Well we've come to the end of another day in Zion. It was 96 degrees out there today, but I never get bothered by it out in the desert, unless I'm really doing something strenuous.
This morning we got up early and went to the park to take some short hikes and visit the gift shop at Zion Lodge. We got back to the motel about two o'clock and convinced our hostess to open the pool for the first time this year. The water was 70 degrees, which felt really cold to us, but very refreshing.
Then we went shopping for souvenirs around town. One of the shops was a cowboy and indian antique store. It was really fascinating, and the guy working there, a Native American, was very knowledgeable about his wares.
He had a bunch of old guns, and "trading beads", which are a collectable out here in the West. They are actual beads that the settlers used to buy land from the natives. We didn't buy anything, but the visit was one of the highlights of the trip for me.
After eating pizza, we drove out into the countryside to visit an old Mormon ghost town. You have to admire our pioneers, who braved hostile Indians, diseases, flash floods and droughts to scratch a living from the land.
Tomorrow it's off the the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. We'll have to get up early.