After a morning being drawn in by the trails, we took things a bit easy, sampling this magnificent park from the road.. until our itchy feet lured us back out to the trails once more. In a place like this, we just couldn’t help ourselves!
After a spectacular morning being awed by Bryce, the trail called. And this wasn’t an “oh, we should check that one out later” or even a “that trail looks interesting; let’s pack up our camera gear and go for a hike!” Nope. This was a “ooh, I wonder what’s down that way… I must find out now; forget that I still have all of my camera equipment on me!”
Trails do that to some folks. Especially explorers like us. And especially in a place as beautiful as Bryce.
The ground is dry; the foliage is a brilliant, verdant green; and the sun is finally winning its annual battle with the clouds. With the fresh air calling, it’s the perfect time to climb waterfalls.
I’m taking a slight break from the Bryce posts to bring you a local photostory. As the weather continues to improve, we’re getting out more, and I’m taking more pictures of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
The trip involves closed paved roads, easy trails, tough trails, tunnels, scrambling, and really nice scenery. The distance is 5-6 miles. Elevation gain is approximately 800 feet. There will be ropes.
– Layers of clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
– Sturdy boots with good traction
– Flashlight (yep)
– Work gloves
– Sunglasses for protection against branches
– Spare clothes to change into afterwards
– Definitely bring camera gear, but keep it light. Tripods are recommended.
Duane’s also familiar with many “off-road” trails – ones without parking lots or paved paths or crowds. Most don’t have bathrooms. Many don’t have officially marked trailheads. Some don’t even have well-established paths through the underbrush.
These are the hikes we’ve dubbed the “Duane-ventures.” And these are oftentimes the highlights of my summers.
Day 2 of our stay in Zion National Park was fairly low-key. After all, we were pretty beat after the crazy climb to the top of Angels Landing! We started the day with a cold wait for sunrise at the Canyon Overlook, and then we took a leisurely stroll to see the Zion’s Emerald Pools.
Spoiler alert: It was somewhat disappointing.
I’m somewhat beginning to adopt a habit of posting my “weekly wow”s every other week, so I suppose they’re more of a “biweekly wow.” I still have so much to share from this trip! I hope you’re enjoying the journey.
After our rainy bust at Zion’s Canyon Overlook the morning prior, we had to give it another chance. After all, the golden rays of dawn are supposed to be spectacular on this national park’s red rocks.
So I love surprises. But sometimes, that affinity comes at my own detriment. Because of this proclivity, I was hardly involved in the planning for our recent trip to Bryce and Zion, and I didn’t know anything about the Angels Landing hike.
I had no idea what I was about to experience.
We set out for a 5-mile hike. That’s fine. I can handle that, no problem. There would be some elevation gain. That’s fine, too; I’m used to such hikes from Colorado. There will be epic views. Awesome! Sign me up!
Somewhere in there, I either didn’t hear or forgot all mention of chains.
After such a rainy start to our trip to Zion National Park, we didn’t expect the sky to clear out so beautifully. And when it did, we further didn’t expect it to invite a few elite clouds back into the scene to perfectly diffuse the harsh sun at just the right moment, providing a spectacular view of the valley below.
Yes, we survived the famed (infamous?) Angels Landing Hike (though six people, sadly, have not), and we were in for quite a treat when we reached the top. I have a more in-depth photostory to share with you about the full hike next week, but for now, I wanted to focus on this one photo.
I have fallen in love with Utah and its many national parks, and I seek to add many more from across the country to my list. We were in Utah quite recently to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands, and we couldn’t wait to return.
We had arrived in the famed Zion National Park, and we were ready. After a long, five-hour drive in from the Salt Lake City airport (word to the wise: Las Vegas is actually much closer), our fingers were itching for our shutters.
This time of year in the Pacific Northwest, it’s typically dreary. We’ll get nice days as well, but “nice” merely means “not actively raining.” These days are usually accompanied by a thick blanket of clouds, threatening, but not yet releasing any precipitation.
Every so often, though, we get true sun with bright blue skies.