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Zion

Zion

The Narros trailhead at the Virgin River

Families enjoying the river

Zion

Tom cracking the boulder

The Emerald Pool


SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 – MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

Sunday started with 9 AM Mass at St. George Church in St. George, UT. They have 4 Masses each weekend, one in Spanish. A new pries was starting to serve the parish. Fr. Dass is from India. He is a very dynamic speaker but hard to understand when he is making a point and raises his voice. After Mass Tom asked someone in the parking lot to suggest a place for breakfast. The Black Bear Café was recommended. It is a very popular restaurant. The servings were large & delicious. There was a constant line waiting to be seated.

Zion National Park was the destination. Found a spot at Zion Canyon RV Park. It is part of Quality Inn. Next door was the shuttle stop for the free Zion bus. We had a nice level spot with full hookups. Quickly set up and headed into the park on the shuttle. We waited through 4 double shuttles until we got on. Very crowded on the weekend. Took the in-park shuttle to the end of the line to hike the River Walk by the Virgin River. The trail leads back to the trailhead for the Narrow hike. The trail was crowded. It was a nice wide path and accommodated the large crowd. The really fun part was watching the young ones splashing in the river. The temps reached 90 on the trail. The river wasn’t deep but had a strong current. We watched many hikers in their waterproof shoes wading across the river shoes with their hiking poles heading to the Narrows. That is the only way to get to the trailhead, through the river. The scenery was beyond any we even dreamed of. It took us over 2 hrs. to walk the 2.2 mile trail because of the numerous picture stops. The squirrels were out in huge numbers. They were not afraid of humans and begged food of everyone. Very little English was spoken on the trail. We heard German, Dutch, a bit of French and many Asian languages. The foreign tourists far outnumbered the Americans.

We hopped on the shuttle back to the RV Park. Ate at the restaurant next door, Whiptail. Shared chicken tacos & salad – stuffed afterwards.

Monday morning started with excellent shower rooms. Lots of hot water, good water pressure, a couple hooks and a bench. Owners get an A in our book. We checked out a couple nearby stores and decided to go in the park later in the afternoon. Forecast was for 90 again today. We went into the park around 6 pm. No line at the shuttle stop this time, but that fooled us. We were surprised by the number of people on the trail. Again many languages were heard. In fact only 3 groups of the hundreds of people we passed spoke English.

We decided to hike to Lower Emerald Pool. The area is horseshoe shaped and supports an abundance of plant like, an oasis in a desert. There are no rivers in this area. The waterfalls are fed by water seeping through the rock. During the spring, rains create multiple waterfalls around the horseshoe. The pool supports many types of plant life. The green color comes from algae. The trailhead is near the park lodge so we later browsed the gift shop. Tom found a T-shirt he liked.

Heading back to the Visitors Center all buses were packed. We stood from stop 8 to stop 3. A bunch of tired tourists ready to head home. Riding the town shuttle back to the campground we decided to ride to the end of the line to check restaurants along the way. Our bus driver suggested a couple. We chose the Bit & Spur. While waiting for our order there were 2 deer walking around outside the restaurant. We were finished early enough to catch the shuttle to the camp. Found the ice cream shop across the street still open. Finished off the night with dessert!



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