During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday September 30: Kodachrome State Park UT

Just east of Bryce Canyon is Kodachrome State Park, home to towering sandstone “chimneys” which change color depending on the sky and time of day.  And to answer your question, the National Geographic Society in 1949, with consent from Kodak, named the park Kodachrome.  The red sandstone combined with iron ore stata in the cliffs makes for an interesting area.

On the road to Kodachrome

Sandstone outcroppings

Colorful rock formations, a number of chimneys near base of mountain


Interesting effect of erosion

Narrow trail high above the road

An interesting story about our time in Kodachrome:  The hiking trails contained several crossing loops and the signage left a lot to be desired.  We had encountered a single hiker on the trail and saw him from time to time in the distance.  While we weren’t exactly sure where we were and how to get back, we did meet up with this hiker, Fred from Philadelphia, and he was totally lost.  Anyway we pooled our brainpower and eventually figured out how to return to the trailhead.  The irony of the situation is that Fred is a retired GE/Lockheed engineer who was involved with the development of the GPS satellite.  We figured a guy with that background shouldn’t be lost.

We drove back to Cedar City for a steak dinner at Rusty’s Road House and had enough left for a picnic lunch on Saturday.  A long day but tomorrow we’re off to Zion.

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