Today, we took the park shuttle bus into the park, the canyon that we have not seen before. We went to the last bus stop and walked the River Trail to the end.
The wall along the river trail has hanging gardens. Some spots are quite lush.
Andy and I got a kick out of this nose shaped rock formation. Water was dripping out all around the bottom. Andy said he could relate to that.
We did not elect to walk up the river past the trail’s end. It was too cold.
The crowds were arriving as we headed back out.
Christopher opened a bag of wasabi peas and this squirrel ran right up to him for some. Christopher did not feed the wildlife though. We saw a number of squirrels along the trail (all fat). At one point the trail was blocked with people taking pictures of one. Andy noted, “Squirrel jam!”
The canyon is narrow enough that you see mountain tops out of the top of the bus.
This wind sculpture is outside the Thai restaurant were we met Bonnie and Ed Grafton for lunch. Two wheels of leaves spin in the wind and I was mesmerized.
Bonnie is a bird expert at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab. Lunch was fabulous and a good time with friends.
Another ranger house.
We drove back up the mountain and through the tunnel in the afternoon. This is the only tunnel I have ever seen with windows. They were put there to get fresh air in the mile-long tunnel. There are no lights in the tunnel either.
This is a larger, but shorter tunnel. Still no lights.
The scenery above the tunnel is strange and beautiful.
This is called the Checkerboard Mesa, but my picture does not show it off to its best.
Out hiking destination was that hoodoo in the center of the picture. It is farther than it looks.
This tree was lit up by the afternoon sun as we headed back down into the canyon.