October 13, 2019
TJ’s publishes recipes that call for their prepared products. Last night I made Spicy Chicken Chimichura which was delicious and very easy to make. (Josh and Melissa, speedy dinner for you! Is in your recipe book.). Jalapeno chicken sausage sliced, browned. Add broccoli florets and packaged Chimichura. Voila! Had 2015 Beringer Reserve chardonnay.
I got up early to do the laundry before breakfast. Very windy! Sun on the cliffs was gorgeous. We didn’t leave camp until 10:00 which is late for getting into the park. We walked to the Visitor Center to see the movie which is now shown in the museum. The Visitor Center is now a village with grocery, equipment rental, commercial lodges etc. None of it was there 7 years ago. I did get my obligatory passport stamp that I didn’t get in Bryce. (The parking at the Bryce Visitor Center was impossible and we didn’t want to take the time for the shuttle as we had to drive to Zion)
We walked to Pa’rus path, along the Virgin River, to Canyon Junction. We didn’t realize there were 2 museums off the path. We got to the first which was closed for the season and were bummed. At Canyon Junction we hopped on the Zion Shuttle to the Lodge where we had lunch. Water was $5.31 a bottle which we fortunately had. That is a big incentive to bring a bottle and fill it for free. Is supposed to reach 80 degrees today but wasn’t really too warm on our hikes. From the Lodge we again took the Zion Shuttle to the last stop, Temple of Sinawava. The River Walk follows the Virgin River and ends at the jumping off point for the Narrows Walk. The folks walking part of the Narrows were obvious. All had rented, colorful water boots, waterproof pants and wooden walking sticks. Not sure when we spent the day on the Narrows hiking with Joshua. (25-30 years ago?). Am sure we had on tennis shoes, bathing suit and probably not a walking stick. We saw very few people along the way. Stopped to dip in little pools of water to cool off. It was a life-experience for sure.
Took the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center and walked back to camp. Walked 9 miles so far. Have 5:45 reservations at the Spotted Dog. More on that tomorrow when we head for Page, AZ.