We rode the shuttle to the very last stop, the Temple of Sinawava, hiked the mile down the Riverside walk, and then started hiking up the Virgin River in the canyon called The Narrows. It was my favorite hike ever! Hiking and water, what could be better?! We didn’t rent the shoes that many people recommended and I am glad we didn’t. The water wasn’t that cold and our closed toe shoes were fine. We had checked the weather report for the day and there was no chance of showers or flash floods today, yeah.
The canyon was this beautiful for every step. We would hike through the water to a little bit of land, then through the water to the next land. We all had walking sticks to help us and I am so happy we did. It really made a difference in how we stepped on the wet rocks.
After a few hours of hiking, this is where we had our lunch. It was hard to stop because we kept on wanting to see what was around the next corner! “Oh, just one more” we said about a dozen times. Finally we were too hungry. Also, it was getting to be a little crowded. When we had started out at 8 a.m., there were only a handful of people in the canyon with us. By 11:30 a.m., it was getting to be a zoo. It had been so peaceful and quiet before, and we really enjoy nature that way. If you go, go early morning. There were hundreds of people in each little stretch of canyon as we hiked out.
On the way back, I took a few minutes to swim in this pool – after being told by my daughter that a boy died in Minnesota after swimming in a lake that was filled with microbes that made him sick. Very sad for the boy and his family, but not swimming is akin to not breathing for me. This is a moving river, so it was worth the risk.
After the shuttle took us back to our car, we hopped in so we could drive through the tunnel. Man-made in the 1930’s, you can drive through in a car, but would need a ride if you’re on a bike, or an escort if your RV is as large as ours. We didn’t want to hassle with either, so decided to take the car.
And here’s why we wanted to go through the tunnel – to get to the other side – miles of this beautiful view! Amazing to see trees grow out of the sandstone, and all the incredible colors. We’ve seen tons of paintings and photographs of Zion, but none are as grand as seeing it in person, with the sun shining, with your family.
This is part of the Checkerboard Mesa. Nate and I wanted to climb all the way up, but we knew it would be very hard to climb down, so he only went this far. It was the perfect climb to end yet another perfect day on the road. We are so lucky.