A Trip of a Lifetime
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Well we did it, we all visited three states (NV, AZ & UT) three National Parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) and a State Park (Kodachrome) saw the sights from the top of a mountain, the depths of a canyon floor and by boat as we cruised through a canyon so close we could almost touch.
On day one we hiked the approach to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. About 30 minutes in, I gave up trying to keep up with the group and let them go on ahead. I wasn't sure I'd even keep going but I did, at my own pace. It was without a doubt the most challenging hike I've done in recent years and I could feel it in muscles I had long since forgotten about, but when I met one of my friends heading back down to rejoin me I decided I wasn't done and convinced her to keep going on to Scouts Lookout with me. The view was worth it!
The very next day we visited Bryce Canyon National Park at sunrise and then hiked the Navajo Trail down into the canyon to connect with the Queens Garden trail back out. The elevation at Bryce made hiking even more challenging than at Zion and we all felt the need to stop frequently to admire the view while we caught our breath so I was able to stay with the group. Despite the lack of oxygen in our lungs, we did a lot of laughing along the way! Bryce Canyon is breathtaking even without the hike and if you haven't been there I highly recommend it!
Unfortunately, the two significant hikes in two days combined with some shorter efforts took a toll on our feet. Several of us ended up with blisters, including myself, and that combined with a fall onto a recently operated on knee by one of my friends ended our time in hiking boots. Luckily we were able to find alternatives and spent Mother's Day exploring the Lake Powell area including the much photographed Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River. I'm afraid I had to make that hike my sandals because my heel couldn't take the idea of a real shoe...I don't recommend it but I made it in just the same and was glad I did.
Those were the highlights, what filled in the gaps between was good food, great company and memories made. My legs ached from hiking and my abs from laughing! I completely ignored work, checked in with the family only occasionally and spent 7 glorious days remembering why these 5 women have been my friends since middle school or before.
And the icing on the top? I lost 4lbs despite the fact that it felt like we were eating constantly! Thank goodness for the calorie burn of a long hike!