September 14, 2014
We were expecting to see a whole lot of retirees on this trip and very few families. Wrong. Foreign tourists are financing the operations of our National Parks. We are hard pressed to find folks on the trails whose first language is English. Whole families are "on holiday" from their home countries. Zion NP is packed with them. (Keep the money coming folks. The parks can use it.) A ranger told us 60% of visitors to National Parks come from over seas.
We were advised to get to the Park before 9:00AM to get a parking space. We did and we did.
This was a hiking day. We started out with a two mile walk on a paved trail. Then we caught a shuttle to an area called Temple of Sinawava. The one mile paved trail there follows the Virgin River in the Canyon. When it ends, hikers can continue by wading in the river to the narrows. It was a ball.
Sharon took a spill in the river at the very end, but she found it kind of refreshing.
The road up Zion Canyon is closed to most vehicles, but not bicycles. Jan and I were envious when we saw how many were on the road.