Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 7, 2010 - Zion National Park (Utah)

We woke to an outside temperature of 39 degrees.  Thank goodness we decided to turn the heater on before we went to bed so the RV was nice and warm.  We started out this Friday with a Ranger Led Shuttle tour of Zion Canyon at 9am.  We stopped at several spots that were not the normal shuttle stops and gained more knowledge on the history and geology of the park. 

One of the stops was a very pretty little waterfall where we decided we would need to go back to visit without the tour group.  Once the tour finished at the Temple of Sinawava, we hiked back down the road to revisit the waterfall.  We hung out quite a while taking photos and enjoying the cool quiet and completely deserted spot.  We then hiked back down to the Big Bend shuttle stop to go further down the canyon.

For lunch we decided to eat at the Red Rock Grill which is the restaurant at the Zion Lodge.  We had great beef and chicken burgers that were reasonably priced and the view could not be any better.  Once we had eaten lunch it was time for us to go our separate ways. 

Matt's plan was to hike a trail called Angel's landing.  After my experience with the chains on Thursday, we decided that I should not attempt this hike as it was even more rugged and exposed.  It was definitely the highlight of Matt's trip and even though he turned around once and came back down, he did eventually make it to the top. 

Just across the ridge and almost to the top...

Ah...  made it to the top and enjoying the view...

The view up the canyon.

The view down the canyon.

The trail down across the ridge...

Up close and personal with the trail and all its chains to help you up.

The 20+ switchbacks that take you up and down the trail are known as "Walter's Wiggles".  This is a view from the top of them.

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