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Category Archives: Landscape
After returning from my trip to Utah, this Opossum was the first thing to greet me when I arrived home. I wished you could see the size of this thing. It was huge! Even Rosie was smart enough not to bother it. I went ahead and took Rosie into the house and the Opossum stayed around. As you can tell by the photos, it did not like its photo taken.
I left it alone after grabbing a few photos and it just hung around for a while but I did see it leave. I guess it was just passing through. As big as it was, it could do just about whatever it wanted and I wouldn’t bother it.
When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. When an opossum is “playing possum”, the animal’s lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction. The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of between 40 minutes and 4 hours, a process which begins with slight twitching of the ears. (Wikipedia)
Everyone I talked with said that I needed to hike the Navajo Loop Trail while I was at Bryce Canyon National Park. It took me a little while to find the trailhead but I finally did. Part of the this trail was closed because of a rock slide but I decided to hike what I could. This was an amazing hike!
Navajo Trail begins at Sunset Point and travels down into the main amphitheater. This is one of the more popular trails and extra caution is advised due to the fact that more rocks fall on this trail than any other trail in the park! A major rock slide occurred in 2006, and subsequent rockslides occurred in 2010 and 2011. This trail may also be combined with the Queens Garden Trail which will create a longer, but more varied, loop. (National Park Service)
After setting up camp at Kodachrome Basin State Park on March 31 I decided that I would take a drive to Bryce Canyon National Park the following day.
The Kodachrome area was jacket weather but when I got to Bryce Canyon it was heavy coat weather. It even snowed a little while I was there. The wind was what made it cold for me.
I drove through the area and visited most of the overlooks on this first day. I even hiked a few of the short trails. I decided to come back the next day and hike one or two of the longer trails.
Bryce Canyon, famous for its worldly unique geology, consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos”. (Bryce Canyon National Park)
After spending several days at Red Canyon hiking and exploring, I headed to Kodachrome Basin State Park. My plan was to stay at this state park and make the short drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is at a higher elevation than Kodachrome which meant that they were still getting snow.
Kodachrome Basin State Park is an awesome place. I spent several days hiking every trail that was in the area.
The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.
Zion National Park was great but choosing to visit on a holiday weekend was a bit much for me so it was time to explore another area of Utah.
I decided to head toward Bryce Canyon National Park but on the way I came upon Red Canyon. Red Canyon is located along Scenic Byway 12, just 9 miles from Bryce Canyon. I stopped at the Visitor Center and asked where I could camp. They were very helpful and directed me to an isolated spot where I stayed for several days and only saw a couple of people.
Red Canyon, a spectacular oasis of rock nested in a vast forest known to locals as “Dixie.” The two-million acre, 170 mile long forest ranges from Red Canyon’s arid desertscape of sandstone hoodoos to a lush high altitude forest on Cedar Mountain. (Red Canyon)