Iron, Lion, Zion.

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why did nobody tell us about Zion? I'd love to know. It was absolutely breathtaking from the minute we entered the national park: in-your-face-beautiful and towering red cliffs bursting with rich vegetation they called "hanging gardens". 

We spent an unforgettable day exploring and snapping away. It was hard to take a bad picture, no matter how hard we tried. Yet the pics don't do the place justice. We opted to hike to the start of The Narrows, two cliffs that rise up from a river that people hike through in sometimes chest-high waters. We weren't equipped (see entry entitled: Be Prepared) so we went as far we could with hiking shoes and no waterproof gear, stopping off for a dip in the exhiliratingly cool natural pools.
We could easily have spent a few more days there, and would go back in a hurry.
But right then we were in a hurry to get to a warm, comfy bed and a hot shower. Even though it was 35 degree average in the day, the temperature dropped to about 8 degrees at night. That's why we shivered in the tent the previous night, despite wearing all the clothes we possess. We gave up halfway through and slept in the slightly more comfortable White Scorpion. We really can't bear to ALSO carry sleeping bags!
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