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"Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other." -- Ann Landers

298--Utah: Bryce Canyon & Zion
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 06 2005 - 18:36 PST
cherie writes: What’s a hoodoo? It sounds like a made-up word and looks like something out of a fairy tale. But if you’ve been to Bryce Canyon you know that hoodoos are the strange pillar-like rock formations left after the process of erosion. The scenery at Bryce Canyon is simultaneously bizarre and wild with the pinks and violets of manganese and the reds and yellows of iron. Carved over a period of 20 million years from the Claron Formation, the colorful limestone spires seem like a good place spot unicorns or trolls.

Hoodoos are form from the contraction and expansion of water to ice. The extreme temperatures of Bryce Canyon create hundreds of freeze-thaw cycles annually, fracturing the rocks, and letting the acidic rain carve new pinnacles. What ever you-do, don’t miss seeing a hoodoo!

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Cherie learns what a "hoodoo" is at one of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States--Bryce Canyon.

Cherie learns what a "hoodoo" is at one of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States--Bryce Canyon.

Cherie and Lisa admire unique beauty of nature's sculptures.

Cherie and Lisa admire unique beauty of nature's sculptures.

Like a snowflake, each hoodoo is one-of-a-kind.

Like a snowflake, each hoodoo is one-of-a-kind.

The leaning tree.

The leaning tree.

Manganese paints the canyon pink.

Manganese paints the canyon pink.

Cherie is one of 1.7 million people who will see Bryce Canyon this year.

Cherie is one of 1.7 million people who will see Bryce Canyon this year.

This hoodoo was happy to see me!

This hoodoo was happy to see me!

A quick peek over the edge!

A quick peek over the edge!

Flowers glowing yellow like the sun.

Flowers glowing yellow like the sun.

A panorama of colorful limestone.

A panorama of colorful limestone.

On Sept. 15, 1928, Bryce Canyon became Utah's 2nd National Park.

On Sept. 15, 1928, Bryce Canyon became Utah's 2nd National Park.

The lonely tree.

The lonely tree.

How the process of erosion begins.  In a few million years, there will be hoodoos here.

How the process of erosion begins. In a few million years, there will be hoodoos here.

Bryce Canyon is one of 380 National Parks in the USA.

Bryce Canyon is one of 380 National Parks in the USA.

On a sunny day, you can see for over 100 miles.

On a sunny day, you can see for over 100 miles.

This is one place where it is impossible not to smile.

This is one place where it is impossible not to smile.

The bristlecone pines at Bryce's highest elevation are more than 1600-years-old.

The bristlecone pines at Bryce's highest elevation are more than 1600-years-old.

One last breath of the serene beauty of Bryce Canyon.

One last breath of the serene beauty of Bryce Canyon.

Anyone want to play checkers in Zion on this natural checker-board?

Anyone want to play checkers in Zion on this natural checker-board?

The bold colors of nature.

The bold colors of nature.

Zion's scenery is stunning and dramatic.

Zion's scenery is stunning and dramatic.

A sprig of life.

A sprig of life.

Weeping rock, sometimes nature does cry.

Weeping rock, sometimes nature does cry.

Cherie in Zion National Park.

Cherie in Zion National Park.

Zion has the most diversity of plants in the state of Utah---over 800 native species.

Zion has the most diversity of plants in the state of Utah---over 800 native species.

The word "Zion" means sacred place or utopia.

The word "Zion" means sacred place or utopia.

From natural wonders to man-made wonders...this is Las Vegas!

From natural wonders to man-made wonders...this is Las Vegas!

Let there be light!

Let there be light!

All that glitters isn't gold.

All that glitters isn't gold.

Anyone seen a neon cowboy around these here parts?

Anyone seen a neon cowboy around these here parts?

In Las Vegas it is Mardi Gras every day!

In Las Vegas it is Mardi Gras every day!

Even the flowers are made of glass.

Even the flowers are made of glass.

These flowers never die.

These flowers never die.

Ready for a little romance?

Ready for a little romance?

Lisa wants to go for the ride of her life!

Lisa wants to go for the ride of her life!

Why not?

Why not?

People pay to do this?

People pay to do this?

That smile says Lisa wants to do it again.

That smile says Lisa wants to do it again.

Lisa enjoying the view at the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio.

Lisa enjoying the view at the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio.

Cherie and Lisa prepare for a night out on the town.

Cherie and Lisa prepare for a night out on the town.

When the sun goes down, Las Vegas wakes up.

When the sun goes down, Las Vegas wakes up.

The night begins.

The night begins.

Modern day castles.

Modern day castles.

The American Flag waves at the moon.

The American Flag waves at the moon.

Cherie with Penn (of the famous magicians Penn and Teller.)

Cherie with Penn (of the famous magicians Penn and Teller.)

Lisa gets a big hug after the magic show.

Lisa gets a big hug after the magic show.

Cherie with Teller.  You can't forget the little guy!

Cherie with Teller. You can't forget the little guy!