Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday in the Slots (Day 4)

Oct 26th: Sunday was our last day in Zion. We woke up early and caught sunrise on the Canyon Overlook hike. We knew we wanted to do Sacrament Meeting somewhere but didn't know where we could do it. The top of the hike was a bit too crowded and we couldn't find a nice secluded spot for church so we hiked back to the cars. From the parking lot, we noticed a path that led down into a small opening. We decided to check it out and after wandering a bit down we found our perfect spot for church, all alone and secluded and surrounded by the tall, beautiful red rock canyon walls. We had a really nice Sacrament meeting (as they always are in nature) and felt a sweet spirit as we worshipped together as family. After our meeting we wandered a bit more and found ourselves walking through a stunning slot canyon. It was not only amazing because of the natural beauty of it but because we were also the only ones it, a huge blessing since a slot canyon was the only thing we hadn't checked off our list while in Zion. It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip... and then the drive home in a snow storm added any adrenaline that was missing for the day. 

Our Sacrament spot: 

Ethan's donuts that saved the day. Luke was obsessed. Kept him happy after dayz of hiking!

how the car ride back went. messy roads and messy boy.

Also HUGE thanks to the Kirtons for letting us stay at their house and break up the long drive to Zion!
A couple snapshots of the cousins:

Riley took this, pretty much every night it looks like this:
on the road again. . . 

Observation Point Via East Rim Zion (Day 3)

Oct 25, 2020: On Day 3 of our Zions trip it got even better! Nicole, Ethan and Chelsea all drove up and joined us! They drove suppper duper early and we had all day together to hike, eat ice cream, talk and play at camp. We had so fun all together and loved this day! I was bummed I brought my camera only to find out the battery was dead-- but the phone camera takes epic pictures too. Zion is beautiful. 

Sunrise at Angel's Landing! (Day 2)

Oct 23rd: Angel's Landing!!! Bucketlist item checked off! One thing we didn't anticipate in our trip was the need for reservations and shuttle ticktets to access some of the best hiking. We didn't have passes and decided instead to wake early before the shuttles even started and just walk to trailhead and get SUNRISE on top of Angels Landing!  It was the NEATEST hike and top experience of our entire lives. Hands down. So neat. Woke and broke camp at 4am- walked to the trail head in the dark. We saw 20 shooting stars-- not exaggerating either. The kids did great and was soo amazing. My favorite hike to date. We watched sunrise from the top of angels landing with just a couple other people.