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Ten Things of Thankful: Road Trip to Zion (in Photos)

1.  I'm thankful for a weekend trip to Zion National Park.  One sign (literally) that we are headed out of California (and/or that we are done with the alphabet game!) is the Zzyzx Rd. sign.

Photo:  A freeway exit sign for Zzyzx Rd.

2.  I'm thankful for clear roads (at least from the time we got on 1-15).  

Photo:  A clear stretch of road, surrounded by desert mountains
3.  I'm thankful for beautiful sunrises, even when viewed through dirty windshields.

Photo:  The sun rises over the mountains
4, 5, 6, . . .  I'm thankful for nature; for being able to hike; for rental equipment that makes hiking in rivers possible; for getting out early enough to have stretches of the river practically to ourselves; for youngest daughter for being a real trouper on the hike (and for getting some artistic photos); for youngest son for suggesting this weekend get-together; and, of course, for John, who exhibited some terrific accident-avoidance skills when the stray hubcap came flying across the center divider of the freeway and landed in our lane just feet in front of us.   

Photo:  The view of the canyon walls, when looking up from the river

Photo:  The canyons tower over the hikers
Photo:  A rented pair of water hiking shoes, which protected our toes from all the rocks in the river and provided traction
Photo:  John, youngest son, and youngest daughter hiking in the river

Photo:  Youngest daughter and I smile while hiking

Photo:  John and youngest son smile for the camera
Photo:  John and I, on one of the few banks of the river
What about you?  What are you thankful for this week?  Been hiking recently?  


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  1. I love the road sign! It would definitely be a great way to end the alphabet game. I played the game often when I was a child.

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    1. It certainly is an interesting sign, and brings the alphabet game to a quick end!

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  2. Oh, our family would LOVE to hike there! It has all of our must-haves for any hike. Rocks, water, cool things to see. Too bad it would be a heck of a long road trip. I looked it up. 26 hours 59 minutes from our house. Maybe someday...
    So glad you and John were able to spend such a fun weekend with two of your kids.

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    1. After reading your TToT post this week, I thought that Zion would be perfect for your family. Your brother lives in Utah, right? You could make a family reunion out of it!

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    2. He only lived there for a year or two. I went there for his wedding, but he was in Pennsylvania soon after.
      The only reunion I would have is with you! :)

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    3. I'd be happy to hike the Narrows with you!

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  3. that is simply gorgeous - our neighbors just vacationed in Wyoming with their family from France - and the pictures that she was posting on Facebook were phenomenal as yours are too - i mention this because we do have so much to be thankful for, with all these beautiful breathtaking places to visit - how lucky are we?

    Spending time with your family fuels your spirit for days - :)

    Marisa

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    1. There really is beauty to be found in the world. It's easy to feel burdened down with societal ills, but it is refreshing to notice all the lovely places.

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  4. what a great contrast to my part of the country... in everything, the terrain, the local flora, the scale of the place! so big and open! photos show a good time being had

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    1. The canyons at Zion are really amazing! We did have a great time.

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  5. I'm glad to have stumbled onto your blog! I really like this series. Every other week on my blog (wondersinthewind.wordpress.com), I post a few things I am thankful for in a fun and creative way. It's good to see another blogger who is taking the time to look for the good things in life!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you will consider joining the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. The link is up every weekend, and we'd love to have you join us!

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  6. I really want to know how you pronounce that street! Looks like you are having an amazing time. I would love to see that part of the country someday! Today I am most grateful for the new computer I ordered and that will hopefully be here soon!

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  7. I don't really know, but we always call it "Ziz-icks".
    Hope your computer arrives quickly!

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