Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Land Travel

Park City, UT
I had a little hiatus from boat related stuff this past week, my younger brother moved out to Utah last fall and (again) using frequent flier miles was able to get a free flight to see him and do some exploring. The good thing is that we had a blast, that bad thing is that it gives me a little insight into just how tough it might be to not see family and friends for extended amounts of time.

We headed south to check out Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park and Zion National Park.

Get ready for some picture overload...I think the pictures do a better job of showcasing the trip than I ever could.

Bryce Canyon National Park










 
After BCNP we headed off to Kodachrome for the night. What a spectacular place! We had a campsite in the back of the park that backed right up to the cliffs without another camper in site.
 

Coincidentally, it was a full moon that night
 After our night at Kodachrome we headed down to Zion National Park for two nights.
The colors around here are crazy!

Red Rock Canyon on the way to Zion



Tight squeeze in some spots




 
We hiked all kinds of trails in the 90 degree heat averaging 6+ miles/day. Quite the physical workout, I think I even may have lost a little weight on this trip, not to mention the serious toning up of my legs!
A little oasis in the desert
Getting braver
We had some pretty intense hikes

And some very serene moments too
 

But the Grand Daddy of hikes, the reason we came to Zion, was to do the infamous Angel's Landing hike. I was a tad nervous after hearing some of the stories of people falling to their deaths but sucked it up and gave it a go. I'm so glad we did this hike, it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in every way!
Angel's Landing in the background...sure looks a lot smaller in the pictures!
The narrow trail out to the Landing
Psyching myself up

Aaron had a 'no using the chains' competition with himself,
thankfully he's half monkey and came out victorious...
and still alive
I, on the other hand, am not an idiot and used the chains
 

WE MADE IT TO THE TOP! Now to make it back down...

(Did I not warn you about the photo overload? I hope you survived it!)
 
Man, this trip was one for the books! If you ever get to this area I highly suggest you check out the sights.
 
And don't worry, while I was out galavanting (again), Ron was at home (working and) tinkering on the boat...which now happens to be IN the water! Looking forward to our first weekend back on HB in T minus 3 days! Yahooo!
 



 



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