Zion National Park

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Once we finally got four teenagers up and going, our family and the Breen's headed to Zion in their RV.  Since Zion is only about 12 miles from the campground, it made for an easy drive to the little town of Springdale where we parked and took a shuttle to the entrance of the park.  At Zion, there are no cars permitted in the canyon so you use a shuttle system which is great.  I initially thought it would be a pain, but not worrying about where to park an RV and being able to see everything instead of the road was super.  We came prepared to hike and our first adventure was the middle and upper pools.  The hike was roughly 2.5 miles round trip and rugged in sections.  The main obstacle was the heat which was running around 103 degrees.  Most of use had camel packs and all of use had a few bottles of water in our packs.  The hike took us around a canyon that could not be any more beautiful.  The elevation was around 8,000 so in addition to the heat, the air was thin for us kids from the East.  Our elevation at home is 170 ft.  Later, we took the shuttle further to the narrows and did the very popular river walk.  There were plenty of tourists and virtually no one was American.  With the dollar being so cheap, there were a lot of families from Germany and Holland.  The trek was nice as the path takes you along the river's edge at the floor of the canyon.  You look up at 1,000 plus feet walls carved by millions of years of erosion.  It reminds you that your life span of roughly 100 years is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things.  The group was showing signs of fatigue so we headed back.  We all were eager to eat which we did well.
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