Saturday I hiked Angles Landing in Zion National Park. I had never done this hike before, unlike everyone else from Utah.
Lets start at the beginning. Kelsey and I drove through the park gates early Saturday morning. I had only been to Zion once before and it was November, so I was not aware of the shuttle system. So we drive on through, pass the road that says "shuttles only" and drove up the winding mountain side. I don't remember this road at all, from my previous trip. Soon, we come to a tunnel. This was no ordinary tunnel. It was carved out of the mountain and felt like we were deep within a castle.
After driving for ten more minutes we realized it was not right. So we turned around, which gave us an excuse to go back through the tunnel (YES!) and back to the park gates. After talking to the lady at the gate, we realized the turn we should have taken was ten feet from the park entrance. Awesome. So we park, hop on a shuttle and go down that "shuttle only" road.
twenty minutes into our hike, I see this girl running down the path. She looks familiar, and as she gets closer I realize... It's Shay! So I grab her arm and pulled her to a hault. We exchanged "what are you doing here"s and I found out she made it to the top this time! You can read her experience HERE. I tried to convince her to go right back up with us, but she wasn't having it.
So Kelsey and I continued on our way up the mountain. Up the switch backs, straight up. We made it to the top of the "normal" hike and took a little break. You see what Kelsey is looking at? That's what we were going to climb. All the way up and over to your left.
If you ever do this hike, prepare to be attacked by chipmunks. They're everywhere and not afraid of humans.
After we were rested, we headed up the mountain. This is no ordinary hike. This is a "cliff on all sides so hold on to this chain for dear life" hike.
One wrong step and I'd be a goner.
But we made it to the top! And it's beautiful.
Then Kelsey pulled out her ukulele and serenaded all of the hikers.
And we watched the chipmunks some more. As I was snapping some photos I felt something fuzzy on my arm. I looked down to find a chipmunk on my lap! I yellped and he ran away.
some guy that brought his boxing gloves to the top
It's quite the view from the top.
After taking it all in, it was time to head back down.
After some yoga on the rock.
Such an awesome hike, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But in different shoes...
I slipped and slid just after I took this picture. Everyone around me "gasped" and my heart stopped. But I'm ok! Alive and well.
Read about our Post Hike Adventures Here!