We made it to Utah!!
Before we got to Zion we stopped and camped out.. so before you get to read about Zion NP you get to hear about our awesome camping experience. We took of from Great Basin NP after dinner and were wanting to get a couple hours of driving in before stopping to set up camp. Once we started getting sleepy, we looked on freecampsites.net to find a place to sleep. Now you all know our last story with using this website.. we ended up camping in a parking lot, that was a bit strange at first, but worked out fine. This time we pulled off on a random road, drove for a little bit and found the “campsite” in a road construction dirt parking lot. Neither of us felt too comfortable about staying there, so we decided to not set up camp. As we were pulling out, another car from California was pulling in we decided to turn around and ask them if they were looking for a spot to camp as well. The people in the car ended up being a young couple. The girl was from California and the boy was from Cedar City, the town we were just outside of. He explained that that spot probably wasn’t the best spot to camp, but that there was a pretty good spot just outside of Cedar City that may be free. We asked them what they were doing in that random parking lot and they said they were looking at the Petroglyphs. We had a Maglite and they just had a cell phone light so the guy gave us a tour of the Petroglyphs. (Which are really old carvings in rock from hundreds and hundreds of years ago). Again totally the Lord leading us to see something really cool! So we know you’re wondering where we ended up camping. At this point, it was past 11:00, but the Petroglyph tour gave us another wind, so we searched again for free campsites, just praying a good one would come up. And it certainly did!! We pulled off the highway to this little turn out with a huge mound of dirt. At first, both of us were like are you kidding me, we don’t want to camp literally on the side of the highway. Then the lights lit up a little sign that said camping with an arrow.. and WAHBAM!!!… there it was.. a free campground.. like a real one.. with a creek going through it, that worked perfectly as a shower in the morning. We were so ecstatic. So yes we camped there, woke up in the morning and took our first shower in the creek.. Oh we forgot to mention, the name of that creek was Cold Creek, and it was called that for a reason! But woo did the cold water feel so refreshing on our sore bodies. And the “shower” was awesome! After our “showers” we had a nice breakfast by the creek and took off to Zion NP.
Zion National Park- where… “Your Safety is Your Responsibility” Waking up and heading to Zion we were not expecting what we saw when we first pulled into the national park. We nearly passed the first stopping point on the very northern part of the park, but we are so glad we didn’t! We pulled into the park and took the 10-mile scenic route to Kolob Canyon. This drive was spectacular! And this is when it hit us.. wow.. we are on this fabulous adventure and holy cow.. God created some really cool things for us to enjoy! The reality of our road trip finally set in, and sadly the pictures we will post will not do anything near justice for how beautiful this place really was. After leaving that part of the park we were stoked to drive down to the main entrance. We drove in, found a spot in the shade and decided that we should get out and hike to really take in the beauty of this place. Zion is such a busy park, that it has a free shuttle service to get people to and from the different hiking spots and viewpoints. After much debate we decided to hike The Narrows. The Narrows is a hike where you literally hike in the river through the canyon, which at points gets to be only 22 feet wide. We were lucky enough to only have to get waist deep in the water, if we continued further up we would have literally had to swim through The Narrows. Again, pictures won’t do justice.. but you can get the idea of how awesome this hike was. After the hike, we went back outside the park to camp free on BLM land. We made steak and veggies for dinner and even cracked open the wine.
Day two in Zion was
just as great as day one! We again drove into the park, found a shady spot to park, and hopped on the shuttle to our hike of the day. The hike we decided to do for day two is called Angel’s Landing. This hike is the most treacherous, magical, unsafe hike we have ever done. You hike up The Wiggles, a switchback system that seems to be never ending, then you hike up the rocks with a totally shady chain railing that is there to keep you from falling to your death. You think we’re joking, but we aren’t. There is maybe two feet, if you’re lucky, on one side of you keeping you from falling off the mountain. Getting to the top and enjoying the view was breathtaking, but whoo.. were we, and everyone else on the trail, nervous of losing our lives the whole hike! We enjoyed lunch on the top of Angel’s Landing and then headed down the mountain. Once we got back to the bottom we took advantage of the first river access point and jumped in the river to cool off. We met some awesome Germans in the river who join in on our refreshing dip and referred us to an awesome burger joint in Boulder that two days later stopped at for dinner on our way to Capitol Reef.
**Safety in traveling with the storms surrounding us**
**Patience and guidance from the Lord**
**Pray for all our teacher friends that started school this last week**