Zion National Park is a place we have visited many times and in many seasons. One memorable trip in 2000 was just my wife and me. We hiked Angel?s Landing, 1,208 feet above the valley floor. Because of being extremely uncomfortable with heights, that will probably be the one time I hike there. As we got to the top, I reluctantly stood for a picture and then planted my bottom on the rock and didn?t get up until it was time to go back. The view was incredible and I?m glad I did it.
The next day we hiked a few miles up ?The Narrows? from the trail head at the Temple of Sinawava. We had a wonderful time hiking in the water and swimming in the pools. Too soon it was time to return to the trail head. On the way back it started to sprinkle and then rain and then pour. The water became muddy and the level rose six to eight inches. At one point, hand-sized rocks were being washed from the tops of the surrounding cliffs. We wondered if there would be a flash flood coming down the canyon. We clung to each other and made it back to the trail head, where most park visitors don?t venture much beyond the paved trail. Still overcoming the stress of surviving our minor ordeal, the smiles and laughter of the others was quite a contrast for us. Then we looked around and saw the beauty of the wet, sparkling park.
Zion is full of amazing sights around each bend and from every elevation.