(Bryce Canyon City, April 22, 2012) A look back at our week in Zion and Bryce Canyons, in pictures.

The Virgin River and Zion Canyon from Angel’s Landing, April 18, 2012

Valerie Bassett, hiking in Snow Canyon, April 17, 2012

“If it’s red, chances are it’s Navajo Sandstone. If it’s black, it’s always lava. And if it’s white, that’s because the sand that blew into here had a low iron content.

Snow Canyon, April 17, 2012

Gayle King and Joan Jennings, Angel’s Landing Trail, April 18, 2012

Nini Sherwood hiking Angel’s Landing Trail, Zion, April 18, 2012

Morning in Zion National Park, April 19, 2012

Bob and Sue Trower, Snow Canyon, April 17, 2012

Jane Roe enjoying Snow Canyon, April 17, 2012

Claron rock in hoodoos and coarse sand, Bryce Canyon, April 20, 2012

Bill and Linda Provencal, Snow Canyon, April 17, 2012

Cross bedding on the rocks of Echo Canyon, Zion, April 19, 2012

Jen Conners hiking out of Angel’s Landing, Zion, April 18, 2012

Sharon and Roy Michaels in Echo Canyon, Zion, April 18, 2012

Linda Burns on the banks of the Virgin River, Zion, April 19, 2012

The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon glowing at dawn, April 21, 2012

Steve Mach enjoying the sunrise at Bryce Canyon, April 21, 2012

A window in the limestone cliffs of Bryce Canyon, April 20, 2012

Sun and shadows on the hoodoos of Bryce at dawn, April 21, 2012

Thank you, Marcia and Keith, for a great adventure in Zion and Bryce


(St. George, Utah, April 18, 2012) After our geology lecture, Marcia Cooper and Keith Norlin take us just outside of St. George for our first outdoor experience of the week. Our destination is Snow Canyon State Park, where we test our legs, cameras, and newfound knowledge of the forces that created the unique topography of southern Utah. It’s an easy trek, and a few of us suspect we’re being tested by our guides to make sure we don’t just look good “on paper.”

Ed Camp, retired banker and avid bicyclist, on the Snow Canyon Trail.

Not surprisingly, all of us pass the test. And so does our destination.  Snow Canyon is beautiful, and our short hike leads us to a peak with great views in all directions, and all kinds of rocks to identify. Best of all, we get a chance to meet each other along the way, and learn where we call home and what we do when we’re not exploring the world with Road Scholar. It’s a great afternoon, with even greater promise of what’s to come.

Geologist Keith Norlin shows us his beads.

A highlight is Keith Norlin’s brief departure from his geology curriculum to describe his ghost beads, given to him by local Native Americans to ward off evil spirits. So far, they’ve worked well for him, and, thanks to Marcia’s invocation of the “all in” rule, they have been enlisted in making sure our week in Zion and Bryce Canyon will be spectacular.

No doubt.