It’s time to explore. I’ve posted about Zion before (because it’s one of my favorite places on earth), and thought I’d explore this place some more with you (since it’s cold outside and I’d like to dream of warmer places).
I’ve hiked Zion before in the winter, but it can get a little bit of snow and always ice. That, combined with the slick red rock, can make hiking treacherous. It’s still doable…but I usually do the flatter trails (like the Temple of Sinawava trail) because it’s hard to climb upward when your feet can’t gain any traction.
These pictures are from early summer a few years ago. Aren’t they beautiful? Have I mentioned I LOVE Zion?
I’m not going to go into a travelogue of my hike to Observation Point. You can read about it by clicking the link if you’re interested and want to make plans to hike it someday. I’m just going to meander through my memories and give you a small taste of how awesome this park is.
Growing up, I hiked this park almost every time we visited my Grandpa and Grandma. The park wasn’t as crowded back then. We’d drive up for the day and grab a picnic bench and have a lunch. Mom and Grandma would stay by the river with the little kids while us older ones went exploring some new (or familiar) trail with Dad and Grandpa. We always had a blast.
When we did this trail a few years ago, my kids were so wee cute and energetic. Now they’re all grownup and I wonder…What the heck happened? Where did my wee cute little muggers go? My baby boy is now 6 feet tall and seems to be all legs and arms.
But I digress. This trail was pretty cool. We started at Weeping Rock (which anyone can do–it’s only 1/4 mile long). You can see by the pictures that this one becomes a little more strenuous of a hike. It eventually connects up with the East Rim trail–which is super strenuous, but I don’t believe we did that this day.
We did reach some dicey parts with chains along the rock cliffs that made my husband super nervous with the kids. Of course, the kids weren’t nervous. They thought they were mountain goats and hopped, skipped and naively climbed their way over the scary spots without even blinking their eyes and saying a Hail Mary.
I guess what I learned from Exploring today is that parents stress out a lot more than kids do. My kids (and my nieces) didn’t have any idea of the dangerous terrain they traversed that day. But that’s okay…because my husband had ultra-sharp danger senses to make up for their innocence and about had a heart attack watching out and keeping them from falling to their deaths that day. (Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dangerous–but there were chains attached to the rocky cliffs for a reason. I did use them). So thank goodness for Dads…who watch over us when we’re too stupid to do it ourselves.
This hike was gorgeous. It had a pretty steep ascent, but the views were spectacular of the park. Totally worth the wear and tear on my legs and feet.
What about you? Do you have any exciting places you’ve explored in the last couple years? Did you have to hold onto chains to get there?