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Zion National Park

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  • Day38

    Birthday im Zion Nationalpark

    June 15 in the United States

    Es gibt schon wieder Einiges zu berichten:

    Die bereits im letzten Post erwähnt, ging es für uns weiter zum Zion Nationalpark. Wow! Dieser Park ist unbeschreiblich und einfach nur wunderschön! Als wir am Donnerstag ankamen, konnte ich diese Schönheit ehrlich gesagt erst gar nicht richtig wahrnehmen, weil ich einfach nur platt war! Es war 40°C, wir hatten noch nichts richtiges gegessen und irgendwann müssen die ganzen Eindrücke auch mal verarbeitet werden- das unterschätzt man manchmal ganz schön.
    Naja im Zion wollten wir jetzt ja mal etwas länger bleiben, also konnten wir es auch etwas ruhiger angehen lassen. Nachdem wir uns im kühlen Visitor Center ein paar Infos über den Park beschafft haben, kochten wir deshalb zunächst einmal. Als es dann am Abend etwas abkühlte, entschlossen wir uns dazu, noch einen ersten kleinen Hike zu machen. Das tat echt gut und man bekam einen ersten Eindrück von der Schönheit des Parks!
    Am Tag darauf sollte es dann endlich soweit sein: mein 25. Geburtstag😃 Naja und was kann man besseres machen als bei 34°C zu wandern? Nicht viel, oder?🙈 Spaß bei Seite, das war echt cool! Der Weg war schön und das Ziel war ein Naturpool! Nach der Wanderung belohnten wir uns zur Feier des Tages außerdem mit einem Eis und einem kühlen Bier am Fluss, an dem wir den Sonnenuntergang ganz in Ruhe beobachteten. Mein Geburtstag war in diesem Jahr also etwas ganz Besonderes, was noch deutlicher beim Einblick der Bilder wird!
    Am kommenden Tag wollten wir dann noch einen letzten kleinen Hike machen (ca.3km ohne allzu große Steigung) Dazu fuhren wir mit dem Shuttle den Scenic View entlang bis zu unserem Ausgangspunkt. Da an diesem Punkt drei Hikes starten und davon zwei an dem selben Punkt, waren wir uns relativ sicher, dass wir richtig waren- aber damit lagen wir wohl falsch! Wir waren zwar etwas verwundert von der stetigen Steigung, aber liefen dennoch erstmal weiter. Tja und dann nahm das ganze seinen Lauf: Die Steigung wurde nicht weniger, unser Schweiß lief immer mehr und kein Ende war in Sicht- ganze 8 km wie sich dann am Ende herausstellte 😥 Nicht ganz freiwillig, aber ich glaube der Park wollte uns am Abreisetag noch einmal zeigen, was er alles zu bieten hat. Und: Wir haben's geschafft und wurden mit einer wunderschönen Sicht belohnt! Manchmal muss man vielleicht einfach zu seinem Glück gezwungen werden😀😉
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  • Day81

    Day 81 - The Vertical Desert

    November 27, 2016 in the United States

    Four hour drives are the norm and so that norm continued today.

    Not far from our starting point was a natural sight that had to be seen. Horseshoe Canyon is indeed a canyon in the shape of a horseshoe and after a ten minute walk to the precipice the scale of this sight is truly bewildering. Glancing down at the Colorado River as it hugs this hairpin corner is breathtaking. From this great height, a few parked cars can just about be made out on the river's edge, like a few ants by the side of a puddle as viewed from a standing height. It was worth the short detour to get here from our main route.

    Driving from Horseshoe Canyon to Zion National Park had a familiar air to the previous drives to National Parks, namely Yosemite and Yellowstone. After driving through a predominately flat terrain for a while the roads and scenery change dramatically. Before long we are dwarfed by huge mountains and stalled by people deciding to randomly stop in the middle of the road and get out and take photos. Zion on first impression has more in common with Yosemite than Yellowstone although the deep red layered slate looking stone here appeared unique as outcrops overhung various parts of the road. We arrived at our cabin just before the evening. The cabin was cosy as in it had a fire, not as in ridiculously small. No TV alert! We had found a haven from modern distractions in the middle of the mountains. The literature described Zion as a 'vertical desert' and 'magical' in the snow. We were to test both these descriptions as walking trails were planned for the next day and bang on cue, sleet began to fall. Would it be cold and dry enough to form? Would it snow so much the trails would be closed? Would we be snowed in and have to entertain ourselves without a TV? Has this unnecessarily suspenseful end to today's post ensured you will tune in tomorrow?

