JUNE 5, 2013 (Wednesday)
Got up around 9 AM and lazed around drinking coffee and having breakfast. We left for Zion around 10 AM. It was a lovely drive to Zion. When we got there, we showed Michael’s $10 senior lifetime pass and we got in. Love that card. It costs $25 to get in normally. We ended up driving the short highway 9 route, through the tunnel and all the way to the east entrance. A snake path turned into a roadway. Switchbacks, double-backs, triple-backs and spectacular geology all along the way.
We drove back to the little town of Springdale, just outside the park entrance and had lunch at the Whiptail cafe. Good but expensive. Mike had his first $16.00 Burrito. A lady on the shuttle asked us how lunch was and Mike said the burrito seemed like a Frenchman’s interpretation of what a burrito might be.
We then took the shuttle to the park entrance, walked into the park and then took the park shuttle down the valley.
At the end of the line, where you can hike to “the narrows,” we got out and walked a mile or two. Lovely paved walk along the river. The trail hugged the canyon wall and amazing plants and mosses clung to the side, lived on dripping water, and wind. Such majesty everywhere. Very spiritual. There were lots of people throughout the park and on the trails, and it isn’t even the busy season yet.
We saw a group of climbers, looked like little dots on the massive canyon walls. We heard languages from France, India, Japan, Korea and many others. Nice to know other countries have heard and want to see the beautiful parks in our country.
We got back to our car around 5 PM. We were exhausted and wanted a nap. We drove to St. George and stopped at Dairy Queen for a snack. We were bad but it tasted so good. Good thing we don’t do that too often.
Drove to the Nevada Welcome Center in Mesquite looking for Internet access, no luck. Lovely day but we’re pooped and called it a day. We went back to our resort, watched TV, and called it a day.