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Thanksgiving 2007 in Utah – Part 2/2 – leaving Zion, and Bryce

June 7th, 2009 by

the skies were seriously nothing like this when I was young.

We did way less the last day, mostly involving driving and taking some pictures at some truly gorgeous places. But there were enough that I wanted to break it up a bit 🙂 These photos, by the way, look seriously better with some color management. So get on that.

leaving Zion / Bryce Nat’l Park

Thanksgiving 2007 in Utah – Part 1/2 – Zion National Park

June 7th, 2009 by


Jenn convinced me to go out to Utah and check out some national parks over Thanksgiving weekend, 2007. We were planning to hit up Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef but we only ended up making it to the first two.

Jenn and myself and her dad drove out from Pasadena on the evening of November 20, 2007. We got as far as Las Vegas, and staked out in a motel. We got a pretty early start the next morning and poured a mostly sleeping Jenn into the car, and headed off towards Utah. My first time! Well, other than a layover in SLC, which just doesn’t count.

We got to the park around noon on the 21st, and set up camp at Watchman Campground, conveniently open year round. Anyway, I’d like to preface this with the simple fact that Zion is gorgeous.

Emerald Pools / Angels Landing / River Walk

Zuma Canyon, May 12 2007

November 19th, 2007 by

On May 12, 2007 I went with a whole group of people (a dozen or so) on a hike up and around Zuma Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA. The trip was 8 mi or so, and 1700′ of gain, give or take.

seahorse looking flower. nice.

hiking…with a dog, a river, and a scramble

Mt San Antonio, aka Mt Baldy

April 9th, 2007 by

December 2, 2006, Jenn, Tristan, Erin and I climbed Mt. Baldy (aka Mt. San Antonio), in the Angeles NF. the hike was nominally 9 mi RT, with 3800′ gain. I have seen claims that it is as long as 10 mi, I didn’t really keep good track. This is the tallest peak in the San Gabriels, all the way at the east end, with a summit at 10,064′.

way high up

The hike up Mt Baldy, and my agonizing descent back down.