04/08 Zion NP Day 3 Hiking the Canyon

April 08, 2018  •  3 Comments

Started the day out early to catch the sunrise at Temple and Towers.  This is supposed to be the best sunrise photo spot in the park.  The way the towering formations are lit up is pretty neat.  No clouds this morning so not much of a light show like yesterday.  From here I hopped on a shuttle and rode to the Court of the Patriarchs.  Apparently these were named after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  While I was there I saw one of the local residents but he simply showed me his backside and strode away.  I hopped back on the shuttle and went further north into the canyon and walked a steep climb to what has been named Weaping Rock.  Seems that water continually seeps through these rock structures and drips off the walls.  The photo kinda gives you a feel for what it looked like.  From here I hopped onto the shuttle once again and rode to the last stop of the canyon shuttle.  Here is where the narrows are (famous Zion hike) but they were closed due to the rains last night.  However there is a river walk that I started on but got too cold so headed back onto the shuttle and rode back to the trailhead leading to the Emerald Pools.  Yesterday I had hiked this trail to only the lower pools but today I went onward to the middle and upper pools.  Some of these photos show that part of my hike.  At the end of this hike I hopped back onto the shuttle once more and rode to the top of a trail named Pa'Rus.  This is a paved trail that follows the Virgin River.  I walked about half this trail to where I had parked the truck.  Went back to the campground from here and had lunch and then a nap.  Went back into the park around 5 PM to finish the Pa'Rus trail hike and to scope out good shooting locations for my night sky photography tomorrow morning early (about 2AM).  Am packed and ready to go in the early morning so I will sign off for today and hopefully have some awesome shots for tomorrow.  Thanks to those that are following my journey, especially to the three that are taking the time to leave me comments and encouragement.  You da best!  Now for the photos.

Met this guy near the visitor's center...


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Preston(non-registered)
Looking good! Lots of good sites!
Jim(non-registered)
WOW! The photos just get better!! Forget what I said in your last post - this is my favorite photos set so far! Even like the photo of the south bound end of a north bound turkey. However, you are not listening to my warnings and the old fart showed up again - this time next to his petrified double.
Julie(non-registered)
Nice shot of the backside of the "local resident". Cute one of you and the statue. Awesome shots of the area. Looking forward to the Milky Way shots tonight.
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