Buckle your seat belts this is a long one

Trip Start Apr 05, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Watchman Campground (loop B)

Flag of United States  , Utah
Monday, April 8, 2013

Ranger Jess is a liar. We got a recommendation from Alex's friend to eat a a place called Chez Bison. She claimed it was the best meal of her life – I wouldn't go that far, but it was still awesome – so upon that recommendation we decided to splurge and go for it. We asked Ranger Jess where the place was because our phones weren't working and he didn't quite know but said it was probably at the lodge. It wasn't.

After a half hour shuttle ride to the lodge we had to turn around, go a half hour back, get in our car, ride another 45 mins to the east side of the park and by this time we were READY TO EAT. Some positives about the ride were the narrow switchbacks which were pretty cool, the mile long tunnel finished in 1930 and cruising along the red road.

Once there, Chez Bison dinner was amazing – we got to see a 3 HOUR old horse stumble around and learn to walk, and hour old chickens – it was a miracle restaurant.

To give you a little perspective the restaurant was made with old wood and was on a bison ranch. Big windows faced out into the ranch so we could see the bison 100 yards away. When we got to dinner tt was a little foggy but cleared up by the end of our meal. We got the bison fillet wrapped in bacon and the rib eye crusted in espresso, and other things I’m forgetting. and a bottle of red and finished up with a brownie and ice cream to power up before our hike the following day. There were only 3 other groups eating that night so we all talked and one lady showed us pictures of the birth and some other cool bison shots. We warmed up by the wood burning stove before we left.

After arriving at our campsite for the first time at 9:30pm (after Chez Bison) we set up the tent which included a memory foam mattress, one comforter and one duvet, one cashmere blanket courtesy of Weez, two real pillows – If you haven’t gotten the picture we were staying at the Coleman Ritz – Thanks Betsy for the tent. Food Coma.

Day 1 at Zion:

Woke up, it was FREEZING. Put on our hiking gear, went to the local market and got lunch and some fire wood for later, and hopped on the shuttle to the weeping rock stop (30 minutes). Initially we were going to do the famous Angles Landing hike but it called for a windy day and climbing the last mile would have been to sketchy. Instead we opted for Observation Point which is an 8 mile hike to a peak that’s 700 feet higher than Angels Landing which actually looks down on Angles Landing (longer hike, better view, less chance of untimely death). A picture is worth a thousand words so to see what the hike was like, see the pictures.

Side note: The 8 miles hike took a while and Sarah drank a lot of water. With me guarding the trail she went for it. When she got up she realized her seat was a pricker bush. The Splinter Monster STRIKES AGAIN!

We crushed the hike in record time, got down, and rode the shuttle all the way to the end of the park – on the way up the shuttle acts as a tour guide so we learned all sorts of stuff about Zion.

On the way down we stopped at River Walk and took a leisure hike along the Virgin River a mile of so to the Narrows. It was pretty relaxing after the 2,800ft elevation change hike we were just on.

On the shuttle back to our camp site we asked the shuttle driver where to get some Mexican around this place. She said Bit & Spur so after bumming around in town looking at rocks we headed for some Mexican and beers. After dinner we picked up a 6 pack, started a fire and looked at it for 3 hours. We decided to call it a night, woke up, broke down camp, said goodbye to Zion, and headed to the Grand Canyon.

Side note: Zion doesn't have showers. I’m writing this in the car. Sarah’s holding her nose. I’m not sure if it’s because of the lack of showers or last night’s burrito. 
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