Everyone was pretty tired after our wild couple of nights in Vegas, so we all had a lovely long nap on the way to our penultimate national park; Zion Canyon!
On the way we stopped at Lake Powell for a quick dip and a cool off from the Vegas heat before heading to Zion for a sneak peek at what we’d be facing the next day.
We then headed into camp to set up our new tents, which let’s just say, were pretty basic compared to Steve’s. Steve’s tents were like staying in The Ritz, whilst poor Morgan’s was well… all I can muster is a ‘thank the Lord we didn’t have them in Cedar point!’ Aside from checking out the types of trails for tomorrow’s last hike and a swim, we had a nice, chilled evening as in the morning we’ll be up at 5am!
our new southern sun tents
It was an early start today as we packed up our tents and headed to Zion. Most of the group apart from Emma and Kirsty decided to take on Angel’s Landing – one of the most strenuous and dangerous trails in America’s national park system, whereas the girls fancied a go at the Emerald trail.
on one of Walter’s Wiggles, me at the top, my view from angel’s landing
This tough hike (and I know I’ve said this before, but this was the toughest hike I have EVER done), started with 21 steep switchbacks, also known as Walter’s Wiggles, taking you to Scout’s Lookout. From here the trail turns narrow with steep drop offs and chains nailed into the mountain for the last 800m. Scary or what? Not gonna lie, the chains were the one thing that really worried me, as they literally separated you from life or death. But through persistence and determination, we made our way to the top, and I was so proud of ourselves! It was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done, and it definitely tested not only my fitness but my fear of heights!
zion canyon, steph, bobbi, me and pollyOnce we finished the hike we met up with the girls and headed to our next campsite where Morgan surprised us with a bunkhouse – no tents tonight yay! There was no time to rest though, as we all did a spot of horseback riding in the Lake Powell countryside. It was my first time ever on a horse, and I had to get the slow one – poor Sonny loved a gentle stroll (and food), which led me to the back of the group! But all in all, it was another fun experience to tick off the list!
horses, horse riding trail
As the day drew to an end, some of us did laundry, whilst the rest of the group relaxed. Me and Matty sat on a bench outside and looked at the stars. I loved just sitting down and not doing anything aha!
It had been a hectic few days, but we survived Vegas and our last ‘official’ hike! Bring on tomorrow and our visit to one of the natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon!
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