Westbound Again travel blog

The Virgin River from the trail on the way down to the...

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Pic on the way up to Weeping Rock

Bambis on the way down from Weeping Rock

Saw some rock climbers

Michele chatting with another hiker at The Narrows

We pulled out of North Las Vegas at 10:00 headed north on Las Vegas Blvd. on our way to I-15, northeast back into the very NW corner of AZ, then into the SW corner of UT, to today’s destination of Leeds UT. The weather was cloudy all day, with some drizzle thrown in. In the 4 weeks we have been gone, we have had almost no rain while we have been on the road – today, in the Nevada desert, we get rain. Go figure.

After we set up camp, we had a little lunch and then loaded into the Jeep for a 45 minute drive to the South entrance of Zion National Park. The park is a little unique – every April, they ban private cars from the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive (except those staying at the lodge) and everyone has to use the shuttle bus system. It’s really efficient and worked just fine for us. We hopped off at a bunch of stops to hike and take some pictures. Because of the crappy weather, the pics aren’t so great but I think you’ll get the idea. This place is stunning in crappy weather; it has to be unbelievable with good weather.

We hiked up to the Lower Emerald Pool, then down from there to the Grotto Picnic stop, got back on the bus to a couple other stops for photos – saw some deer - then at the last stop – the Temple of Sinawava – we hiked a 2 mile roundtrip to The Narrows on the Riverside Trail. We finally got off the shuttle at the Visitor Center in the dark at 9:00 and headed back to the bus.

After a couple Grilled Cheese sammiches, it was time to do this literary masterpiece and then go off to bed. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be crappier – 80% chance of rain so we’re not real sure how it’s all going to play out. Stay tuned.

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