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Last Chance Get away of 2009

Our original plan was to visit Yosmite National Park and explore the surrounding area, but due to the spreading fire we change our plans at the time. After much discussion and some Internet searching it was decided to go a couple of areas that we hadn’t ever been to and re-visit a couple of national parks we’ve been to before.

Zion Nation Park
Part 7
Day Two

Oct. 03,2009

The day started with a cool breeze from which direction was constantly changing directions. This time we wouldn’t lose our chosen camping spot, it would be marked. Julie as usual was making our morning meal and I was already draining the first cup of the black brew she perked this morning.
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Motoring back into Springdale was quick, as if they know we were coming. The Elk were out doing some grazing, keeping the lawn trimmed and neat.
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Picking a parking space was easy; just park next to the big guy and no one will brother you.
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The wind had kicked up a notch; the trees were waving to everyone.
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Today’s excursion we will explore Weep Rock and the much talked about River Walk at the end of the shuttle line. Boarding the shuttle we were quickly at our first designation, Weeping Rock. An information signage greeted us with useful data.
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From the drop off point we had to walk around the bend and across a small bridge to get to the trailhead. Being this early, a cool walk it would be and a shady one at that.
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It was already apparent that care was taken to inform hikers of the variety of vegetation along the pathway by many of the identifying signs.
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Along with abundant of shrubs and trees there is water everywhere. We did come across a few mini waterfalls
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After the second bridge the trail start to climb a bit but isn’t very steep.
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Reaching the main viewing area, it indeed was wet here, water falling from the brow of ridge above us.
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One could sit here all day, enjoying the peaceful feel of this place, but we wouldn’t get to see the rest of Zion if we did that. So it was time to head back to the shuttle pick up stop.
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Taking the shuttle to next drop point call “The Bend” and it’s named that way cuz it just around the bend from Weeping rock. We had a great view of the Great White Throne and could just barely see people up on Angel’s Landing trail from were we were standing. Only shuttles and bicyclist are allowed beyond Canyon Junction in Zion. Near by is a fellow making his way up the face of the cliff, just like Spiderman.
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Catching the next shuttle for Temple Of Sinawave for the River Walk and into The Narrows.
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Debarking from our shuttle we headed toward a path that brought us to beside the Virgin River. The sun has made it over the mountaintops and the coolness is fading to a very comfortable level.
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The journey along the pathway how ever is still in the shade and from where we are standing a good view into the long narrowing canyon was easy to behold.
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A young buck, undaunted by passing hikers grazed upon the river fed grasses.
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Stopping by a natural pond we saw minnows swimming in the cold water supplied by run off from the cliff face with its hanging garden of plants.
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River Walk turns out to be a very easy trail to do with its abundant of shrubs, trees and little kids enjoying the wet wonder of this place.
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With the Narrows at hand at the end of this pathway, people were bunched up, having lunch or snacks. Unfortunately many people have ignored the warnings about feeding the squirrels and fat they are with no fear of people.
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It took some talking on my part to get Julie to make the river crossing; she is a good trooper, for the water was cold.
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A lot of people have gone this way, we have ever would only be going a short distance in. Not having hi-waders and not wanting to get that wet like some of the people seen coming back out.
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As enjoying as this place is, it was time to make our way back to our TC. Once back at the visitor center while walking to our truck there was this Fleetwood camper parked near by.
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Making our way back to our place by the flowing river to settle in for the night. Upon arriving there I notice we had an unusual RV rig among us, without a doubt world travelers.
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The sun was slowly setting leaving a golden light upon the near by cliffs for another end of a beautiful day. For tomorrow Julie and I would be heading for Bryce NP.
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Thanks to all for following along, next stop is Bryce NP.

* This post was edited 05/25/10 08:28pm by c.traveler2 *


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You two are really getting around! Can't wait for the Bryce Canyon pix [emoticon]


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Great post Alex the DW, LBD and I were in the area this spring. I was looking at your photo site. Where is the Buffalo Grill?
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Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your adventures!


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clinthia wrote:

Great post Alex the DW, LBD and I were in the area this spring. I was looking at your photo site. Where is the Buffalo Grill?
Clint


The Buffalo Grill is on Hwy9 between Zion NP east entrance and Hwy89, the food was really good as the service is, which is great.

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Brings back memories of our trip in 2005. Zion was beautiful and near the top of my "Revisit" list.

Thanks for the pics and video.


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It's been a long time since I've been to Zion, but your report makes me want to go back sooner rather than later - I'll probably wait for fall though.... it's getting a bit too warm there for my tastes.

Thanks for keeping the trip reports going!

FYI for visitors to Zion this summer:

Zion National Park officials have revised the construction schedule for road work on the east entrance to the park, a portal that saw more than 2.7 million visitors in 2009.

A 9.5-mile section of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (State Road 9) leading to the Mount Carmel Tunnel will undergo a $6 million makeover beginning June 1, according to a park news release. The restoration of the road, its first since it opened in 1930, involves removing old asphalt and improving drainage to prevent sloughing of the steep hillsides.

"Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park, and its famous trails and attractions will remain open and accessible," said Superintendent Jock Whitworth in the news release. "Zion National Park will be open for the duration of the project."

Access to the park from Interstate 15 via State Road 9 will not be affected by the construction; only travel between Highway 89 and the park will be in the construction zone.

Work begins June 1, but traffic will not be affected until June 7. Delays and closures are scheduled to continue Monday through Friday until Oct. 28.

Traffic will be affected as follows:

Monday through Friday, the road will be closed to travel between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 9 a.m., the road will be open to vehicles, but under traffic control with likely delays because of night work. No stopping, parking, bicycles or pedestrians will be allowed on the road.

On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the road will be open 24 hours, traffic control may be in effect.

There will be special tunnel escort hours for large vehicles Mondays through Fridays between 7 and 9 a.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. until July 31. All vehicles 7 feet 10 inches wide or wider and/or 11 feet 4 inches tall or taller are required to have an escort and can travel only during these times. This includes most dual wheeled pickup trucks, recreational vehicles and tour buses, according to the news release.

After July 31, the hours may be shortened due to lack of daylight.

Park officials warn the road in the construction area will be uneven at times, so are encouraging motorists to drive slowly. Bicyclists will not be allowed in the construction zone for the duration of the project because of safety concerns, the news release states.

For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion

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thanks so much for the road closure notice, we'll be there next week and I was unaware of the Rt 9 closure, I'll detour Rt389 to Rt59 into Hurricane to Springdale.

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Thanks for posting,this reminds me that I need to take a trip back to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point.

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