Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Angel's Landing, Zion National Park

We went on a hike in Zion National Park up a trail to a place called Angel's Landing. On the map it seemed to be quite a short little hike. Just off of the road and back for a few miles. Little did we know that those few miles were STRAIGHT UP.

I was impressed at how many people were there. The majority of the people we ran into were actually from England. They had come all the way from England to hike this trail in Utah. I thought that was amazing.

Before we left Provo, Rachel's dad had put some drinks and snacks in our car as a surprise so we'd have something to eat on the trip. One of the things he gave us were some bottles of water. As we were leaving the hotel for our "little hike" we decided to grab three bottles just in case we needed them. All I can say is - if we hadn't have gotten that water I don't know if I'd be here today to tell the story.

At the top of the trail there are a few parts where the trail just turns into some slanted and steep rock and they just put a little chain for the hikers to grab on to. It was terrifying to me. If you slipped you would fall right off of a cliff. I was even more surprised that they let anyone go up on that trail. Old people and young kids were going up that thing (and even harder, going down it). They say nobody has ever died on that trail. But I didn't want to be the first. The view from the top was outstanding. No picture could ever capture the feeling you get while you are up there. I highly recommend this hike - oh, and take some water!

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