Zion National Park

The name Zion means promised land. Everything in this park was created by water seeking its level, eroding the mighty canyons of this magnificent area.

Terry and I are boondocking. That means we are camping on public land called BLM. The Bureau of Land Management is run by the Department of the Interior, part of the federal government. There are a few rules for camping in BLM, but basically it’s all about respecting the land and wildlife. Easy enough. We depend on water we bring in the RV tank as well as drinking water we have in containers. If we must have electricity, we run the generator. We haven’t done much with buying solar panels. But we see other RVs with them. This camping experience is beautiful and uplifting. But I still have a deep longing for stability and a home that is stationary. It’s confusing and upsetting for me to feel this way, in such a peaceful setting. Anyway, enough of my whining. Let me share the good times with you!

Zion National Park is a very happening place. It’s Spring Break for lots of families, so the park is especially crowded. Shuttles run through the park to take people to different viewpoints and trails, but the lines were soooooo long! And talk about whining! If you have ever waited in a line with a kid, you will know what I mean. Now, for Terry’s brilliant idea! We have bikes on the Toad, so…we rode about 4 miles to the trailhead! Gorgeous scenery and a doable ride!

The hike I chose is called Emerald Pools. Although the scenery was amazing, the crowds of people kinda spoiled some of it for us. Still, we trekked along, taking it all in.

Ok, that last photo is not the most flattering picture, but whatever πŸ™„. The hike was a moderate 5 miles with some elevation. It always helps to use the hiking poles. It’s like having 4 legs!

We were able to finish the last mile on a solitary path that runs along the river. Time to cool off the sore feet!

The ride back to the car was challenging. There was a wicked headwind whipping through the canyon. We made it back, no worries. Just a good day of my favorite things.

The next day I decided to plan us a hike that would not involve any crowds. I found an alternate entrance to the park, but it’s really only for remote hiking and some camping. The hike is called Left Fork/Subway. If you know anything about Zion, you will know that some of the hikes either suggest or require guides. Subway is one of them. We certainly were not up to that, but we chose to hike Left Fork as far as we felt like. What a treat!

We only saw 4 people the whole time. Yessssssss!

The hike was great until it got very steep with narrow ledges and drop offs that were dangerous. I tried to navigate a little further on my own, but I know when the mountain wins.

Last night there was a series of thunderstorms. I was hoping for a rainbow, but this is all I got.

The rain brings out the beauty of the desert.

It also brings lots of red mud. Taking up camp was not great fun this morning. But it’s time to move on, toward Bryce National Park. I’m trying continuously to experience each moment, embrace and accept my feelings, whether or not they are what I expect. Peace to you. ✌🏿

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