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So after we did the shorter, but greater elevation changes, we decided to complete a longer trail to see how our distance hiking skills were. This was a perfect choice for the day. The La Verkin Creek / Kolob Arch Trails resulted in 14 miles and about 8 hours of hiking with time to relax for lunch and re-fill our water supply.
We started off early in the morning (9am) and got some great cool weather for walking into the valley. This was another ...
... way back to Scout's Landing. Elizabeth and Reig kept going a bit farther but they also turned around and came back. Apparently the chain ends and then you have to travel to the end of the trail with nothing to hold onto. Six people have died on this trail since 2006 and that fact featured strongly in my decision to turn around. After another break we made our way back down the trail and took a different trail to the Emerald ...
... the duct tape and pantyhose fix was just not working. We decided we’d stop at Wal-Mart to look for other options. We came out of Wal-Mart with some 2-way tape and some Command strips. Another ½ hour was spent trying to rig it up with the two-way tape.
Long story short, we decided to just do without a rear view mirror. With the side mirrors alone, we made it into Zion around 6:30. We checked in, dropped ...
... is that I hadn’t actually figured out that the tent had two doors, one on each side. Oops. Entering/exiting the tent became much easier after a brief moment of tent architectural engineering epiphany.
The next morning we took a mini excursion to Kanab, a few hours down the road to the east of Zion. Many years ago Tanya had spent a summer working at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (based just north of Kanab) and she wanted to pay them a visit. We were also ...
The sign welcoming us to Utah told us it is 'life elevated' which is a little more catchy than it's neighbouring state's tagline of 'the salt bush state' (because Arizona has lots of salt bush we're told).
At the entrance to Zion National Park a huge deer leapt out in front of the car. Our first encounter with the local wildlife (apart from everyone in Vegas).
The drive through the park was beautiful ...