Zion National Park
|Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park|
I'm on a road trip! First stop: Zion National Park in southern Utah, a 25 hour drive from Houston. We're staying in Springdale (just outside the park) at the Novel House B&B where each room is decorated to remind you of an author. Our room reminds us of our trip to Scotland, where Treasure Island author R.L.Stevenson was born, and has a view of the gorgeous mountains.
I ran 5 fun miles early this morning into the park and saw 6 deer during my run and many more later. The elevation makes running a little more difficult, but it was great to run in the cold (about 35 rather than 70 degrees like it has been at home). The early sunlight on the mountains - gorgeous!
|Don't Look Down!|
After my run and a berry pancake breakfast, my husband and I hiked the Hidden Canyon trail. After hiking up the mountain with views of Angel's Landing, where we hiked on our last trip to Zion about eight years ago, we entered the Hidden Canyon.
I don't know how many times I thought I'd have to turn around on the unmaintained part of the trail. This was one of them. I wouldn't have minded a chain to hold onto here.
|Climbing Up Tree Trunks and Rocks|
This was another one of about a handful of tough sections. And, of course, what you climb up, you must climb down which was usually more difficult.
|We Made It This Far|
I tried climbing the rocks here, but just couldn't make it so it was our turn-around point. Finishing the five hour hike with the challenging sections was an adventure and the views were breath taking!