Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Las Vegas to Zion Canyon ...

We drove roughly three hours from Vegas to arrive at Zion Canyon. We had a beautiful camp site, next to the creek and surrounded by a beautiful part of the canyon. It was lovely to experience the rain on the day we arrived.

We were camped next to a lovely family from Vegas who had to younger children roughly the same age and sex as ours and also three young adult children. We were like long lost friends very early on and we shared smores with them after dinner on the first night. A smore you might be thinking - the US  version of roasting marshmallows means putting the marshmallow and chocolate between two gram crackers. Yas and Max could not get enough!!!

We were treated to an amazing rainbow after the storm slightly before sunset. Wow!

The creek provided huge amounts of excitement for the kids, they found a spot they proudly named, "Frog Island". This small islet in the creek contained hundreds of baby frogs - Max was in heaven. Many trips were made to Frog Island during our four night stay. The creek also was famous for its mini rapids which people loved to ride on inflatable tubes. Yas was in heaven, riding the rapids with the big girls.

Our favorite hike was called, "The Narrows." This involved a mile walk along the river, where the canyon begins to narrow. This is where you enter the water and walk or wade through the canyon. This was tricky at times as Max could not touch the bottom, but really beautiful. I was really impressed with how Yas and Max handled the walk/swim. Overall we would have covered at least five miles and they were fantastic.

During the walk we were joined by a number of squirrels - looking for food. They were really game, coming right up close.

Zion was truly beautiful - red earth and giant canyons. My only disappointment was that after a big hike I was looking forward to a cold alcoholic drink or a glass of red. We drove into town and stopped at the bottle shop which was inside a larger store. I was quickly informed by the shop owner that, "You are in Utah dear! You can't buy any alcohol - its Sunday"! I was not happy.

(Note to Kay and Graham - be prepared with wine!)

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