March 15, 2017

The colors of Zion.

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The Riverside Walk in Zion National Park, March 1, 2017.

18 comments:

California Snow said...

Beautiful photos. Did you hike Angels Landing? It's a little scary considering how narrow the trail is in some spots. :)

rehajm said...

Not seeing zee trouts. Still a little cloudy, but soon....

roesch/voltaire said...

That walk was memorable for us when we hiked it a number of years ago and discovered fresh cat tacks running parallel to our path. there were huge.

Bay Area Guy said...

Lovely photos. Makes me wanna go there!

WisRich said...

Great Pics Ann.

Ann Althouse said...

"Did you hike Angels Landing? It's a little scary considering how narrow the trail is in some spots."

Absolutely not. No interest in doing that.

WisRich said...

Hey Ann, did you venture into the Narrows?

roesch/voltaire said...

We also did not hike the full trail as one of the party is also afraid of heights and narrow paths so we turned back and went to Riverside Walk, which is where we saw the cat tracks.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, is that water potable? Last time I saw water that cloudy I was in Alaska and they warned us that drinking the water would give us runs like we'd never forget.

Ann Althouse said...

"Hey Ann, did you venture into the Narrows?"

That required special equipment. The water is very cold. But we did talk to a few people who did have the equipment and heard about how it works. We thought it would be fun to try but did not do it on this trip.

Ann Althouse said...

The river is the Virgin River. "Virgin" isn't an indication of the purity of the water. There was a guy named Virgin. From the Wikipedia entry:

"The river is named for Thomas Virgin, a member of the first American party to see it, led by Jedediah Smith in 1826. Smith named it "Adams River", after then-president John Quincy Adams, but later explorer and mapmaker John C. Fremont gave it its current name. After the Smith party successfully descended the river on the way to California, Thomas Virgin was badly wounded in an attack by Mohave people during the crossing of the Mojave Desert. Virgin recovered from his wounds but was later killed, along with most of Smith's companions, in an attack by Umpqua people (in present-day Oregon).[5] The Old Spanish Trail followed the Virgin River for part of its length from near St. George to the point it ascended the Mormon Plateau to cross to the Muddy River in present-day Nevada."

AJ Lynch said...

I was there in late October. You may have tread in my footsteps,

California Snow said...

My dad grew up in St. George, UT and he would say that the old timers joked the Virgin River was too thin to plow and too muddy to drink. I remember driving through the Virgin River Gorge countless times going to visit Grandma while growing up. I was told it was the most expensive section of the entire interstate system because of all the blasting required. Not sure if that's true. Probably the prettiest section of the entire St. George to L.A. drive though.

The Cracker Emcee said...

The Narrows is great. I mean attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion great. If you're willing to swim a few feet it gets even better.

pacwest said...

I saw the fattest squirrels I'd ever seen one July along that walk.

rcocean said...

"Hey Ann, did you venture into the Narrows?"

I've been meaning to do that walk for years. Unfortunately, the wife has ZERO interest in walking in water. Also, its very difficult to find the right time. If you go in the Winter/Spring the water is too high or too cold, if you go in August/September you have to worry about flash floods.

Angels landing is very crowded and not for people who are afraid of heights. Like Althouse, I too have no interest in going there. And so does my wife. Thanks goodness.

urbane legend said...

I love running water and rocks. Great opportunities for surrealist photos.

Rusty said...

Looks like good trout habitat if the water temps are right.
Lots of pocket water to float a dry fly.