Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Grand Canyon and Zion

Ever gaze into the largest precipice on earth at sunset? Or try hiking upriver through a narrow riverbed in the bottom of a desert canyon? Well, if you like wilderness parks or natural wonders of the world in general, I’ll have to take you along on my next trip.  

This 4th of July weekend my wife and I visited my brother-in-law who works as a park ranger on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Needless to say we saw some sweeping dramatic views of the landscape and engaged in some pretty incredible hikes along the Grand Canyon in Arizona as well as the Narrows of Zion National Park in Utah a few hours away. 

We flew into 110 degree heat in Las Vegas and needless to say I did lots of driving through several states, but got to see a lot of desert beauty along the way. At 8000 and almost 9000 feet of elevation in places my wife and I fell asleep pretty quick after a full day of hiking each evening on our trip. So how was your 4th of July?