So I sorta missed "The Longest Day of the Year" post by a few days.....but we were busy!
After a Long, Hard day at work it was time to Hit Sonic for their 1/2 price shake special on the Solstice.....and load up on some American classics..........
Like Cheese covered Tater-Tots!
Derick had never been to a Sonic before so this was all new to him...........
.............Like the size of the Large Snickers Sonic Blast ordered. And look! No Piercings!!!!
(He had to take them out for work at the Resort! All part of my plan to get rid of the damm things!)
After imbibing that many calories we hiked down to the overlook for the Glenn Canyon Dam that forms Lake Powell.
The Stones are so unique here
....But watch out for that next step!!!
In addition to working in the Pastry Kitchen Derick also has a few Breakfast shifts a week which means up at 4am to get to work............(here's a hint, He's not a "morning person")
And then last night after getting out new Satellite Internet and Direct TV in and basically sitting around while the installers did their thing for a few hours we decided to go for a sunset drive as it was getting cooler. Ended up in the back end of nowhere, but it was still pretty cool.
And around the resort life continues as normal........at least Normal for here........
And someone really likes their Mum and Dad....(all this set up for their arrival)
So, Mamma Was was of course Right, Derick is working at Amangiri for the summer!!!
On the Plus side for all of us he will have to take out all his piercings at work so I should be able to get some pictures of him without all the "bling"!
Here is Derick with his first look at Lake Powell At Walweap right down from my apt, Yeah, it's so beautiful he was like speechless for a minute.
So, We flew Derick into Saint George UT, Which is about 3 hours away from the resort, (and A LOT cheaper then flying direct to Page) but on the way back you can drive right through Zion National Park. Just for kicks I invited Chef Davide and his wonderful wife to join us, since she just arrived for a visit and HE had not gotten away from the resort for like two weeks. Needless to say we had an amazing time!
Unlike when I was there as a kid the "scenic" route is now a shuttle only route that bypasses the main road, where shuttles run between all the major stops every 7 minutes. The view from the shuttles themselves are amazing..........
............but getting dropped off and going for hikes is even better!!!
The scenery is utterly amazing............
..............and evidently in Davide's case a little romantic. (His Wife and him are SOOOO Cute!)
We did two hikes and the second was my favorite, because we got to walk up a narrowing canyon, partially in the stream that is named "The Virgin" River.
Lots of Sticks are left at the beginning of the trail for eager hikers to make their way upstream
Almost but not quite.......so no shots of Derick or Davide slipping into the river. We all made it through Dry!
Even me........damm, look at my tan!!
Climbing out on rocks for even more pictures!
And then on the drive home at about 6000-7000 feet the stone formations are really cool
And we even saw some bighorn Sheep. (Expand the photo and look carefully right in the middle of the one bellow. There were to many cars to stop right down by them.)
So, now that I have a traveling companion expect a lot more trips around this amazing part of the country!