Merry Christmas from Zion NP

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

I will do my best to post more frequently in the coming year. I have so many posts planned, but it seems that work and life get in the way too frequently.

Merry Christmas.

Enjoy, Kelly

Let it Snow!! Let it Snow!!!

Yesterday, we had a snow storm move in.  The forecast called for 2 – 4 inches of snow.  Well, let’s just say the weatherman has NO idea what he’s talking about!!  This is what it looked like yesterday when I went to work:

CRW_1622I love the way that the black and white looks with the snow here.

At 5:00pm yesterday, the snow was measured at 11 1/2″ of snow.  It finally stopped snowing around 8:00pm last night, with another 5-7″ accumulation.

This is this what it looked like this morning when I went up for breakfast:

CRW_1632These are our historic cabins here at Zion Lodge with Mountain of the Sun in the background.  Oh yes, we even have an invasion of snowmen, only one so far has shown up, but I suspect there will be more arriving later today.

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And here is the historic Zion Lodge, in all its splendor and beauty with snow.

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What’s really crazy, is that this is the most snow this area has seen for many years.  Washington County basically came to a standstill because of this storm.  The city of St. George, Utah, has only one snow plow, and it’s at the airport, which is also closed because it couldn’t keep up.  All the other towns and cities here have also closed down because they don’t  have any plows either, with all church services being cancelled due to snow, which is also a first.

The Arizona Strip, with Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is closed until further notice because three semis collided and jackknifed over night.  All the cars are being escorted out one by one out of the gorge by the Arizona Highway Patrol because of the accidents there. Snow is beautiful if you don’t have to drive in it.  Stay off the roads if you don’t have to drive today.

The Crossing

The Crossing

This photo is called “The Crossing” I’m using it to say farewell to two cousins who have crossed over in the last couple of weeks. November has been a very tough month for me. Not only saying farewell to two cousins, but also remembering my dear mother who passed in November several years ago. Losing family members is very tough, but the faith that there is another realm of existence where families will be together helps a great deal. It lessens the pain of loss and sorrow. I wish to express my gratitude to these two wonderful cousins and my mother who have influenced my life and were great examples to me of how to live life to the fullest and enjoy each moment.

Life is precious. It’s important to enjoy each moment you can with family and friends, because what else is there? Without family and friends, we have nothing.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving where we celebrate our Thanks to our Creator for all He gave us, and for the ultimate sacrifice of His Son, who gave us life that we will be lifted up perfected at the last day to be with those we love.

Isn’t that what this holiday season is really about? Giving thanks and remembering the real meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope you remember to enjoy your time together with family and friends, and remember to slow down this holiday season and remember why we celebrate.

Kelly