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