Hiking Zion

Picture 036It’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 Continue reading

The Narrows – Zion

DSC02411Here’s another hike my family did back in June. I couldn’t go since I was handicapped with my fractured arm, but I did this hike with my husband back when we were engaged, so I remember it. This is another amazing hike that touches the soul because it’s like you’re viewing a piece of heaven you never get to see in normal life.

My in-laws were beyond kind and drove my family 2-1/2 hours to the drop off point at some ranch outside of Zion National Park. You should have a big stick for support; this helps to check the river depth and gives you an ‘extra leg’ when hiking through the river (which you have to do a LOT on this hike since it’s in the narrow slot canyons).

This year was a low water year, so the water didn’t get above their waists, but on high water years, be prepared to swim many parts of this hike (waterproof your belongings either way). The river is full of slippery, mossy rocks, so wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support and carry a big stick (I sound like Teddy Roosevelt). Continue reading

Angel’s Landing – Zion

DSC02262Back in June, my family did some amazing hikes. This is the first hike they did. I didn’t get to do this with them since I was still in a sling, but I’ve hiked this many times since my Grandma lives only about 40 minutes away. These pictures took me back to my young, spry days when I hiked like a mountain goat and ran down switchbacks without my knees screaming at me. Now that I’m older, I hike more like a dairy cow (Moooo! Give me a snack.) Continue reading

Look Up!

P1010478Fall weather is the best. The temperatures are cooler and all the trees and plants put their energy into one last dazzling show before winter. It’s the perfect time to hike.  As a kid, my dad took us on random hikes all the time.  Some were half hour jaunts at Red Rock Canyon, where we did more climbing than hiking. Some were long—half a day or more.  When we visited my grandparents in southern Utah, we’d hike trails in Zion National Park (heaven on Earth).

To some, hiking might seem the epitome of pointlessness.  Why work so hard to get up to a ridge, just to come down again? And your feet hurt! If you feel that way, maybe you just haven’t gone on the right hikes…or gone prepared with the right equipment and attitude. Continue reading

Chasing Storms in Zion

2005 zion flood3Zion National Park is probably my favorite place on earth.  I know there are places bigger and grander (like Yosemite and Yellowstone), but Zion, even though small compared to those, has more CONCENTRATED beauty jammed into that little area of southern Utah than any other place I know.

My grandparents lived in a little town half an hour from Zion.  I went there all the time as a kid…so I’m a little biased.  Zion is heaven to me…and if you want to be my friend, you’ll agree.  Once when we drove through, one of my young kids asked, “Why do you like this place, Mom?  It’s just a desert.”

I was flabbergasted and wondered if my child had been switched with another at birth…for MY children should LOVE Zion.

I forgave her for her insensitive thoughts…and over the years, I’m happy to say, she has matured and now LOVES Zion.  Little kids sometimes say the darnedest things. Continue reading