First thing this morning, George and Little Mavicito will test themselves against the fearsome Watchman Trail. The Zion Trail Guide describes this trail as:
Moderate Long drop-offs. Ends at view point of lower Zion Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, and Town of Springdale. Wow! This hike sounds sooooooo great!
9AM - Watchman hike.
Watchman Trail begins by going parallel to the Virgin River. The River has been rising the past few days. The warm weather melting the upstream snow.
Watchman and Virgin River.
The trail heads to the east up a small canyon. Switchbacks brought us to a nice view looking at the west wall of Zion Canyon.
View across Zion canyon.
We came to a point where Little Mavicito spotted Watchman Peak. There were a few people up there that we could see at the trail's end looking down at the view.
10:30AM End of the trail.
When we looked down at the wonderful view of the campgrounds below and Zion Canyon stretching out to the north, all we could say was, Wow!
View of campgrounds from Watchman Peak.
Does George appear to be a bit scared of being close to the cliff here at Watchman Peak?
George at the cliff.
Looking down at The Town of Springdale.
When we were in Springdale yesterday, we could not tell which way was Zion Park. Somebody pointed out to us, which way Zion Canyon is located.
Up here at Watchman Peak, it is easy to see all of Springdale winding away from us toward the west.
Springdale, Utah from Watchman Peak.
4:00PM - Cleaning Mr. Dometic.
We bet that you wonder why that Old George loves to clean and repair stuff? This afternoon, right there in the middle of Zion National Park, George cleaned a bit of MsTioga and then the innards of Mr. Dometic's refrigerator stuff.
Cleaning Mr. Dometic in Zion Park.
4:30PM - Reader Rance writes.
Remember yesterday in the Blog when we wrote that nobody on The Team could remember the name of the reader who told us about the petroglyphs across from South Campground? Hmmmmm? Well, this afternoon, guess who wrote us email? None other than Reader Rance himself! He wrote, “T'was I that wrote you about the petroglyphs.” Thank you soooooo much Reader Rance!
Rance also wrote, “Oh yeah, if you take that petroglyph trail a bit farther up the hill then get to the top of the small hill to the south you can get some really fantastic panoramas when the sun is leaving the valley. You can see from the entry station to the turnoff to Zion Canyon.”
You can bet for sure that Little Mavicito and George will be up on that hill this afternoon, as “..the sun is leaving the valley!”
View from West Zion Canyon at sundown.
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