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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zion National Park Trip: Grafton Cemetery

On Friday after we checked out the hotel, we had a little time before we could check in. We decided to check out a little ghost town we heard about just outside of town. It was a bit of a drive to get there, but so worth it.

The first thing we saw there was the cemetery.

This little sign was just outside the entrance and it proved to be very informative:

It was very neat to see all these old headstones. They were all from the late 1800s.

 All kinds of people are buried in this cemetery. This baby was especially heart-breaking. 

We really wonder who this "Cedar Pete" guy was. That's the only thing marking his grave.
Many of the people in the cemetery were killed by Indians. I thought it was interesting they had these guys buried in the same place.

If you ever find yourself at ZNP, I HIGHLY recommend Grafton. It was a very cool trip. More to come!

Zion National Park Trip: Arriving in Springdale

After we finished with Kolob Canyon, we drove to the South Entrance of ZNP in Springdale. We were sure to stop along the way and take a few photos.

We spotted an ostrich farm enroute. Melissa insisted that we get out of the car to get a closer look.

Not too far from the ostrich farm, we saw this tree covered in shoes.

We saw many beautiful views such as this on our way there.

It was still too early to check it, but we scoped out the location for our hotel. 

  The hotel had a nice little patio area, so we stopped and ate some lunch.

I checked out our guidebook while we ate lunch.
 Getting a picture of Melissa looking great wasn't too hard.
 However, Brent has a little problem keeping his eyes open in photos...
 Take 2...
 Take 3....
And....close enough.

Our room was lovely. It had an amazing view and was really close to the hot tub. We didn't actually get to check in until later, but I figured this was as good a place as any to post the photos.