Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gettin' my kicks Part 2 - Pre-trip

(I was fascinated by the laundromat chairs)

Prior to route-66'n it up, I visited my cousin in Springdale, UT. Well, technically she lives in Rockville, UT, a suburb of Springdale. Rockville is basically just one street. To give you some perspective, there is no brand-name grocery store or movie theater in either town. There is a small market and sometimes they show recently-run movies at the Zion IMAX in the off-season. People knew my cousin everywhere we went. Every store, every restaurant, and of course everywhere in the park (she works in the park). I'm all for small-town living, but that is pushing it. It is just beautiful there, though. We had tons of fun.

I visited my cousin here several years ago at around the same time of year, and a particular Christmas decoration always stuck with me. I was happy to see that it was still around and I snuck some covert shots from across the street (because, OF COURSE, my cousin knows these people). Yep, that's Santa there with Jesus in the manger. Yeah, I was confused too. 

Santa & Baby Jesus - Photographic proof

In addition to the delights of small-town living, there is a private hot springs just outside of town that had recently re-opened. My cousin and I love natural hot springs so we had to partake. The great thing is that you reserve the whole area for your party for a really reasonable rate so we were totally alone. The people who own the springs live nearby but their house is far enough away that you can soak leisurely without any other signs of life around you. Quite the decadent experience. We didn't have watches or phones with us, so when we eventually got hungry we dragged ourselves away and hiked back to the car (in the pitch black), hoping we weren't leaving early and wasting our soak time. On the contrary, we had stayed 4.5 hours of our allotted 3! Yeah, it was 9:30, way past closing time. I'm surprised that the owners did not come down and kick us out.


Three different pools of increasing temperature as you move closer to the source of the springs (back in a cave to the right). It is quite possible I left some of my belongings under those benches as, apparently, the recent remodel did not include adding lights that turned on at any point.

The next morning we went walking in Zion National Park. I say walking instead of hiking because we took the flattest trail as all of them were covered in ice and snow and my footwear was sub-par. It was unfortunately an overcast day, so my pictures weren't as great as I would have liked, but it was still beautiful. I am a fan of some flat lighting in photography, but the red cliffs really glow on a sunny day.





And, I know I end all my travel posts with this, but I really encourage everyone to go if they ever have the chance!

1 comment:

  1. Ah I'm jealous, I want to go to an outdoor hot springs - so decadent!

    Haha, Santa in the manger is cracking me up :D


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