06.12.2010 86 °F
We stopped at a different spot where you don't have to pay for parking and dipped our toes in the very cold water. While there, we also found a picnic basket and a ton of fresh fruit laid out on the rocks. Kathryn is of the opinion that this was some kind of offering, but the Apostle Paul says it's ok to eat sacrifices made to other gods as long as it doesn't make anyone feel guilty. So we took one of the pineapples home and ate it - it was delicious.
Also while driving down Sunset Blvd, the jeep's check engine light came on! We don't have any pictures of that fun time, but Jeff bought a code reader and while it's something we need to get fixed, it can wait until we get home. So this second half of our trip will be in a sense crazier than the first - it's one thing to drive across the country, and another thing to do that with the check engine light on.
The next afternoon we left LA and drove through Las Vegas and into Utah. Utah is a beautiful place! It is still certainly desert, but we saw running water (streams) for the first time in a while.
The first day we went to Zion National Park, which holds some narrow canyons. We wanted to hike a ways up Zion Narrows, but the trail was closed due to high water. We found out later that the rivers are running quite high because the ice in the mountains is melting too quickly.
We drove on to Moab, another place in Utah that may be our favorite so far. There are just mountains and canyons and beautiful red rocks everywhere. Moab is bordered by the Arches and Canyonlands national parks, two beautiful parks that we didn't have enough time to enjoy. Part of this is because they're enormous and it would take weeks to fully see them, and part of it was because Kathryn got a small but very aggravating piece of grit in her eye, which the urgent care doc kindly removed, but not before Kathryn got a couple scratches on her cornea. Don't worry - everything is better now! But it did change the plans for that afternoon.