We are visiting the state of Utah. On Sunday we did our first hike with our friends Fran and Marge. We picked an easy walkway called The Virgin Trail that led us along a riverbed and through some beautiful rock formations. We took to naming the rock formations we saw. Fran called this one Two Hedgehogs Mating. I called this one Face of a Drunk Man Lying on His Side. Dave called this one Half Man- Half Ape. There were some dead trees carved by wind and rain along the trail too. This one reminded me of an iguana. Beautiful flowers grew along our way. I recognized these brown eyed susans but although on the hike I had no idea what these lovely blossoms were called I found out later they were Yellow Birds of Paradise.
When you are on a hike with Fran you are always looking for birds. Here Fran is pointing out a road runner to Dave who is trying to capture it on camera. Unfortunately none of Dave’s bird pictures really turned out but in addition to the road runner we saw trumpeter swans, turkey buzzards, white crown sparrows and a beautiful blue heron. I loved the way the wind and water had shaped this rock to look like icing on a cake. The multi-colored rocks made a motley photo back drop. The scenery along the trail was spectacular.