Saturday, May 31, 2014

Zion National Park, Angels Landing Hike, Lisa Bearnson and Daughters

Back in April I hiked Angels Landing with my good friend Lisa and her two daughters Brecken and Sage. It so much fun and much more of a hike than I remembered. I had hiked it at around 13 years old and a lot different than I remembered. It was truly amazing and should be on everyone's bucket list. There are a lot of hikers on the weekends. I would recommend going during the week.

The three patriarchs

Starting the hike

The switchbacks

At this point you still have 1/2 mile with chains

You've got to love the flowers growing out of the rocks

I have been all over the world and I consider Zion, where I grew up, to be the most beautiful place on earth

This is the top of Angels Landing. You can see people all the way up

This is not a hike for the faint hearted or for people who are afraid of heights

I love this picture because of Lisa, who has been a dear friend and I love the tree root!

Darling Sage

Brecken, Sage and Lisa

OK, This was funny. we met some of Brecken and Sages middle school teachers. Megan happened to have all three of them as well. Emerald had one of them previously. Megan's reaction was "Ewww, you ran into my teachers at the top of Angels Landing!" I asked them what kind of a student she was  and one of the ladies said that she comes to them wanting them to grade her papers already

This says it all!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Zion Helicopter, Hurricane, UT, Zion National Park

I took this 45 minute tour back in April and it was amazing! You can see why this area is called the geological wonder of the world. We couldn't actually fly over the canyon but we flew by the most beautiful vista of Zion in my opinion. We flew over Smiths Mesa and then out over Gooseberry Mesa and back. These pictures are in order but I was able to take pictures out of both sides of the back of the helicopter. The pilot asked us if we wanted the doors off and we said yes. I didn't know you could do that but we did and it was great. There wasn't much wind but it was cold. I would recommend tight fitting gloves to keep working your camera though remember, I went in April. During the summer its probably a lot warmer. I felt perfectly safe buckled in and I had the greatest view! This tour is from Hurricane and well worth it! It was $200 and you had to have at least two people. I was alone but went with another lady who had already scheduled the flight.

This is looking back at where we took off from

I could look straight down with the doors off

Yep, there she is- Molly's Nipple