Zion Narrows Episode Released!
I love driving to a place like Zion, getting there before sunset, and driving around a bit to figure out where to go the next morning to watch the sunrise. I drove into Zion and took a wrong turn. Actually, I missed the turn and went up up up and into the looooooooong miles long tunnel that takes you up and out of the East end of the park. I knew I had messed up half way through the tunnel but kept going. Sometimes messing up results in seeing special things. I pulled out of the tunnel and off the road to take a look around and saw the stars! What a site, with a pitch black night and complete silence the view of the night sky was perfect. It was worth the drive. After about a half hour of freezing and looking at the stars, I drove down and took the right turn into Zion Canyon. I wasn’t able to see much of where to go but drove through and back out to the campground. I layed my pack down at camp on a tarp and went to sleep.
I woke up about four in the morning covered with ice. My pack crack cracked as I moved and I popped my head out with ice cracking and sprinkling away as I pushed through. The dew must have settled on my pack and then the temperature dropped below freezing. I just looked up at the stars again and pulled the mummy string tight and went back to sleep.
Next morning, I got up in the dark, packed everything in the car, and drove into Zion Canyon. The predawn light was bright enough where I could plainly see where to go to watch the sunrise. Really, you’re in a large canyon, so you wont see the sun till around 10 am, but the sun shining on the towering canyon walls is spectacular! I ate breakfast next to my car with my camera rolling catching the light. I then spent the day exploring the canyon and filming the Zion Canyon episode:
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The next morning was the real reason for the trip: Zion Narrows. I had never been to The Narrows but had heard from too many people that it was the trip of a lifetime. It was. I rented a drysuit and walking stick in town and walked into a wonderland of sandstone canyon walls and greenish-blue waters that became my trail for most of the journey. Walking in water that flows in the opposite direction is slow going. You are pushing through the water with every step. Every turn in the canyon brings different surprises. Sometimes a shaft of light lighting the canyon in bright orange light, and sometimes water or mosses flowing over the sides. Sunlight shining down around a corner results in a red glow where you are and the sandstone erupts in light.
There’s a side canyon called Orderville Canyon that is not to be missed. It’s about three or four miles up The Narrows. You can see it above. The image above is a screenshot from the Zion Narrows episode. There was no one else there in Orderville and I was able to eat lunch and enjoy the peace and quiet that I come to places like this for. I hope you enjoy the episode and remember that it may be free to download, but if you enjoy it, leave a comment. Your comments will ensure possible sponsors that there are many of you out there that like the show. If you would the show to come out more often, well then help us get a sponsor by leaving a comment!
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