Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yeah, We Hike.

If you have never been to Zion National Park- go. It was unbelievable. I have lived in Utah for a good five years, and I have not once ventured to the amazing sites here! This past weekend we decided to finally experience it.

The first day we drove straight to Zion and parked in some random parking lot like newbs. We had no idea where to go so we finally asked someone who looked real serious. (hiking boots, bandanas, camelbacks, you know... the real deal). They directed us to the park entrance, and we followed maps from there. Also, it was like $25 bucks to get into this place. At 3 million visitors a year... this place is making BANK.

That day we hiked the narrows. Way fun. Also way crowded. The water was freezing. The canyon was breathtaking. Very worth it.

That evening we went back to the camp site and cooked our tin foil dinners down on the beach. You could drive your car right up to the lake! That was an awesome idea until we got the good ole' Subi stuck... An hour or so later (with the help of some random dudes with a truck- AND NOT THE 3 PARK RANGER TRUCKS THAT PASSED BY) we got out. Stressful. But also kind of funny.

S'mores and card games filled the rest of the rest of the evening. The wood we brought was wet. That made for a great "fire." Thanks for trying boys :) 

Day 2 was a little more strenuous. And by a little I mean I couldn't walk on day 3. We hiked up to Observation Point. It was an 8 mile hike with an elevation change of about 2,100 feet. That may not sound like a lot, but it was a pretty difficult trek. Aust was so supportive the whole way. Love that man.

We planned to grill burgers over the fire that night but we bailed on that idea and hit up Red Robin in a near by city. (Happy Birthday Rachael!) Also, the game was on. Couldn't miss that. 

The final day we went up to Kolab Canyon and did a nice really short hike to conclude our trip. Great views. 

I may or may not have a rash on my legs from the lake. Also, a sunburn. Oh, and blisters on my weirdy toes. BUT we are all alive. I would say the weekend was a success! 

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