Again, the Trading Post flooded and the mop had to be kept handy all day for repeated clean up. Again, we had to evacuate the lower tent sites as they became part of an impromptu stream. Again we spent a good part of our day trying to explain to visitors that no, we didn’t know exactly what was going on or when the park would re-open.
Go figure that I’d be working out here during the least desert-y period the region has experienced for a long time, but since this area has been under drought conditions for so long, the rain is a good thing. And I must admit, it does make for interesting photos.
As it turns out, there were several mud and rock slides, none of them big but still treacherous to cross. What kept the Mt. Carmel highway closed was undercutting of the road that park officials were worried might lead to collapse, that’s a good reason to close a road down I think. It sounds like Bryce Canyon had also closed, it was snowing at the higher elevations as temperatures dropped dramatically during the rain and continue to be cooler afterward. Summer has drawn to a close.
Zion reopened Saturday night at 8 pm with warnings to watch out for rubble and debris, and by Sunday was free and clear. Good news for all the tourists who are on a set schedule and couldn’t afford to lose a second day.
Julie and I hiked the Narrows the previous Monday (that’s where two of these photos come from), and good thing we did it then because we likely wouldn’t have gotten a second change. Our last day working for Zion Mountain Ranch is October 3rd, only two days away!, and then it’s back to the open road for a week long meander over to Fernley, NV, and being a Christmas Elf for Amazon during the holidays. More on the locations we’ll be hitting along the way are to come. Have a good week all!
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