Friday, May 7, 2010

May 6, 2010 - Zion National Park

Yesterday, Thursday May 6, we continued our exploration of the Zion Canyon portion of the park under beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the 70's.  We started out by getting on the shuttles again.  This time to the Weeping Rock stop. 

Our first hike was to Hidden Canyon.  I was a bit nervous on this hike as the trail descriptions warned of steep drop offs.  Well, lets just say that the warnings were definitely needed.  The last section of this trail was a huge slick rock section that rounded a point.  Thank goodness is was fixed with lots of chains for something to hold onto.  Here I am clinging for dear life to the poor chains...

We next did the easy walk up to the Weeping Rock.  It was cool and gorgeous with beautiful hanging gardens all around the rock.  It is estimated that the water coming from the rock is over 1,000 years old and is still filtering through the Navajo Sandstone that the cliffs are made of.

We jumped back on the shuttle and got off at the Big Bend stop for a quick lunch.  We found a great lunch rock and enjoyed the beautiful 360 degree view of towering sandstone cliffs.  We headed back to the RV for a quick rest.  After our rest, we enjoyed the Visitors Center welcome film on Zion.  We then boarded the shuttle to the Canyon Junction stop so that we could walk the Pa'rus trail along the river to look for a good place to photograph the Watchman again.  We walked from the Canyon Junction trail head down to the camping areas near the park entrance and then settled on a foot bridge to take some photos. 

 A quick Thai dinner in a restaurant just outside the park and back to the RV to fall into an exhausted sleep.

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