Willie (Nicol's cousin from California)... Nicol and I drove up to Zion and hiked the Angels Landing Trail.
We were REALLY close to Colorado City, AZ which is the polygamy capital of the US. It is also has the highest rate of fumarase deficiency in the world, which is caused by having "uncle dads"... yeah make fun of Appalachia and west virginia. Like everybody in the city is a direct descendant of 2 - 3 people. Creepy. Didnt make the side trip though.
We hiked to the top of this thing
This is the "great arch" of zion. Wind did this. That is pretty great.
Cool trail up.
Then it got kind of scary, like 1800 foot cliffs.
1/2 mile from here to the top along this spine. It took 45 minutes to an hour. