After the Great Salt Lake my intention was to visit Fifth Water Hot Springs. I did visit the trailhead both yesterday and today, but forgot what day it was (i.e. the weekend) and it was so busy I couldn’t even park. Oh well, so much for skinny dipping with Mormons and college girls.
Nearby Diamond Fork NF campground was also full up, and due to high activity from bears and cougars, there was no way I would risk going solo on BLM lands. Nobody would accept couchsurfing, and even got rejected like 4 times on AirBnB. Luckily late Saturday a nice woman in Provo, UT did accept and it turned out to be cheaper than others in the end. Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket with this luck?
Sunday I drove around some more and made my way to the west entrance of Zion National Park. Found out there that Zion is just about the hardest park to camp, and often people line up in the AM for first-come spots (reserved spots are booked for 6 months). Once again luck was on my side – I found a small cabin/shack in Kannaraville, UT that was only $2 more than a tent spot! Might make this home for a few days to see multiple parks here like Bryce Canyon, Arches, etc.
About 4 blocks from the RV park there is a waterfall that is a local attraction. Weather once again wasn’t on my side, and winds are 40mph sustained again. Hiked about halfway before it got dark and the imagination of mountain lions got the better of me. Heard a few rattlers in the distance too but didn’t see any. Tested out a 50L North Face pack I got at Cabelas in SD and it’s too damn big which I had already assumed but now know for sure.
Since rain shortened my day, went to local Walmart for supplies. Wasatch Polygamy Porter was the best they got in Mormon land. 4% ABV – weakness!
More to come later. Here are a few crappy pics. Didn’t take many lately, too much driving. Uploading on 3G using buggy WordPress app is a patience tester! Tomorrow definitely driving to Zion south entrance and doing some cool day hikes.