Monday, April 16, 2012
Last week was spring break for the children. My last day of classes was Wednesday so on Thursday we headed out for a four day vacation. First stop was Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park just over the border into Nevada along U.S. 50-- the loneliest highway in America. We took a hour tour complete with Joel and Will trying out candle lit lamps which they then blew out leaving us in total darkness.
The original entrance to the cave is now sealed off by this bat friendly barrier.
If we had had more time and if the upper road was not closed by snow, I would have loved to have driven up snow capped Wheeler Peak to see the ancient bristle comb pines. Guess that can wait for another trip.
Looking east across the basin-and-range landscape that extends from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Wasatch Mountains. It is an easy pattern to learn: basin-range-basin-range-basin...The highest peak in the distant range is Notch Peak which I climbed last fall with the scouts.
Amara having fun playing with new blocks from her great-aunt Marie.
We then head north to the Grand Canyon hoping to see much of the South Rim before dark. No such luck. Snow was falling and visibility was almost zero. Good thing the pool at the Holiday Inn Express was in-doors.
Underneath our coats were our Sunday clothes. We had hopped to finish in time to get to a sacrament meeting in Cameron, Tuba City or Page--but the timing just didn't work out. Instead we listened to three fireside talks (two by John Bytheway and one by Chad Lewis) and some Mormon Tabernacle Choir CDs on the long drive home. All in all it turned out to be a great sabbath.
Many of the buttes and pinnacles in the park are named after sacred places from many different religions--this was new to me. On the left is Isis temple, center Cheops pyramid and right Buddha temple.This view is from Yavapai point.
I took the kids on a short hike down the trail at Grandview Point. Marie opted to not try her nerves more than necessary.
The archeological remains of a kiva (ceremonial round house) at Tusayan Ruin.