    Song of the Day:
    Lauryn Hill - Zion
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  • Day15

    Zion Nationalpark

    October 6, 2017 in the United States

    Eigentlich sollte es heute früh los gehen, aber Vegas hatte es in sich 😂 Also haben wir noch etwas länger geschlafen und sind erst kurz nach 10 Uhr los. Über St. George ging es dann zum Zion Nationalpark, dort ging es dann mit dem Shuttle Bus in die Berge, von wo aus wir eine kleine Wanderung machten, ca. 4km durch die riesigen Felsbrocken. Leider wurde die Zeit knapp und so haben wir unseren eigentlich Plan heute geändert und sind nur ca. eine Stunde weiter gefahren und haben uns dort nach einer Übernachtungsmöglichkeit umgesehen. Die Cannyonlands und den Arche Nationalpark haben wir gestrichen und sparen uns den Weg, obwohl es sehr sehenswert sein soll. Aber aufgrund der kurzen Tage, ist es zeitlich schier unmöglich. Schließlich sind wir bei einer Farm gelandet, mitten im nirgendwo. Gegen 18Uhr waren wir dort und es war schon verdammt kalt. Als die Sonne dann eine Stunde später komplett weg war, waren es nur noch zehn Grad. John, der Hausmeister der Farm, lud uns dann zum Feuer ein und gab uns noch ein paar Stückchen Holz für die Nacht. Nachdem wir selbst unser Feuer gezündet hatten, wurde es immer kälter, bei 4 Grad liegen wir jetzt erstmal im vorgeheizten Auto. Rings um uns herum ist nichts. Die nächste Straße ist ca. zwei Meilen entfernt, es ist eine unglaubliche Ruhe hier. In der Ferne hört man die Koyoten heulen, es ist Vollmond und unvorstellbar hell und kalt. Hoffen wir mal das wir gut schlafen können. Nachtiiii 🤗Read more

  • Day21

    Zion National Park

    July 11, 2017 in the United States

    Today we went to Zion. We walked up the river and swam at a waterfall. Riann decided to walk in her sneakers, so they got quite wet. We walked a little ways up the narrows, but there was a threat of a storm, so we didn't want to get stuck in there. There were lots of deer and squirrels. On the way out Riliegh said "snake, snake, snake". There was a 2 foot long snake slithering across a side trail. Upon leaving Zion we had to drive through a 1.1 mile tunnel in the mountain! The tunnel is so narrow we needed to buy a pass so they could stop traffic and just let us through.Read more

  • Day15

    More Zion Narrows Photos

    July 1, 2016 in the United States

    Started the day overcast. First sunshine was popping through by the time we turned around. Clouds rolling in less than 90 minutes later. The rocks and cliffs were really pretty, but you could see how the sheer faces could be dangerous in a storm - heard people die in the Narrows every year, yet it's still the #1 attraction in the park.

    Water had been at about 47 cubic feet per second (CFS) yesterday. Flash flood Thursday evening and overnight, drove it up to over 110. Was about 60 CFS and 60 degrees when we hiked (normal around 30), certainly a good flow, but not an issue, even for R. Right after we got onto the tram, the dispatcher announced they closed the Narrows. Flow spiked up to around 90 CFS after we were off the river.Read more

  • Day6

    Zion National Park

    March 14 in the United States

    Zion was the "greenest" park we went to thanks to the river running through it. It was a rainy day but we made the most of it hiking up to the Emerald Ponds with the "A" crew hiking across the Kenyanta trail. The mule deer and wild turkey added to the ambiance. It was too cold to hike the "Narrows" which was hiking down the river through the canyon but we hiked to the entrance. Chauncey really enjoued riding the shuttle in our ponchos🌧️Read more

  • Day16

    More Zion

    July 10, 2017 in the United States

    We began the day finishing our adventures at Zion National Park in Utah. Robert decided to hike the Angel's Landing Trail which was a very steep 5.4 mile hike, lots of switchbacks and parts which had chains for hikers to pull themselves up with. This wasn't my idea of fun so I hiked a 3 mile loop to the Emerald's pools. It was a little challenging at the top but the pools were worth it. After meeting back at the RV we left Utah for our next destination....The Grand Canyon. We arrived just at sunset and were able to see some fabulous views. We even got lucky and were able to stay at the RV campground in the park due to a cancellation. Robert was in heaven when were saw 3 huge bull elk on the side of the road.Read more

  • Day15

    The Narrows

    July 1, 2016 in the United States

    Only alarm this trip - 7am to beat the crowds. Hearty breakfast, loaded our pack and water bottles. Swim suits on, trekking poles in hand. Park at the Visitor Center and 40-minute tram ride to last stop - Temple of Sinawava. One mile walk to the stairs leading down to the river. We trekked two hours up the Virgin River through the "Wall Street" section. Absolutely stunning! Took 100s of photos (will add once we're home) and enjoyed the lovely Narrows - sheer cliff walls on both sides.

    Finally reached a 'Y' and turned back a little after Noon. We'd met others who said the rangers recommended being off the river by 2pm due to weather warnings. We were off around 2:10pm and not 10 minutes later, huge thunder claps rambled through. Ten minutes after that, the rain began. And rain it did. We were pretty wet by the time we got back to the tram stop. Amazingly, there were still hikers heading up the river! Waited through two trams with other bedraggled hikers before we squeezed onto a shuttle.

    Was hoping to stop at a couple others we didn't see yesterday on the way back, but didn't dare get off since there were people unable to get on the trams. Went to the Human History Museum to watch the video and had the opportunity to see a condor nest on the cliff by telescope. Tragically, the male died of lead poisoning two weeks ago and the mama and chick hadn't been seen recently. (Chick probably died without both parents and mom left.)

    Walked to the Nature Center for the boys to recieve their Zion Ranger badges (taking home booklets for Paleontology and Wilderness for them to mail in) - believe this was #11 on the trip!!

    Stopped for ice cream and t-shirts in Springdale, then back to our campsite in Virgin. The kids were able to have our final campfire, grilled burgers, and started packing.

    Fell in bed exhausted!! :-)
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