A couple of days ago, I endured the 7-hour drive to Zion running on three hours of sleep after working three 12-hour days in a row, all for an overnight trip. Some people thought that it was a crazy idea, but I was in need of a nature fix, and tbh nothing's ever too crazy when it comes to being able to visit one of my favorite National Parks.
The day started with leaving Los Angeles around 4:30 am. After a bit of driving, we made it to Zion around 12:30pm in the afternoon, set up camp, and had a quick lunch. After that, we set off into the park via it's handy dandy shuttle system.
Our first hike involved the gateway to the Narrows! It was a beautiful experience to be immersed in the canyons with so much green all around us.
The end of the trail ends where the Narrows begins. We walked in the water for a bit to get the experience of how it is to hike this trail. Needless to say, we came out with very wet shoes. Haha. I'd love to rent waterproof shoes and hike further up the canyon next time though!
After that, we head back down the same trail and rode the shuttle down to the Emerald Pools where we saw even more of the beauty that Zion has to offer.
We even had the chance to walk through a mini waterfall!
Bloom where you are planted.
After that hike, we headed to the Canyon Overlook Trail, which I like to call the safer version of Angel's Landing. The views are great without having to go through an extremely sketchy trail. That being said, the trail wasn't exactly a piece of cake either. A bit of caution is needed but it's definitely something everyone can do as long as they're careful!
My hiking boots got wet from the Narrows so I had to hike this trail in my Vans... only almost slipped once!
Making it to the top of the canyon offered breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and of the land below.
It's moments like these that make me realize exactly how lucky I am to be able to do things like this.
After getting almost 10 hours of sleep that night, we woke up to this view! No one wanted to head home, but we had to eventually pack up camp.
We decided to stop by a local breakfast place in town before before starting our journey back.
The chicken fried steak was so good!
On a side note, for all my camera junkies out there.. I shot all these photos on a Sony A6000. After taking my Canon 5D Mark III on a few trips, I realized that it was just too heavy for me to be taking on hikes. This trip was my first time testing the Sony A6000 on a camping/hiking trip and I'm so glad that I've finally found a camera that gives me both the quality and usability that I need. Such a win!
And that concludes this Zion adventure! It was tiring, involved a lot of driving, and even more hiking, but man, was it beautiful.