An Afternoon Drive Along Kolob Terrace Road
About a week after Abby’s injury we decided to take a family drive as it were. Tom and I were still unwilling to leave her alone since she wasn’t walking well and she was just so sad at not being able to do anything so we decided to bring her to the mountains with us. This of course limited the amount of time us humans could explore by foot, but did allow us all a nice leisurely afternoon of touring and got Abby out of the house; she loves riding in cars because it almost always means a hike is involved so she was quite happy laying in the back. Because we were able to see some yellow aspens on the mountain from the house I chose a drive up to Kolob Terrace Road which runs for about 20 miles through scenic pasture, aspen forest, and meadow.
We did indeed find multiple stands of aspens still holding onto their foliage though many more had shed their leaves for winter. Tom and I took a few short walks overlooking Right Hand and Cedar Canyons alone but we took Abby out of the car at the pullout overlooking the large lava field so she could check out some new scenery while we rock hopped across the boulders. Back in the car, we passed miles of pasture occupied by sheep which made Abbs pretty happy; I glanced back numerous times watching her looking alert, with ears up and nose lifted as high as possible towards the air coming in through the open windows.
Finally we began our descent towards Zion where we stopped to admire the monolithic sandstone formations rising from the scrub oak plains and ponderosa pines.