The next day I decided to get out of the car and do some hiking. I had my comfortable sneakers and there was little snow at Zion. I also studied the maps and saw that there was a whole other area I hadn’t seen, and there were lots of hiking trails there. This road followed the Virgin River, so a lot of the trails were along the river. Walking is just different than driving, and you see different things and experience an area in other ways.
I love how the trees looked so silver in the sunlight
This cute little bird came hopping down the path
This trail ended at a spot where water was falling from the rocks high above and forming these “emerald ponds” named for the green algae that lives there.
I love this tree on a corner of the path. The trunk was twisted and very pretty.
I stopped by and visited the horses waiting for riders. One of them was actually a mule, and as big as the horses.
This bright blue bird flew across the parking lot and I was lucky to get one shot of him
A short but steep hike up to the rock walls that were weeping water
I like the white tree
I saw three deer along the river
This duck came bouncing down the river until it found a calmer spot behind this rock.
Water was “weeping” out of this rock from very high up
The path along the river on my favorite trail
There were signs not to feed the wildlife and that there were $100 fines, but the squirrels seemed to know that people could give handouts, so they would walk right up to you.
When I got to this part of the trail I decided this was as far as I was going. I didn’t want to spend the rest of the day in wet sneakers
Near the end of the dry part of the trail were all these cairns that people had made.
Water was trickling from the rock walls and into this little stream where bits of green were starting to grow.
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