Pictures from Day 3 (Zion Canyon)

We got up early, not having to pack, as we were staying in the same place tonight. Had breakfast, checked out the visitor's center, and then took the bus up to our trailhead at the "Weeping Garden's".

A short distance up the trail we branched off for Hidden Canyon, ultimately returning to the same point, and then heading up Echo Canyon for Observation Point.

By the time we got back down, we were definitely a bit foot-weary, with sore knees. We took the bus back to the visitor center, headed back to the motel, and after the necessary hot showers, it was off to dinner. This time we went to Flanigan's, and had a very good dinner. We went back again next morning for breakfast.

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Hidden Canyon, one of many "slot" canyons in the area.

This is a narrow canyon that is completely hidden till you get right into it. In order to get to it you have to traverse a portion of trail that's three feet wide with a shear drop-off on one side. But it's only a couple of hundred feet and there's an old chain bolted to the cliff face on the section where the trail slopes steeply and slightly away from the cliff. We hit this just after a rain storm the previous night and found ourselves jumping back and forth across a creek that normally doesn't exist in the bottom and, in fact, had nearly disappeared completely by the time we made it back out to the entrance.

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One of the narrow parts that we scrambled around A bit clearer view of the same spot
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Note the strange fauna the temporary stream brings out. Another strange creature

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Echo Canyon, one of many "slot" canyons in the area, Zion National Park, Echo Canyon on the way up to Observation Point.
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Looking up at the section where the trail is in the narrowest portion of Echo canyon. You can see where the trail is actually cut into the cliff at the narrowest point. Dave looking down canyon
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Dave actually straddling the canyon Three days into the trip, the lack of readily available tequila seems to be taking its toll on Casey.

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Observation point, looking down (into and along) Zion Canyon.
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The Virgin river winding through Zion Canyon (looking south) Dave thinks it would be cool to ride the thermals off the edge and avoid the walk down but finds that his chest hair just doesn't have enough loft for the task.
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Casey tries to send email from his digital cellular phone but the local carrier denies him access. Probably just as well. Looking to the east, with the trail visible at the lower right.
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Looking down into the canyon that ultimately feeds water into the "Weeping Gardens" Looking across Observation Point to the west, Casey busy composing his email
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Dave and Casey photograph the evidence of a brazen mid-day robbery from their packs. Another thief. Not quite as brazen as those we found the next day at Bryce!

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