Week 6: In To Zion

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

I woke up that morning and peeked my head out of my tent.  Having arrived after nightfall the previous day, I was in for a treat when I saw the landscape that surrounded me.  Magnificent was an understatement.

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The walls stretched upwards, looking down on us with a smile.  After breakfast we made our way to the visitor’s center, got some trail maps and planned our day.  We then jumped on a shuttle and headed to our trailhead.

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We took the East Rim Trail towards Observation Point.  At the bottom the canyon walls towered over us, leaving us wondering where the trail even began.

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Above, you can see a vehicle driving away, for perspective.

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As we made our way upwards, the views became increasingly beautiful.

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Finally, we made our way to Echo Canyon, a narrow canyon that sweeps along the trail, with bright red and purple colored layers of sandstone. IMGP4909

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Me and Valeria took a break, while Marcos took his trekking poles and kept on going.  While we ate our lunch, the earth around us began to move.  Lizards.

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The surrounding scenery was so breathtaking it was overwhelming.  I was content to just sit there and look.  We explored Echo Canyon a bit more, getting a bit further into the crevasse.

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Before we knew it, the time was running away from us.  We walked out and headed to another trail.

There we ran into some wildlife and much less of a challenge for hiking.

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After glancing around a bit, it was time to head out.  We got in the car and took a long drive to our next destination… Las Vegas Nevada.  But our time in Zion was not in vain.  It left quite an impression on me, and I look forward to the day that I’ll be back again, ready to explore new and unseen territory…

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