If you’ve ever been to Zion NP you’ve probably heard the phrase “Zion is Sanctuary”. It’s an expression that’s been around at least as long as the park itself. And it certainly fits. Aside from Acadia NP in Maine, it was probably the first park we ever visited. Not surprisingly, it’s still our favorite. We never tire of seeing it. Part of the reason for that is the sense of “sanctuary” that one gets in this place. It just feels “safe”. Well, if you don’t consider some of the idiot humans who wander through. Some of ’em are just plain nuts.
If these creatures could talk, they’d probably say the same thing. We’ve seen them before wandering around in the park, but never this close. We spotted bighorns 3 times in Zion on this trip, actually. I’m guessing their numbers are gradually increasing. Like American bison, they were fairly rare as recently as the 1960’s. Now the herds are slowly growing again. This one certainly wasn’t concerned about my presence (although I wasn’t as close as it looks). Which is a good thing given those nasty looking horns.
Right now we’re “resting” in Las Vegas. And it’s very hot (upper 90’s). But at least I have reliable WIFI here. It was very spotty over the last week in both Springdale, Utah (Zion) and in Page, AZ. Some days it worked and some days it didn’t. Ain’t civilization wonderful?