/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Layover #3: Surprise Valley

written Mar 1, 2018 @ 02:55 AM after hiking 12.00 miles

Woohoo! Another layover day! So let's get hiking, shall we?

But first, let's look at the boats and the sunrise

Nick, Amanda, and I did the 12-mile loop from camp, down to the Patio, and then through Surprise Valley, and finally back to camp.

Short scramble not too far after leaving camp

Hiking the 3 miles down river to the Patio

Don't forget to look upstream once in a while

Little people, big landscape

An hour and a half later, we arrived at the Patio. This is a sacred place to many native tribes, and for good reason. It's a wonderful green oasis slot canyon, with trees and waterfalls and beautiful water, all winding its way through a stunning side canyon.

Find Nick for a sense of scale

After that, we left and hiked the remaining 9 miles back to camp, going through Surprise Valley.

Once again, try to spot Nick.

Amanda's about to enter Surprise Valley

Surprise!

After that, we poked around Thunder River and Tapeats Creek on the way back to camp, but eventually just called it and got back to camp while there was still directly sunlight.

Hiking back to camp along Tapeats Creek

Back at camp

Once back at camp, we played cards and ate dutch oven pizza

Fun times

Late into the night.

Hanabi works well for this, because then everyone's cards face the light.