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Merganzers in the Virgin River

Early morning Court of the Patriarchs

Virgin River reflecting Abraham, Isaac & Jacob

Prickly Pear Blossom

Hiking to more Petroglyphs


Rock Wren

Side-blotched Lizard

This is MY rock!

Rock Squirrel hiding in the sage in our campsite

Watchman Reflections

Shooters on the Bridge

Watchman Glow

Simple Beauty

Today Date: March 26, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Zion National Park

Mileage: End -

Start -

Total Miles for the day:

Weather: rain/sleet very early, becoming sunny by afternoon

Temperature: start 43º, went down to 34° in East Canyon

High 60º

Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Say’s Phoebe, Rock Wren, Robin, Rock Squirrel, Stellar’s Jay, Scrub Jay, Side-blotched Lizard, White-crowned Sparrows, Merganzers,

It was quite a restful day. We were awakened around 4 am with wind, rain and sleet, so we just turned up the heat and went back to sleep! It made a very slow start to our day! When it looked a little warmer, we drove up through the tunnel and up to East Canyon. However, when we got there, the sun disappeared, and snow/sleet was everywhere – not a good time for hiking. Besides that, the wind was blowing, and at 34°, we just were cold.

So, we came back to the camper to warm up, and prepared a pot of chili for dinner – nothing better. We ate a quick bite of lunch, and after a little pick-me-up to recover our lost sleep, we went to the end of Scenic Canyon, thinking we would take the short hike to Weeping Rock, when there would be sun on it. Bummer, there was not a single place to park, and the shuttle does not run until this weekend! So, we hiked a short hike to view the Court of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, named by a Methodist pastor named Fredrick Fisher in 1916 – who said there were just Mormons here? Our next short hike was to the Petroglyphs, where we found a new lizard and new wren.

We walked to the Visitor’s Center and bought our t-shirts for Zion; sat in the sunshine and read till dinner time. Our chili was delightful. After clean-up, we drove back out to the entrance to Scenic Canyon and stood on the bridge with a lot of other photographers to shoot the classic Watchman and Virgin valley shot. It is just a lovely place to be.

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