Date: March 24, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Zion National Park
Mileage: End -
Total Miles for the day:
Weather: partly cloudy, warm
Temperature: start 50º
Wildlife count: Black Phoebe, 2 Sandhill Cranes, House Finch
We finally ran out of water! We are camping with electric only, and after 7 days, we needed to empty waste tanks and fill the fresh water tank. So after breakfast, we picked up stakes, drove the 100yds to the fill station and were back, set up, in less than an hour. It worked pretty slick!
Our hike for today was to be Emerald Pools – we really thought we might only make the Lower Pool, but when we got there, and it was so lovely, we decided to go on. The hike to Middle Pool was up lots of stairs, and the way to the Upper Waterfall and Pool was strewn with boulders, which required LOTS of stepping up, around, over and pulling up. However, it was well worth it! The Upper Pool was delightful. The last photo of the day shows a look back up the hike from the Lodge, and the Upper Pool Waterfall is circled. It doesn’t look very high, but it was 1.5 miles up, with a lot of twists and turns.
We enjoyed lunch at the Lodge outdoor café. Drove up canyon, thinking we might see a Condor at Big Bend. However, being Saturday, there were cars parked everywhere – sure can see why a shuttle service is used in peak season! Too bad it cannot be started now during Spring Break.
Crashed when we got home, and then walked over to the Visitor’s Center, exploring for tomorrow’s hike. Walked over the bridge to Springdale, exploring a delightful Photo Gallery. Home, spaghetti dinner, and a walk around the camping loop above us, and we were done for the evening. Walked over 5 miles today, and our ‘dogs’ are tired!