Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Trip to Zions

Toward the end of May, Kyle and I took a trip down to Zion's National Park. It was a last minute spontaneous thing and we were lucky to get the last campsite that was open. I've always wanted to see more of southern utah and I definitely did not regret my choice. It was absolutely stunning/beautiful and I wish we could've stayed a few extra days.

The first night we came in we decided to just to hike around and explore off trail near our campsite. We played in the river, saw some deer, and I was entertained by all the cacti with flowers on them. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the weekend. It wasn't super hot, so it made hiking really nice. We made dinner off of a campfire and set up our camp.

The next day, we woke up early and immediately drove up the canyon. We got to go through a mile long tunnel which was really entertaining. The first trail we hiked on was the canyon overlook trail. It was pretty easy, but the end was a beautiful overlook. We came back afterwards and realized we had left the lights on in my car after going through the tunnel. So, we stopped a random French guy and he was kind enough to jump us. That is definitely one thing we noticed while down in Zions; there were a lot of tourists from different countries but I thought it was kinda cool that people would come from so far to see the park.

After that we had to go back to camp and took a shuttle to see all of the other trails. We hiked up the Emerald Pool Trail first which wasn't too much of a struggle but it was crowded so it took a while longer than the last. Just like the name implies, the top of the trail is a series of pools.

The last trail we hiked (and my very own personal challenge) was Angel's Landing. This trail was much harder then the others we had hiked and took 2.5-3 hours to hike. It was very steep which made me feel out of shape lol, but the scary part for me was the end part. I have always been uncomfortable with heights, especially when I'm not harnessed or strapped into something like on a roller coaster. The top section of Angel's Landing is along a 1400ft cliffside were you have to hold onto a chain link. When we got to this section, Kyle was very cautious with me and asked me if I wanted to continue. I sat down for a few minutes, looked at what was in front of me, and decided there was no way in hell I was going to turn back after how far I'd come. I knew that it was much scarier looking up at it then when I was on it. I was really calm the whole way through and even though I was exhausted, I wanted to conquer that mountain.

I only wish our trip could've lasted longer. We had several mishaps (car battery dying, chipmunk eating our hotdog buns, etc.), but it was honestly one of my favorite trips I've ever taken.