LF and I have made amends (again) and we are enjoying a 2nd honeymoon of sorts. I have been shooting more lately than when I first began. My main love is landscapes - not so much the grand, sweeping types as the more m edium to intimate sort. I live in the west, and have always made a point of staying away from NPs and ot her "touristy", crowded places - plus I try to avoid cliche subjects. However, I will be in the Salt Lake area in early July, and can arrange for a we ek or so of personal photography. Considering that, I would like to visit a few parks and shoot some 4x5. Anyway, here are my questions - (Yes, I looked in the archives). I am considering driving down to Bryce or Zion for a few days and am wondering i f those of you who have "been-there-done-that" can offer advice. I do not antici pate (or want) to take more than a short hike at a stretch ( a couple miles ) <B R> At Zion - 1. Is it worthwhile staying at the Zion Lodge? Does this significantly shorten t ravel times to the benefit of camera time? 2. With the recent road closure, is waiting for shuttles to get from point-to-po int fruitless? and is it better to just hike there? 3. I live in the west, and have backpacked extensively through much of the mount ain west, but have never seen a cougar. The NPS states that cougars are "fairly common through-out the park". Anyone every had an encounter? Got a photo? At Bryce- Just one question - Go to Zion instead?