At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

More fantastic scenery in Utah's Zion National Park

We've got a nice campsite, and we don't have to be in Kodachrome State Park until tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, so we've decided to stay here a third night. Not really much to tell other than we've been enjoying perfect weather and fantastic scenery.

So, let's let the photos tell most of the story...

First thing, we went for a walk around the two campgrounds. One campground has electric hookups, and one has no hookups at all.

A new bike trail has been built beside Watchman Campground.

This is close to the park entrance.

Lots of bridges on the bike path.

The Virgin River in Zion National Park.

I love this kind of scenery!

We rode our bikes to one of the further bus stops, and then took the bus to a short hiking trail.

More scenery.

Perfect weather.

We did the fairly short Emeralds Pools trails. Only about 3 miles because we were saving ourselves for today's hike that you'll hear about tomorrow morning!

One of the pools.

Quite a few people because it was a fairly easy hike. 

You can see the sprinkling of water coming down. That's actually a waterfall that we are behind.

Crossing the bridge you get another nice view of the Virgin River.

We actually tried to have a bit of a coasting day yesterday because we were doing an 8 mile (13 km) hike this morning and we were saving our energy for that. You can read about it in the next post, hopefully Sunday morning!

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16 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous area. I love the reflection photo.

    Eight miles...not is a very good workout.

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    1. Thanks Paul and Marsha, and we agree this is a gorgeous area.

      Yep, the eight miles was just a walk in the park! ;-)

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  2. I bet you did the Angels Landing trail....I've hike it but made it to the zipper and had to turn around...it was getting dark and I neglected to bring my head lights. I hiked it in middle of summer when it was very hot...hiking that mountain took drinking a lot of water. Anyway, Emerald Pools were dry except for wet spots on rock walls and the Virgin River was a trickle. Nice place Zion.

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    1. You would have lost the bet! Although we did think about it but end the end chose to do Observation Point, and not sorry that we did.

      I don't think we would enjoy the area as much in the summer, there would be way too many people for our liking and the temperatures would be to hot for any really enjoyable hiking, at least our mind.

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  3. Fantastic photography you guys. Frameables!

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    1. Thanks Chris! It really is hard to not take a good photo here, the scenery is spectacular.

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  4. Wonderful scenery and a nice relaxing day. Enjoy the big hike today.

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    1. Yes, for the most part it was a relaxing day. We had to conserve our energy for our big hike the next day.

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  5. I'm guessing you did Angels Landing too.

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    1. Wrong! We were very tempted to do it but instead chose to do the Observation Point Trail and not at all sorry that we made this decision. Not as much thrill factor but definitely a much better hike overall and the views were outstanding!

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  6. Three guesses for Angels Landing. It is a fantastic hike, plus you'll get bragging rights!

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    1. You lose! And, yes we gave up the bragging rights, maybe next time! Have to admit I am not sorry that we decided to go with the Observation Point Trail, this was a fantastic hike and amazing views the whole way along the trail.

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  7. thanks of posting these beautiful pics. I may never get to see this place so I totally appreciate your pics. In fact I have been following your travels for a couple years and have enjoyed all your adventures,

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    1. Thank you Jan for taking the time to comment and so happy that you are enjoying our blog and our pictures. I hope that one day you will be able to see some of these places yourself.

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  8. Hi! What kind of camera do you guys use because your photos are stunning! Also, thanks for your help with figuring out labels. Worked like a charm! Robin

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    1. Most of the pictures are taken with Kevin's camera which is a Nikon P520 and when we are driving some of the pictures are taken with my little point and shoot camera which is an Olympus SZ-12.

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