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Thursday, March 23, 2017

ZION: THERE & BACK

on the way there and back, my aunt and i stopped at a few roadside attractions. on the way there, we saw primm. never knew this little casino town existed. there was not much that interested me, but there are some tacky roadside attractions. i love stuff like this.


primm, nevada



seven magic mountains.




our first real stop was leeds, a little town in utah. here there is silver reef, an old silver ghost town. the first stop was the civilian conservation corps (ccc) camp. the ccc was a public work relief program enacted during the great depression. it was part of fdr's new deal. in leeds, men built bridges and roads to st. george, the nearest big-ish city. this was exciting for me, because i have never known a ccc camp to be preserved.



the men built their temporary buildings out of the local sandstone.





inside the wells fargo vault. the bank is also the silver reef museum (c.1877)





you know how much i love little cute post offices.



ruins of the ghost town.


about another 45 minutes is springdale, the closest city to zion. the city really thrives off the buzz of the national park. the city also has a cute little visitors center.



in springdale, there are plenty of cute little shops







the first night, we had a quickie dinner, but for the second we treated ourselves. we went to a mom & pop diner/saloon in springdale. 



i got root beer, rainbow trout, vegetables and rice. for dessert, i got bumbleberry pie.




the next morning, we went to grafton, a ghost town. honestly, i expected more to see. the abandoned buildings were somewhere around here, but we couldn't find them.


the next stop was this little roadside attraction we saw along the way. it's called fort zion and apparently is open during the warmer months. what it is exactly, who knows, but i really like the whimsical buildings.



i also didn't notice a little beauty looking back at me.



he's adorable.


we have sinclair gas stations in southern california (it's a relatively new thing) and every station has its own dino statue. ever since i have laid my eyes on one, i've wanted to sit and take a picture with one.



my dreams finally came true in hurricane, utah.


the last roadside attraction was hlavka's bronze mustangs in ivins, utah. this was a bit hard to find. we first ended up going through this strange little planned community (it was the address to his studio instead, oops). we then found the correct address and almost passed it. turns out it is in the middle of a traffic circle, but if you strategically take a photo you can fool anyone.






we then just ordered a dairy queen blizzard, drove home, and called it a day.


now for a song. i never was into this type of music (i don't know how to describe it), until i started watching shameless. i describe it as soundtrack music. it's a baby between purity ring and bjork. my favorite part is when the guy sings. anyhoo, enjoy! 'time' by young wonder.





and as an added bonus. fuck trump (on the way home passing vegas).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ZION NATIONAL PARK

this was last month, but i needed to finish watching 'how to get away with murder.' i needed too. anyhoo, i had been wanting to go to zion national park for a while now. it was a bit last minute, but i i took advantage of a three day weekend. once again, yay for government holidays. from la la land, it is just a little over a 6 hour drive, not too bad for passing through 4 states (california, nevada, arizona, & utah). 


it was a bit chilly (and unfortunately rainy the entire time), but it was not too bad. i did not think of it worst than summer but just different. it would be nice to see the sandstone in the sunlight, wade in the river, sit at the front porch to see the stars, and see the greenery, but there are some great things you can only experience during the colder months. you can see the low clouds/fog curl around the columns, use the cabin's fireplace, and see the waterfalls. so many waterfalls.







before this trip i did not see myself as a hiker, so we stuck with the easier trails. we took one moderate trail to see the emerald pools, the kayenta trail. there is an easier trail to take, but it was closed due to rock slides. i am so glad we went on this trail though! it was messy (such thick, red mud) and a bit scary (narrow walkways), but it was fun. i would like to try more challenging trails in the future.



kayenta trail



the craziest waterfalls we saw,



one of my favorite parts of the kayenta trails is the sandstone walls you can walk between.



one of the emerald pools (more pool less emerald). i also don't remember if this is the higher, lower, middle.



i was a bad person and stepped off the trail, but you get to see over the edge of the waterfall. this was my absolute favorite part of the kayenta trail. i sped off from my aunt while she struggled (sorry about that) and was able to take a few minutes by myself. i enjoyed the solitude. my aunt than caught up and snapped this photo.



my shoes after the kayenta trail.



weeping rock.



heading towards the boardwalk trail. this trail allows you to stay closer to the river.





i love all the different colors of rocks everywhere.



a lonely leaf.



there was not much greenery. i expected more, but i think the rain and cold killed all the plants.



the narrows. obviously due to all the rain and the cold you couldn't walk through.





crazy rainbow fern. it reminded me of this children's book :)



i did not see much wildlife, but i did see wild turkeys.



random, but i also tried prickly pear candy. my critique: the flavor was okay (just fruity really), but the texture was not right. the outside would crumble in your mouth like a sugar cube, but the center was jelly, not gummy or chewy. it confused my mouth.


we stayed in a cabin at zion lodge, the only accommodation located inside the park. i loved it! it was smaller and simpler than what most people would probably want, but perfect for me. i don't need a lot for a hotel. we did not have a tv (which was great, it is way too much of a distraction when traveling). but we did have a porch and a gas fireplace. it was not the cheapest (especially for the off season), but it was definitely cheaper than the warmer months and was the same price or maybe even a little cheaper than if you stayed in the closest city, springdale. it was nice to be right up against the sandstone cliffs and to have a shuttle run by the nps right outside our cabin. i would love to revisit during the warmer months and stay there. then i could take advantage of the front porch!



my aunt being a creeper.





our wonderful little fireplace



so candid, right? i took advantage of the porch for 5 minutes before i said no and sat by the fire.




now for a song! the most popular radio station once you hit barstow is country, so i thought i would pick from that genre. i haven't listened to her album, but every single she releases i really like. reminds me of miranda lambert. a lot of country bugs the fuck out of me, but i love this side. maren morris and 'eighties mercedes.' next week i'll have a post on all our little roadside stops during this trip. enjoy!