The Government Shutdown: Hanging Out Around Dixie National Forest
With the government shutdown closing all the parks and monuments I was a bit stuck being in Southern Utah. Without any indication of how long it was going to last and because I really wanted to go to Bryce and Zion National Parks I decided to take Route 14 over the mountains into Dixie National Forest and the town of Cedar Rapids to ride it out. I ultimately waited in the area for 6 days until it became apparent that there was going to be no quick resolution on the shutdown. But luckily Dixie National Forest roads were open for through traffic which meant I was able to do some hiking and exploring. I did find out a little late in the game that it was hunting season. Whoops.
The aspen trees there, like the ones near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were fiery and bright. I took probably 5,000 photos of them. Cedar Rapids, for such a small town, had a very nice park on the border of the National Forest and a great aquatic center which provided some warmth after the 25 degree nights.