I know you’ve been dying to know what happened on the rest of our trip, so here goes. After spending Sunday and Monday traveling to and enjoying St. George, we loaded up the kids and headed into Zion National Park. We first stopped and watched the IMAX movie called “Zion Canyon – Treasure of the Gods” which was pretty impressive, although it featured a Native American ghost spirit that kind of scared the kids. We rode the shuttle around the park (they don’t let you drive your car in there) and enjoyed lunch at the lodge, along with a 2.5 mile hike to the Emerald Pools (we made it to all three pools). The afternoon got a little chilly, and so we headed back to St. George so the kids could do some more swimming. Robin cooked us up some delicious T-bone steaks for dinner.
The next morning we cleaned and packed up the condo and left for another fun-filled day. We first went back to Zion and enjoyed a very flat hike along the Virgin River at the Temple of Sinawava, which is the last shuttle stop and the gateway to the Zion Narrows, which I hope to hike someday. We also visited Weeping Rock and the Court of the Patriarchs before loading everyone back in the car for a drive through the Zion tunnel along the Mt. Carmel highway. Two hours later, we were watching a video on the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitors’ Center and buying the kids post cards at the gift shop (a very inexpensive souvenir, I recommend it!)
We looked at a couple viewpoints before heading back to Ruby’s Inn where were were staying. We ate dinner in their diner and then got all ready to go swimming, but the pool was closed for cleaning, much to the dismay of the children. So we watched some silly movie on the Disney channel before going to bed. The next morning we got up and visited Bryce Canyon in record time. You see, Bryce is about 9,000 feet above sea level at its highest point, and so it is MUCH colder than its neighbors. We drove to the end of the road and planned to see all the lookouts coming back. The guide said we could plan to spend 15 minutes at each location. Well it was 20 degrees and the wind was blowing like an icy hurricane, so we spent about 15 seconds at each overlook. We didn’t even turn off the car. We’d jump out, run to the lookout spot, ooh and aah, and then run back to the warmth of the van. The kids loved it and at some point I’ll put some video up about our adventures there.