I’ve been scurrying around Zion's footpaths like some demented cockroach. Although I haven’t done any challenging trails because I’m a) alone and b) some 2,000 miles from my orthopedic surgeon. :-)
|View from my campsite.|
Nevertheless, I’ve had a blast roaming the place.
My favorite hike was to the Emerald Pools.
The trail culminates in a series of pools made from water stored in the porous rock that, against all odds, creates an oasis in this desert environment.
Surface algae gives the water its usual aqua-emerald appearance. Alas, not on this day, as the sun refused to shine.
There was a series of thunderstorm the night before; as a result, all the slot canyons were closed due to the danger of flash floods. And the famed Angel’s Landing trail was closed for construction to repair the trail.
|Wildflowers and Cacti side-by-side. A unique ecosystem.|
The beauty of the hike and the pools is incomparable.
|A precarious arrangement of balanced rocks along the trail.|
The sun reappeared in full force the following day along with ideal temperatures.
It's difficult to leave such a glorious place, knowing you may never return. But go I must, onto the next adventure. Here are a few parting shots.
The drive out of the canyon via the 24-mile Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is stunning.
The GDB zipped up all the switchbacks and glided through the 1.1 mile-long tunnel as she was bred to do.
What an experience!
And so ends my tour of the Southern Utah National Parks – no longer a great gaping hole on my travel resume. It’s a trip I’ll never forget.
Not that it’s over yet. Stay tuned!