Sunday, May 25, 2008

Zion National Park hike - more beautiful Utah!

Just got some pictures from Sarah since my camera stopped taking pictures during my Utah race (turns out the resolution had kicked over to high sometime during my run, so my camera filled up), so I thought I would post a delayed report on my after race trip adventures.

Even though I was really sore from the Red Mountain 50k race the day before, my friend Sarah and I took a trip over to Zion National Park in Utah on Sunday, May 25th, and planned a short hike. We did the Lower, Middle and Upper Emerald Pools trails and part of the Grotto trail for a total of about 3.5-4 miles. Lots of red dirt, a few small waterfalls, and sweeping, landscape views made it a great hike. Sarah was great to hike with and we had a wonderful time!
I hobbled a little for the first part of the hike. We took it slow, but there were some rocky step-ups and downs that I had to navigate with care. I'm hoping that it helped me from stiffening up too much.

Zion National Park is amazing, and we really enjoyed driving through it on the way home. It was my second time there and I loved it. Highly recommend it. Utah is utterly breathtaking.
We headed on down into Arizona, going back home a different way. We passed Lake Powell (I want to rent a houseboat up there for a week sometime!) and went through Flagstaff, Arizona. Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet, was snow capped as were the adjacent mountains.

I got home late, but it was good to be back home.

Arizona is really a lovely state. I'm glad I live here.


HappyTrails said...

We love the gorgeous pictures of Zion! We have not been there (yet!)- it is on our list of "future places to visit"! We noticed the lovely looking trail parralelling the river in the top picture. Beautiful! Are you recovering??? :-)

angie's pink fuzzy said...

mmm, gorgeous...

i get to climb mt humphreys this month!

tassja said...

Luciano C. Ascua i went to Zion's park and hiked angels landing . . . and i also saw the big tunnel and went to the grand canyon overlook ... and soon i will be hiking the narrows that is also located in Zions park . if you would like to see pictures i have a facebook page with all my adventures