How can a month go by so quickly? We have loved our time at Zion, but are ready to head in a north easterly direction to Moab, Utah. We leave on Monday, April 1st. Though our month at Zion has been spectacular, we are ready for a new view from our front window.
The last week at Zion found us hiking, biking and enjoying Spring time blooms. On Sunday morning we decided to brave the crowds at Zion and go for an early morning hike, hopefully beating the crowds that arrived for Easter. Imagine our surprise when we found the park trams in use. We had to take one of these to our destination, Weeping Rock, for the trail head that takes us up into Hidden Canyon. Previously we had been able to drive our car to the trail head to hike, but with tram usage, only vehicles staying at Zion Lodge are allowed past the Visitors Center. Visiting Zion National Park is much less hectic before Easter, because that is when the crowds really descend into this beautiful part of Utah.
On the drive into the park, we passed orchards where the trees were sprayed with water to protect them from the night freezes that we experienced Saturday and Sunday nights. The trees appeared quite magical with their boughs covered in ice.
The Hidden Canyon hike is considered a strenuous one, with long drop offs along the way. Our path followed along a steep cliff face to a narrow canyon. The pictures are mostly in the shade because we were so early.
Though there were chains in certain areas on the trail, Hidden Canyon was not nearly as scary as Angel's Landing.
This picture shows the steep drop off of the trail.
The picture below shows the tram that moves people around the park. Without them, the car back ups would be horrible.
So what has Bear been doing at Zion when he could not go hiking with us? Below is a picture of an exhausted Bear after a day at doggy daycare. We found a wonderful place near us called Doggie Dudes. Bear has been going two days a week to learn how to get along with other dogs. We had noticed that he was becoming much more dog aggressive in the RV parks when we walk him on a leash. He actually spends so much time with us that he thinks he is human and as a result thinks he does not have to get along with others. We love our boy, but he has got to be able to relate to other dogs. With Doggie Dudes help, Bear is doing much better.
A very tired Bear after a day at Doggy Dudes
Melissa adores Bear and she is a big part of his success at Doggy Dudes
Spring is here at Zion. The fruit trees are in bloom with lots of color. The hardwood trees are just beginning to bud.
Our last hike in the Zion area was on Wednesday at the Red Cliffs area. That is such a great place because there are very few people and Bear can go off leash. The pictures below show that hike.
Sometimes you have to work very hard to get that pic. Here Roger has a steep fall on his right and a prickly sage on his left.
Do you ever wonder where the tumbleweeds go? I do and I found a bunch of them at this fence. This is a favorite picture of mine because it depicts the wooden fence with the tumbleweeds and the mountains in the background. Yee Haa, y'all!
Next Sunday's blog will come to you from Moab, Utah. We will be there for a month. Thank you for joining us as we continue exploring this beautiful land. Happy Easter to all of you.