When my alarm went off at 4:30am this morning, I did not want to get up but I knew I had to stick to my plan. I got out of the hotel before the sun was up and watched the sunrise over the mountains as I pulled into Zion National Park. I was not the first person there but I was early enough to breeze past the entry stand and get a primo parking spot. It was about 65 degrees, and I was cold, but I knew it would get hot.
I started out on the Angel’s Landing hike confident it wouldn’t be as bad as everyone said. Almost immediately it got a little difficult. The switchbacks got steeper and I got tired, but I pushed on. Then came the hard part. Trapesing near the end of cliffs holding on to chains. I hardly looked down on my way up so I wasn’t scared at all, but it was a lot of work. I made it to the top and it was well worth it.
The chipmunks up there climb on you, your belongings and beg for food. I had no food, but I got one to drink a bit of water. It pretty much made my day.
The way down actually seemed more difficult. Managing the rocks and steep terrain downhill took a lot more thinking, skill and time. By the time I got to the bottom, I was exhausted and hungry. All I had for breakfast before I hiked was juiced veggies. My fingers were swollen and my feet felt heavy. I went to the Zion lodge to look for food. Their dining room didn’t open for 30 min so I browsed the gift shop, then sat and waited.
Once I sat down in their restaurant, I felt like my stomach was eating me I was so hungry. I ordered a traditional Navajo fry bread taco. It was pretty good, and I felt better, but then the food coma came. I decided to head back to my car and change my shoes from hiking boots to tennis shoes.
Despite the crowd at the visitors center, this was a good move. I felt much better and boarded the shuttle for a relaxed tour of the park. I rode it to several stops before heading back to the hotel room. It’s only 6:30pm now, but I guarantee I won’t be doing anything else for the rest of the day. I’m beat.
Zion is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too. Angels Landing was an amazing hike, but if I had to only choose one, I would pick the one I did yesterday. I could spend days here at Zion. It was truly breathtaking.