Zion National Park, Utah

Campsite at Zion National Park

Campsite at Zion National Park

We arrived at Zion National Park on Sunday. We were looking forward to the new scenery and also wanted to get set up for our first visitor.  We got the last campsite in Watchman campground inside the park, and were pleased with the view. 

Chris prepares to take a shot on the way up to Angel's landing

Chris prepares to take a shot on the way up to Angel's landing

On Monday we decided to take a hike (now there’s a surprise).  Angels Landing is one of the most popular hikes in the park, which surprised us.  It was 2.5 miles up with plenty of switchbacks.  The view from the lookout however was outstanding. 

On the way up to Angel's Landing, notice the trail over Chris' shoulder

On the way up to Angel's Landing, notice the trail over Chris' shoulder

The last half mile is pretty intense and traverses a thin rocky ridge with chains to help with balance, as you can see in the picture.

Finally made the Landing

Finally made the Landing

We enjoyed the challenge and the reward at the top.

Kim takes a break in a cave on the way down from Angel's Landing

Kim takes a break in a cave on the way down from Angel's Landing

The trail meandered through some very interesting rock formations.  Kim found a cool cave to take a break in as we made our way back down. 

Upper Emarald Pool in Zion Valley

Upper Emarald Pool in Zion Valley

On Tuesday afternoon, our friend Diarmuid (pronounced Deer – med) flew in for a visit.  We spent the day preparing his 5 star accomodations and gathering firewood.  We also managed a quick mountainbike ride before he showed up. On Wednesday we set out to cover as much of the park as possibe, as Diarmuid only had a few days.  We hiked the Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools, The Riverside Walk by the Temple of Sinawava, the Canyon Overlook, and a short silly hike by the campground.  We had about 6 miles on the day.

Diarmuid looks for new mountains to conquer

Diarmuid looks for new mountains to conquer

Our goal was to spend the second day at Bryce Canyon National Park.  The best laid plans of mice and men… As we made our way there, the weather deteriorated significantly. 50’s gave way to 20’s and blue skies to snow, bummer.  We made a game time decision to go back to Zion and found another really cool hike.

The end of Hidden Canyon. Yes, that is snow.

The end of Hidden Canyon. Yes, that is snow.

Hidden Canyon offered strenuous switchbacks that led to some great narrow cliffs (again with chains), and finally into a narrow canyon.  We had a blast scrambling up rocks to make our way through the canyon.  All good things must come to an end and finally we got to a point in the canyon that turned us back.

A view of Wildcat Canyon from Kolob Terrace

A view of Wildcat Canyon from Kolob Terrace

We ended the day with a drive on the Kolob Terrace Road that led to another section of the park.  The views were well worth the drive.

Diarmuid will be leaving early on Saturday so a trip to Vegas is in order.  We wouldn’t want him to miss his plane.

8 Responses to “Zion National Park, Utah”

  1. Astro says:

    Hey guys – you look like you’re having a wonderful time. Pictures are awesome – can’t possibly imagine what it must be like to be there and witness all that majestic scenery in person? What I truly can’t believe is how much HAIR Chris is sporting! You’ve got that whole “Richard Gere” thing going on. Looks good. 🙂 We miss you and the kids miss Aunt Kimmy and Uncle Chrissy. Love you both – take care. S&A&S&A

    • admin says:

      Hey Fanny and Family,

      I know it’s a tough life, but someones got to do it:)

      We miss you guys too. We’re having a great time and can’t believe we are almost halfway through… Heard about your crazy return trip from NC, that had to stink. Mom mentioned that Steven is working like a mad man on the cabin. She described the floors to resemble our kitchen when Chris got foundation happy years ago. I’m sure he will do an amazing job! We can’t wait to see it and hang on the beach with a fire.

      Love you all,
      Kim and Chris

  2. mike and patty says:

    Hey Guys , looks like fun. hope u r having a fun time. the hood is good , you guys have a new neighbor . a little girl if u didnt here. talk to you soon … have fun.

    • admin says:

      Hey Mike and Patty,

      We hadn’t heard about the new addition but I did send a recent email because I thought Julie was due in March. Glad to hear all is well back home. Congrats on your boat. It looks pretty cool. Looking forward to a cruise in the future:) Wishing you guys the best!

      Kim and Chris

  3. Bruce says:

    Hey Guys
    I met you in Joshua Tree Park… on the old Honda XR600. Well, what a trip. Looks like we are hitting some of the same spots but being days apart. I was in Zion 3/17 & Death Valley 3/12 to 3/16. If you hit Bryce Canyon, well I was there 3/18. But, WOW you are getting to a lot of great places! What fun it must be! I just spent the last week in Moab dirt bike ridding, now in Fruita to spend the night. Tomorrow, if snow doesn’t stop me, onward to Denver CO. If you pass through Denver be sure to send me a note, maybe we can hook up for supper and drinks one night. Some sad news, the ol XR600 finally died yesterday. I was going to start a ride through Sovereign trails in Moad and the timing chain slipped several teeth and looks like the motor is shot, it’s been a great bike over the past 6 years, so now it’s mtn biking.. you mean I have to peddle! Stay well and happy travels!
    Bruce

    • admin says:

      Hey Bruce,

      Good to hear from you. Wow… you have been making the curcuit. It sounds like you are also having a blast and seeing some great sights. You must be fighting some cold weather, as you have gotten to places we weren’t willing to brave yet. We will be visiting some friends in Colorado the week of April 11-17. They have some property in the foot hills just outside of Teller county off Fremont County Road 11???? We will be getting some better directions. From there we will be picking up a friend at Grand Junction airport who will be joining us for a week in Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands… Not sure how it will work but it would be nice to see you and catch up on some stories. Sorry to hear about your XR:( Sounds like you will be getting into some fighting shape with the mountain bike. We hope to cross paths.

      Happy Travels to you!!!
      and Best Wishes,
      Kim and Chris

  4. Amy Hogle says:

    Hi Kim!

    I love the pictures and the stories of your travels. It is great to be able to see where you are and sights you are seeing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great adventure! I hope all is well with you and your husband Kim. Best wishes to you Kim! You are missed! Be well and stay safe!

    Amy and Owen 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Amy and Owen,

      So good to hear from you. We are having a great time and of course are happy to share our adventures. Happy to see that you are still following along and enjoying it. Hope your year has continued to be a good one. Please keep in touch!

      Best Wishes,
      Kim

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