was even better. It is so massive and beautiful with so many different rock formations and colors. Awesome!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area- Gorgeous!!

On the cruise through Glen Canyon! Amazing views at every turn- rocks, colors, water, sunshine!! What an experience!

Panoramic Lake Powell Tour is a one-of-a-kind, destination tour that transplants you right into the dramatic backdrop and authentic majesty of our most beloved lake - Lake Powell. Take in the epic scenery and rich atmosphere of Gunsight Bay, where the pictures could practically take themselves. You won’t want to forget your camera because this tour is the best way to experience Lake Powell in its truest and most profound form.

Lake Powell, Utah

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it is in ) Utah. It is a major vacation spot that around two million people visit every year. It is the second largest man-made reservoir by maximum water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,069 acre feet (3.0000830×1010 m3) of water when full. It took 17 years for the water level to fill to wanted capacity. 

However, due to high water withdrawals for human and agricultural consumption, and because of subsequent droughts in the area, Lake Powell is currently larger than Lake Mead in terms of volume of water currently held, depth and surface area.

Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination. The reservoir is named for explorer John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869.