Funny, that only a day after the blog on man who was rappelling in a slot canyon getting in trouble in Zion’s Pine Creek Canyon, news is out of another “incident” at the the park.
Seems that on the night of Tuesday last (the 21st) some bad guy stole a car in Kanab and was joyriding. When word of the theft got out, the UHP – Utah Highway Patrol and nearby County Mounties went into hot pursuit.
Reports indicated that the thief was involved in drug activity and could be armed and dangerous. The stolen car entered Zion but avoided spike belts at the main entrance.
The car eluded police and continued to the town of Virgin. Here another set of spikes was set up – they worked. But even with 2 flat tires, the car continued for another six miles before spinning out of control. Yes, it stopped this time. An arrest was made.
Wow, ya never know. Resources are shared between Zion Park Protection rangers and the nearby little burgs of Rockville, Springdale, and Virgin Utah.
So it looks like Zion is the place to go for some reality-TV type action. But focus on the beautiful scenery. Next to Yosemite, I have to say Zion is a strong contender for #2.
Utah is so desolate you have very good odds of being all alone on your hikes.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Toe to toe, dancing very close. Barely breathing, almost comatose. Wall to wall – People hypnotized, and they’re stepping lightly. Hang each night in Rapture.” - Blondie
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch - www.HikeHalfDome.com