Utah Rocks!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010


We moved again today to the Watchman Campground, not far but it had power and everything was in need of a charge. We decided to ride the shuttle to the end of the road; Temple of Sinawava and work our way back to camp.  There is a short riverside trail to the Temple of Sinawava and at the end of this trail you enter the Narrows where you are actually walking in the river as the canyon narrows.  

At the little waterfalls we encountered three photographers perched on rocks intently watching the falls. The had pretty sophisticated equipment and lighting so we were curious what they were doing.  George clamored over rocks to get to them and found that they were watching trout jumping the little waterfalls, trying to capture them midair.  Patience, patience, patience, which we did not possess.  We do not know how long they had been there when we arrived but they were just packing up when we returned 30 or so minutes later.

The next stop, Big Bend had no trails but wonderful shots of the mountains. 

We exited the shuttle again at the Grotto and walked the trail back to the Lodge where we had a wonderful lunch before continuing on to the Court of the Patriarchs.

Court of the Patriarchs is a quick stop, short trail for unobstructed views of the three large sandstone cliffs named for three towering figures of the Old Testament holding court over Birch Creek Canyon and that section of the Virgin River. In 1916 Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist minister, gave the religious names to the peaks.


On the left Abraham Peak (6890 ft), in the center Isaac Peak (6825 ft) and on the right, almost hidden behind Mount Moroni (5690ft), is Jacob Peak (6831 ft).

We had spent most of the day photographing the stops along the shuttle route.  Utah Rocks!

On return to camp George walked the Watchman Trail that leads right from Visitor Center and offers a nice overview of the canyon and then we enjoyed dinner and sunset in camp.
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Cori on

Hi Nancy & George,

I am so delighted you are having such a great adventure -- wow, the hot air balloon ride - how fun! I think I am positively green with envy but love it that you two are enjoying yourselves so much. Love, Cori

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