Zion National Park

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
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Trip End Jul 10, 2012


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

We left Kodrachrome early and drove into Zion National Park. Just the drive in was amazing. We went through this really long tunnel, with occassional windows where you just see a huge rockface. When we finally reached the end of it, we came out and saw these huge cliff faces everywhere you looked. It was amazing. I was just staring out the window in awe the whole time. Then we parked up, got our hiking stuff ready, and started our day in Zion. Most people wanted to hike up to a place called Angel's Landing. It's the highest point in Zion, and the walk there is incredibly steep and tricky, sometimes hauling yourself up a narrow peice of rock using a rope. Definitely not my thing at all. I don't do climbing at height with sheer drops on either side. No, no, no. Luckily my friend Sophie thought the same, so we decided to do some of the other hikes in the park. 

 We decided to see the Emerald Pools. So we walked to the first one. It wasn't really emerald. Nevermind. We also had a close encounter with a beautiful mule deer on the way which was nice. Then we did the hike up to the other two pools. I'm not going to lie, I really struggled. Not because the track itself was difficult. It was realtively flat. It was just so hot, and I couldn't handle it. I was drinking litres of water, but the heat just really got to me. It was over 100 degrees again. We were walking out in the sun too, so we didn't get much shade. We made it to the second pool, and I wondered if it was a stupid idea for me to keep going, but I thought I'd gone this far, I might as well make it worth it and get to the end. 

 By this point I was worried I was getting heat stroke. I felt sick, I was starting to get dizzy, and no matter how much I drunk, I was constantly thirsty. It took me a while, but I pushed myself, and eventually got to the last pool. It was worth it though, as it was the nicest out of all of them, and in the shade! So we chilled out there for an hour or so, cooling down and having a little nap, before walking back. After that we went to camp, dumped our stuff, and went down to the river for a thorough cool down.

 That evening we had a wonderful last meal together, and met the new group who were joining us for the second week. They had been doing a different trip along the coast. Eventually it was time for goodbyes, and we lost a third of our original group. It was weird to think that I should have been going with them! But it was settled, and I was staying, much to my delight, but probably not to my parents' delight!We spent the evening getting to know the new group, who were huge, and they brought our number up to 32 on the bus! It was certainly packed now!
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