Saturday, April 23, 2011

2011 Zion National Park Day 2

After a quick buffet breakfast at the Spotted Dog, we headed to the Zion Cycle Bike Shop to pick the bikes that we rented on Friday. The plan for the day is to ride up Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. With short stops at Court of the Patriarchs, the Zion Lodge and the Weeping Rock, we covered more than 9 miles to the Temple of Sinawava where the road ends. From here, we hiked about a mile to the Narrows. When the water is lower, you can continuing hiking up the canyon in the river. Based on the pictures that I have seen, this is a spectacular hike. It is something that I would like to return and do some day.

Back on the bikes, we started back. We stopped for a late lunch at the Zion Lodge; everyone had bison burgers. The trip back was downhill. We covered the next 8 miles fast with Jack leading the way. By the time that we were back to the bike shop, my garmin indicated that we had biked and hiked over 23 miles.

After scouting a couple of places for dinner, we headed back to Flaningan's Inn. The three of us spent some time in the jacuzzi and lounged in the room.

We finished the night with a late dinner at Bit & Spur. Jack had duck carnitas, I had sweet potato tamales and Sharon had a combination plate.

After two long days and a very active Saturday, we crashed hard after dinner.

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