Our first full day inside Zion NP,we're getting a early start.
Julie busy making our morning meal and coffee.
Just turned onto Hwy9 from Mosquito Cove,coolness is the word for this morning.
Zippng through Rockville and entring Springdale,there was no sighs of construction workers.
Hardly a person was up, this was good for us.
Spotted a Lance camper being hauled on a Ford truck.
Why did the deer cross the road? This deer was completely undaunted by any cars coming on by.
He would step to the shoulder and scratch it's ear.
Much of Zion's visitor center is still in the mountain's shadow. We'll be going to the Emerald Pools for our first excursion.
Taking the shuttle from the visitor center to Emerald Pools. We were dropped off at Zion Lodge and made our way to the trail head.
A Tom turkey taking a morning drink, I was able to get fairly close to it.
Four hens were with this tom.
Trail map of Emeraold Pools
On the bridge over looking the Virgin River. More people are showing up for this trail walk.
Julie and I on the bridge deciding which way to since Emerald Pools is a looping trail.
We decided on doing the counter clock wise way.
So long bridge.
A gentle raise in the trail makes for easy walking.
From here we could view the mountain on the other side of roadway as the sun finally crept over the pecks.
Water could appear anywhere on the trail.
More trail flowers.
And some more flowers.
A good view of Zion Lodge and the bridge we crossed.
There is no lack of shrubs,trees and other vegetation along this trail,the road to farther area of Zion can be seen below.
Not long the trail turns towards the mountain,a good view of the river below.
On the trail.
Our first sighting of the middle pool area,can't see the small waterfalls from here.
Trail work ahead,all being done by hand.
Stone was cut from above and lower using a sling setup.
Julie standing by a leaking rock.
At this point we could see the trail to the lower pool.
Stairway to the middle pool.
The middle Emerald Pool,great reflextion!
Emerald pools gets iit name from all the "green" growing in it.
On the wrong side, stepping beyound the boundary area to get some interesting photos.
Water overflowing from the middle pool has created some small waterfalls.
Middle pool waterfalls
A lizard hiding among some Scouringrush.
Leaving the middle pool, heading to the upper pool/
The way to uppper pool.
Two gents coming back from the upper pool, its worth the hike up! they said.
There are some rocks to climb over,lucky its easy a easy climb.
A great view from trail going up.
Julie crossing a sandy section of the trail.
Another lizard, "hey buddy you got bug?"