Zion National Park

Zion National Park

I love all the common interests I have with my friends, but I also appreciate the differences. It’s the differences that challenge me and expand my horizons. I’ve mentioned last year that the Grand Canyon wasn’t high on my must see list but Ashley who is interested in seeing all the National Parks (multiple times even!) insisted we visit Grand Canyon last year. It was the first trip I took that wasn’t a metropolitan destination, my first hiking trip even. I loved it.

This year she made a compelling 10 point argument that we have to visit Zion National Park. I’m not sure why she went through the trouble of making a 10 point list as I’m certain all she had to do was say, “Hey! We’re going to Zion National Park this year!” and that would have sufficed. Ashley, Nicole, and I took a long weekend and hiked Zion, with Ashley as our experienced tour guide.

Nicole and I flew into LA on Friday and Ashley drove us across three state lines to Springdale, Utah just in time for a late night dinner, where weirdly, I had an exceptional meatloaf. Really. The next day we woke up after sleeping like logs and had a “late riser’s” breakfast before embarking on our hike to Angels Landing. Ashley once sent me a video of someone hiking Angels Landing. In that email sent last year, she said, “When we go to Zion, you might want to sit out Angels Landing.” That video did a better job conveying how amazing and awesome and scary the hike was than any of my photos. (Also, I was too busy holding on to safety chains to even try to capture the greatness.)

When we reached the top of Angels Landing, I knew that it was an important moment in my life. Ashley’s passion has become a little bit of mine. It also made me miss Sugarface. I texted him that night telling him I want to hike to awesome places with him.

The next day we hiked to Weeping Rock, Emerald Pool, and Hidden Canyon. We saw our first 360 degree rainbow at Emerald Pool, climbed a hanging sidewalk to get to Hidden Canyon, and let Weeping Rock weep on us. On the hike to Hidden Canyon, I was tired and hangry and when my hips got wedged in between two rocks, I fell apart in laughter that almost resulted in me peeing myself. Nicole asked me what was so funny. Through tears and laughter I said, “I’m stuck in between a rock and a hard place!”

On our fourth day together, we drove back to California, flanked by storms and ambushed by tumbleweeds. I didn’t know tumbleweeds were a real thing. Apparently you don’t want to drive through them as they get stuck under your car. We ended our last night together watching Pitch Perfect 2 and with late night conversation. The next morning we had breakfast and aggressively hugged each other at the airport.

I had already begun to miss these girls before I even got off the plane on the first day together. So you can imagine how much I miss them now. I’m both grateful and sad that we see each other once a year. I’m sad because it’s only once a year! Grateful because we make it happen despite living very separate lives in different corners of the country.

Here’s looking forward to next year’s adventure!

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

  • San

    Zion is beautiful! I am so glad you were able to do this trip with two girlfriends! :) Great pictures!

  • zion looks positively spectacular! now i know to take you hiking if we are ever in the same area again (esp in seattle) =D

  • Wendy

    Zion is definitely on my bucket list, but that video of the hike made me want to puke (and I’m not usually afraid of heights)!

    • So I learned that hiking boots are a good thing to wear. Haha.

  • Sweet recap and gorgeous photos! Looks like you all had a great trip!

  • Love that you gals still do these annual trips. Loved Zion when we went awhile back! We didn’t spend more than a day there though, so definitely could revisit. :)

    • So much love for these girls. Maybe if I learned how to swim, I can come back one day to do the river hike at Zion.

  • Dangit, Linda, now I want to go to Zion. :)

  • This is so beautiful! Definitely somewhere I want to visit!

  • lisasyarns

    What an amazing get away! I would love to visit Utah some day. I love to hike and have heard nothing but great things about that area so Phil and I need to get there eventually!

    I know the feeling of being both thankful that you get to see these girls once a year but also sad that you don’t get to see them more often. That’s how I feel about the girls that I meet up with for our running trips. They are all married and are starting families so I think the annual meet-ups might get pushed to every 2 year meet ups but I’m thankful for the trips we’ve taken so far!

  • Katelin

    What a fun trip! And so gorgeous.

  • Michael Wang

    Great shots LNers! Isn’t it a beaut up there!? I’m glad you made it out there. Now you gotta do Bryce Canyon and arches!!

  • k

    i love all of this. and you. TO ADVENTURE!!!

  • South Austin Foodie

    Gorgeous pics. And no, I am not a darn bit at all jealous.

  • BEAUTIFUL! You were actually there the same time as huge travel blogger: worldofwanderlust.com. I follow you both on instagram and I was like, why I am being bombarded with Zion pics?!? haha. Well, now I have to go, huh?

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  • Glad you made it back okay. ;)