2 fulltimers travel blog

Leaving Mesquite

Red pavement

 

Arch produced by erosion

 

 

Our campsite

 

The Patriachs-Abraham, Jacob, Issac

Trail rides leaving from the Lodge

Arch of Zion

Bottom man of 3

middle man

Leader

 

The Great White Throne

Hikers on Angles' Landing

Angels' Landing

Trail to Tempe of Sinawava leads to the Narrows

One of many slot canyons

leading into the Narrows

Ma & Pa kettle

Swamp in the desert

 

one of many snow melt falls

another fall

 

Hanging gardens coming to life

Virgin River

 

Emerald Pool level1

 

Emerald Pools-level 1

Chains for hanging on!

Trail

 

 

Emerald Pools middle level

Trail

Waterfall carving out a slot canyon

Water fall into the Emerald Pool-level 3

Falls from the mesa tops

Emerald Pools-upper level


Everything in Zion NP takes life from the Virgin River. It carves canyons, melts solid rock into cliffs and towers. It's origin is the top of the Colorado Plateau. The Grand Staircase is a series of cliffs and slopes beginning with the Colorado Plateau with the Grand Canyon forming the lowest rung of the staircase. It is there the Virgin River joins the Colorado River. The geology in this area is simple: Navajo sandstone(white), add rust(iron), and borite(hardening agent). Limestone lies on the "bottom floor" as residue from the ocean once covering these sand dunes. This is a sanctuary in the desert. Early Native American residents, Paiutes, and the Mormon pioneers are responsible for giving faith based names to the formations. In fact, the name Zion is a Hebrew word for refuge. Animal life and farming grow best at Zion's elevations. After scoping out the park map and guide, we selected a week's worth of hikes. So far, so good. Trails are designed to prevent unintended human destruction. Water, good shoes, dressed in layers(AM temps-42; midday 75) and a backpack filled with other "essentials". Emerald Pools was the longest and most difficult thus far. It is classified as a moderate hike! I'm going to work on improving photography. The landscape is vast-far greater in height and width than the camera eye. Enjoy these pics; let's see how the next one's look. This is day 4. We took a break by driving to Bryce Canyon. Come back for something totally different!



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