Angel’s 👼🏻 Landing:
The best time to do this hike is either early morning or late afternoon because you’ll want to avoid the crowds! Otherwise, you’ll be stuck hiking narrow ledges with strangers, with nothing but a steep 1000+ ft drop on either side!
While I struggled with the height a bit (or maybe a lot), it was more the amount of people that I had to cross that made me nervous! Hands down, still THE best hike I’ve ever done 👌🏻.
Best birthday ever! Checked off the bucket list: hike Angel’s Landing. I found out about this trail when I was in middle school and discovered the “nature” category on Stumble Upon. It was one of the first things I ever added to my bucket list. 5.4 miles and ~1500 foot elevation gain led up to a narrow, rock scrambly trail with 1000 foot drop-offs on either side. I’m not scared of heights but there were definitely a few sketchy sections even for me. At the very end of the trail, it widens and we found a nice little spot to sit down and were greeted by cute little chipmunks 😍
I don’t usually post wide shots or short captions or the same location two posts in a row and I don’t normally post yadda yadda in a run on sentence. But I am today because I’m starting an adventure in about 8 hours, running short in time. So please join me in doing things you normally wouldn’t because you can.
Coming to you this morning from Sunnyvale, California. Time to see what’s next!
PS. This tree was super rad, right?
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Taking in the biblical views of ZION!
. @tys.fine.art is my kind of guy, I love climbing out on the rocks
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I wonder if the mountains think about me as much as I think about them
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Me: YES, take a pic because we’ve made it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alex: [snaps picture] but we haven’t actually made it. There’s still another steep section ➡️. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Every peak we arrived at felt like we were there, but that’s how they trick you! I was tempted to turn around because my legs were burning but I can’t stand not finishing things so off we went! ⠀⠀⠀
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend everyone! Remember pack it in, pack it out, stay hydrated, and be kind to one another 😁
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This view LITERALLY took my breath away. (Chris Traeger voice) 😂 I felt like a beluga whale, huffing it up Angles Landing while young children and the elderly regularly passed me. 😂😜 •
Good news though, 🙌🏼WE MADE IT👏🏼! It took 4 hours, a million snack breaks, and many complaints about waiting in line. 🤭But we did it and it was absolutely worth it!
““And we’re off. Like a herd of turtles -Michael Scott” -Me”
every 5 seconds 🐢🐢🐢
Four years ago I stood at this overlook and took in the natural beauty of Zion National Park. I was intrigued by this weather-beaten tree sitting atop a rock outcrop way above the valley floor and thought about the many storms it must have been through in its exposed environment. During a fast-moving trip, I relished the chance to slow down and rest with a view like this.
The most extreme game of “the ground is lava” in the history of the ground is lava games.🌋 You know, I keep thinking about this. It was 3 years ago that I left my job to travel full time.
Now, we both know this is not about quitting your job. People, I had to work a full time job and TWO part time jobs to make it happen. I saved and sacrificed and worked my BUM off. Leaving my job is what IIIIIII had to do to make my change.
But what does your big change look like?
This isn’t about quitting your job, it’s about having enough courage to make a change.
This is about recognizing that change comes with change. If nothing changes from where you are today, nothing will change. A year from now, you’ll be right where you are.
And know this, it took me 3 years to actually go.
3 years of researching and thinking and reading travel blogs and wishing I could do what those people were doing. 3 years because change is scary my friend and frankly I was quite happy right where I was.
But then the day came when I thought of life 5 years down the road and the thought of staying where I was scared me more than diving into the unknown. I realized that if I didn’t go I’d be saying “what if” for the rest of my life.
Maybe you need to hear this today: change is scary but it’s also necessary if you want to make a change.
If you want to do something, you can do it my friend. It's going to take hard work and figuring things out and late nights and you're going to say "what in the world was I thinking" once in awhile but it's going to be worth it.
Dream big, put your dreams into action, and go. May I remind you like my new forming wrinkles remind me daily, that we're not getting any younger here.
Do the dang thing.
Hi, I'm Steph. A blogger, traveler, popcorn lover, and Northern Michigan transplant. Thank you for reading my short novel.
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Well, Zion, you have my heart. I didn’t think it could get any better - and then we hiked up Angel’s Landing. I have never in my life seen anything so magnificent and vast, it literally took my breath away. It was steep and a trek and a half, and I bloody loved every second.
As you plan your long weekend in the Zion area, please keep in mind Utah Highway 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks, is currently closed because of snow. Visitor facilities, (restrooms and the Visitor Center) are also not available. However, you can still access the park via ski, snowshoe and snowmobile. Just be sure to stay on marked paths.
Day Six: Zion National Park- Lower Emerald Pools, Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock
We had planned to hike The Narrows on Day Six, but it is still closed because the weather this year is apparently very abnormal. The Narrows are still closed because the Virgin River is flowing faster than the safe amount.
Anyway, instead we started (after a leisurely breakfast) by hiking Lower Emerald Pools, which is a nice hike to a waterfall. Had a crazy squirrel get all up on us- I swear he heard plastic and came running, we did not feed him. We also saw a Mule Deer up close.
Then, we hopped back on the shuttle and went to hike Riverside Walk (which leads you up to the starting point for the Narrows). Riverside walk is very pretty, in the shade mostly, and it’s nice to put your feet in the river. Brr! We finally got to see the Golden Columbines. There are wildflowers blooming EVERYWHERE out here in the desert. We also found a flower called Dark Throated Shooting Star.
Then we got on the shuttle again and went to hike Weeping Rock. This one was awesome because most of the plants are marked with a sign that gives info #wannabebotanist and because it’s a mini rainforest inside a desert
All in all, this trip is a reminder of God’s sovereignty- in seasons changing and in the weather. I believe that my God can stop a storm and is ruler over nature, but He also has a greater plan in mind than just my desire to hike a certain trail. Who knows, maybe we will be back one day to hike it with an even better plan in mind. Yes, the weather has been weird- but to have the weather to where we can do any of this has been a blessing.