I’m back! We got home late last night from a wonderful long weekend in Zion National Park. It was sunny and hot as can be, some days reaching 110 degrees! So, we spent the majority of our days exploring shady slot canyons and wading through the Virgin River. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might remember our canyoneering adventure from two years ago. We had so much fun on that trip and have been wanting to do it again but the weather prevented us. This year the conditions were perfect and we were able to embark on another adventure. We all felt more comfortable the second time around and were able to repel down the steep cliffs with ease and confidence...kind of. That first step off the edge is still pretty terrifying. The most challenging descent was three parts; First you repel down a cliff into a freezing pool of water. Then you swim through it. Then you have to stand up onto the slippery edge, tighten your rope and repel down another cliff. It was pretty exhilarating, and totally exhausting.
Our second full day we hiked The Narrows, something I had never done before and had been wanting to do since I first visited Zion years ago. The Narrows is the most famous hike in the park. It’s a slot canyon filled with rushing water from the Virgin River. You can hike up it for miles and get lost in smaller slot canyons. As you get further away from the entrance you see fewer people and the canyon walls become narrower. It’s pretty awesome. Slot canyons are pretty awesome. In fact, they’re probably my favorite feature of Zion. But they’re dangerous and we don’t get to explore them every time we come. It all depends on the weather and time of year. It was a real treat to get to spend so much time in them this trip. Next time you’re in Zion, I’d highly recommend playing the slots.