Saturday, October 4
With departure from Zion and a return to the open road imminent tomorrow morning, time for updates is limited tonight, but I’ll do what I can.
Well really, there should have been plenty enough time to prep for travel and update the blog, but Julie and I got a bit distracted. We originally planned to drive into Zion this morning and hop the shuttle for a quick 1 mile round trip paved hike up to Weeping Rock, a feature neither of us had gotten to see yet. It would take maybe an hour and a half at most including the shuttle time, and then we’d have plenty of time to get back to the RV and pack up.
“But Hidden Canyon trail splits right off from this trail, and it’s only 2 miles round trip, it shouldn’t take that much longer.” Famous last words.
Hidden Canyon Trail is like Angel’s Landing lite, 850 feet of climb in 1 mile, but at the top it’s still chains and steep drop offs, luckily only on one side. At the top it ends at the mouth of a pretty impressive slot canyon, complete with water at the bottom due to the rain last week. What can I say, I can’t refuse a good hike. Photos from today will be coming up in a future post.
So anyway, running a bit short on time. The photos seen here are all from Monday the 29th when Julie and I went to Bryce Canyon. On this trip we managed to hike down below the rim among the hoodoos, man was that amazing. They’re so much bigger up close than they seem from the overlooks up top. We did the Hat Shop Trail, 4 miles round trip, and the popular 1.3 mile Navajo Loop. You could get lost in the maze of giants down there, and the contrast between green trees, blue sky, and orange rock is just incredible. Trust me, when you go visit Bryce, make sure you save time to do at least one walk down among the hoodoos.
So what’s next? Cas’ next resting place will hopefully be the Valley of Fire State Park in NV tomorrow night, and Lake Mead the night after that. After that we’re making a beeline for another National Park where we’ll have three nights to explore with luck. Which one? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!
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