We began our early hour schedule this week as well.
from yesterday's sunrise on Barrel Roll
Rock formations and plant life appear softer in the dawning hours of the desert. There are cooler hues of purples, pinks and corals. And the fragrance....unable to be bottled by any perfumery on the planet.
The first hike of the new season took place today in Kolob Canyon...part of the Zion National Park system of trails. During the 5 mile jaunt, we forded Taylor's Creek over 50 times. The first few times I took special care in placing my feet well and assured on rocks in the creek, as to avoid wet shoes. But within the first hour, I abandoned all care. The water is actually invigorating and by the time I reached each crossing, I looked forward to a foot soak.
At the end of the trail are the rock formations known as Double Arch Alcove, which are indescribable and certainly pictures of do not do justice. And further up off the beaten path is a hidden waterfall that provides the perfect shower for nature.
Sometimes I wonder if I should even bother photographing what I see.
"Heaven isn't too far away"...so says Warrant. And it's true...I can be in Kolob in half an hour.