Ok, so my walk down memory lane is continuing a little bit. Chris and I lived out west for about three years in Arizona, Colorado and Utah. We got to travel to so many national parks and they were so amazing. While lived in Utah we worked as wilderness therapy instructors and our shifts were eight days in the back country with six days off. It is still my favorite working schedule to date. With six days off in a row it was enough time to sleep in, stay up late and still have a normal routine. We often used our six days to load up the car and take off to a national park. After eight days of living in the back country, sleeping under a tarp and not having a toilet, car camping seemed like such a luxury. We enjoyed this luxury a lot.
So last week I talked about Bryce, this week here is a look at…
Even looking at this picture I get a tinge of butterflies remembering the excitement of entering a new park for the first time.
Zion was established as a national park in 1919.
And one of the hikes the park is famous for is Angels Landing.
Prior to going to Zion I did not even know about Angels Landing. We read in the park pamphlet the description: Strenuous. Long drop offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. Last section is a route along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit.
Then we found ourselves walking along edges like this.
But we made it to the top! Wow – hello throw back Thursday if you are following that trend at all. Look at us from back then.
The pamphlet did not lie and it was a strenuous hike…
…and a long way down to the road.
Just looking at this photo has me so thankful for the time I was able to stay in this special place. Even tho I visited Zion years ago, I don’t know how one could look at those rocks and not have an impression left upon them.
If you have not been out to your parks today, whether national, state or local, get there. There is magic and memories waiting for you out there. And sometimes the best part is looking back at where you’ve been.
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If you go:
Check out Zion National Park home page with links to tons of important and useful info.
Unless you are only going to one of two parks, make sure you buy a parks pass.
Make sure you have your camping gear. For as little as $16 ($16! deal of the century!) you can be camping on that red earth. Check out all Zion’s camping info here.