Photos from Green Tortoise southwestern national parks trip, Y2K

 

 


My compadres of the Green Tortoise, on the bus

 

 


The GT'ers again--those wacky Europeans, I tell ya...

 

 


A tree on Dome Rock, Sequoia National Forest

 

 


The forest ranger wedding we witnessed at Dome Rock; note the aisle made of cowboy & hiking boots. :)

 

 


Beautiful burned-out tree in Sequoia National Forest

 

 


Industrial El Paso, where we parked to walk across the border into Mexico

 

 


White sands, New Mexico--a desert of powdered gypsum

 

 


White sands again, and the UFO-like shades in the parking lots

 

 


Ruins of the Hohokam people in New Mexico, similar to the Anasazi

 

 


More Hohokam ruins

 

 


Footholds in the sandstone of Canyon de Chelley. In some places, these are the only trails into and out of the canyon.

 

 


Canyon de Chelley, part of the canyon wall

 

 


Texture of the rock in Canyon de Chelley (yes, I really liked it there.)

 

 


"White House" ruins in Canyon de Chelley

 

 


Hummingbird feeder and its patrons, in Saguaro National Park

 

 


Sunrise in Valley of the Gods, a place deserving of the name

 

 


A butte in Monument Valley

 

 


Early morning in the Grand Canyon

 

 


A turtle-shaped tree in the Grand Canyon

 

 


Another Grand Canyon tree, at dawn

 

 


Fiona (one of the GT'ers) having a sunny rest in Zion

 

 


In Zion, this tree and the twelve-foot rock behind it were both split in half along the same line. Beware, lest ye too be smitten down!

 

 


Some of the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon--they so densely populate some areas that they look like sandstone cities