June 13 - by Emma
Today we woke up, and drove to Zion from our campsite. When we got there we went on a little hike called 'Emerald Pools', and that hike was to a waterfall. When we got to the waterfall we stood underneath it to cool off. Then we sat in the shade, and had some Pringles for a snack. Then we hiked back, and when we got back to the RV we rested for a bit because it was so hot.
Then when we were done resting I did some quilting. After it cooled off a bit, we did a different hike. In the middle of it, Katelyn and I were complaining, and my dad had enough of it so we had to hike back. When we got back my Dad said to stay and do work (journals and IXL). So we did, and my Dad was taking longer than I thought he should, so I was a bit worried. He finally came back, so I was happy. We then had some dinner, and then we went to bed.June 14 - by Madison
Today we went on Zion’s most famous hike, Angels Landing, which is a 5.4 miles. I didn’t know why this hike was famous, and that was one of my goals to figure out on this hike. We had to leave the RV really early because it gets up to 120 degrees in the mid-afternoon. When we left it was 65 degrees out, and it goes up by 5 degrees every hour.
I was pretty chilly, but I had to enjoy the moment because I would get hot really quick. On the way up we were hiking really fast because it was shady and we really wanted to get to the top of Angels Landing. I was a little bit nervous because the last .5 miles are on a 3 foot wide path with 1,000 foot drop offs on either side, but they do have chains that you can hold on to.
On the hike, Emma and Katelyn made up really funny names for the sun and shade, and they were the Carlos Bubble for the shade and the Vanessa Bubble for the sun. When we got to the point right before the .5 mile climb we read a sign that said ‘in the last 8 years 6 people have died on this part of the trail’, and this got Emma and Katelyn nervous about the hike because they are afraid of heights.
I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t want to be the person who is put in the record book for dying on the Angels Landing hike. The hike up was really fun because the ropes made it really safe and I liked the challenge that we had to face to get to the top. Once we got to the top Emma started getting really crazy, she got on a tree and started doing a "dance". My Dad said that she had to stop because it was inappropriate, but Emma didn’t know why so she didn’t.
After a while she finally stopped and then we hiked back down. On the way down we past mobs and gobs of people that were coming past us. My Dad said that most of the tourists come later in the day, so we were lucky and beat them and the heat. After we got past the .5 mile point we had a really easy hike down. Once we got back to the bottom of the trail we went back to the RV to have lunch.
Then we went to a ranger program on how the canyon was formed. I learned that the canyon is stuck together by calcite that acts like glue. Also there are 7 layers of the canyon, and the bottom layers didn’t get the calcite so it is crumbling away.
I liked this program because I liked learning about the calcite and the different layers and the secrets behind them. After this ranger program we went back to the RV and then decided that we should go to the 9:15 campground program talking about the role of a park ranger. At this program I learned that in the 1900’s, rangers had to be between 21-40 years old, and they were not allowed to go to Saturday night dances! I thought this was funny because who would think of that rule?
I had to dress up like a ranger and my pants were so big that Katelyn said that I looked fat. After this program we went to the RV and then went to bed. I had a scary day today.
June 15 - by Katelyn
Today we went on a hike called the narrows
Today I got to sleep in because we were going on a hike in the water, so we wanted to go in the afternoon because if we went in the morning or night time the water would be cold. When I first started the hike we were walking on rocks because Dad said that it would be faster, and we would have plenty of time to walk in the water later since we wanted to move fast at the start so we could get deeper in the canyon.
At the beginning of the hike I was a little bit disappointed because there were so many people and it was not that pretty. It was really hard walking in the water because there were lots of rocks that I kept slipping on! As we went deeper into the canyon there were less and less people, and more and more cool things to see. One really cool thing that I saw was a wall with a bunch of holes in it!
This was really cool because the wall was really high and the holes had a symmetrical pattern all the way up! Another cool sight that I saw was the narrow canyon with a big wide turn on it. When I was there I got a really cool picture of Madison and I standing on a rock. That picture was taken right after we passed a place called Wall Street. Wall Street is really cool because that is where there is and intersecting river running into the Virgin River, the one that we were walking in. When we got to the two rivers we decided to go to the intersecting point. When we were walking along the intersecting point I was really cold because the canyon was so narrow and the sun could not hit me. I think that it is so amazing how the world is the perfect length away from the sun because if we were a couple miles closer to the sun we would burn, and if we were a couple miles further away from the sun then we would freeze.
It is sort of like a water bottle in a kitchen, because a kitchen is not too big and if a water bottle goes into a freezer for long enough it will freeze and it would not be easy to drink, and if a water bottle were by the stove where something else is cooking, the water would get really hot and it would be hard to drink…but if the water bottle were in a fridge it would be a good temperature.
This relates to the earth and the sun because our galaxy is like one room in the big universe and the universe could be the house, and in the galaxy the earth is in the perfect position with the sun. I was thinking this because we were in the sun and we were hot, but when we were in the shade we were cold. After we walked a little further we got to a waterfall we stopped and ate a snack because we couldn’t get over the waterfall. Then we started heading back.
The way back took less time because we were not fighting the current. After we got back, we took the bus to the RV. When we got back we ate dinner then, we went to bed.