Jeff and I got no sleep last night because we were worried about getting into the 2 hour ranger-led tour this morning... (This is Jeff, so tired, and put shampoo on his head instead of lotion)
We got up at 6:00am, showered and at breakfast by 7am, done eating by 7:30- to drive the 30 minutes over to Zion by 8:00am to hopefully get our name on the list for the tour! (Brochures say 12 people max) (Cope and Tierney joined the Jr. Ranger program) Success! Not only were we added, but the ranger let out a sigh of relief due to only 4 others being signed up! Boy did Jeff and I stress all night about being able to get into that tour! LOL It was a fabulous tour- which I highly recommend! (Thanks Dad!) We were hungry for lunch and stopped at the Sol.......and then off in search of some water to swim in. Right behind the Visitor's Center is a perfect place to hop in the river and cool off! (Did I mention it was 102 today?) The kids met another family that really went in the water and they had such a fabulous time! Soon it was time to head out to Bryce Canyon. The drive there was incredible- we hit everything from desert, to red rocks, to scrub, to Aspens, to pine trees and back again....
(Menu Falls) A gorgeous place to see!
(Tierney and Cope being inducted as Jr. Rangers! They had to finish a workbook about the park and answer questions from the ranger before being inducted and receiving a badge or patch)
The water was freezing but felt sooooo good!
(On the way to Bryce Canyon- we went through two of these)
Over 600 beautifully mounted animals from all over the world, Indian Artifacts, Gift shop and live deer you can feed-which was the highlight of the trip for the kids! This place was so incredible that 1 day is not enough! Around every corner and in each display was so much beauty! This is a definite MUST for anyone going through to Bryce Canyon!