76 hours (part 1)


April 18th, 2011 by Stephanie Quan

 

This two weeks ago, I did a solo camping trip to Zion, Bryce, and Valley of Fire. (In Utah, Utah, and Nevada respectively)

This is Utah:

Zion is a 7.5 hr drive from LA. The drive was made much better by audiobooks I borrowed from the Harvard Westlake Library (They keep the whole english curriculum on ipods you can check out). I finished “The Thing They Carried” and started “The Virgin Suicides” along the way. I seem to be on a depressing book binge. The campgrounds in Zion are cushy. They have plumbing.

I stayed in Watchman campground, which is named after this rock.

 

 

The next day I hiked up Angel’s landing (5.4mi. round trip, 1495ft elevation gain, 4 hours)

 

 

The last half mile of it looked like this

 

Just a scramble up the ridge. Totally not scary.

The view from the top:

 

Here’s a video I made for my parents. Its super short and just a panorama from the top: Spring Break 484

Hidden Canyon was right around the bend (4 mi round trip, 895 elevation gain, 3 hours)

 

 

and Riverside Drive was at the north end of the park (2.2 mi round trip, 57 ft elevation gain, 1 hour). The Narrows were closed because of high flood water:

 

 

That night I settled in with some Grimm’s Fairy Tales (more depressing literature).

Sunset in Watchman:

- At time of posting in Virgin, Utah, it was 62.6 °F -

Humidity: n/a | Wind Speed: n/a | Cloud Cover: n/a

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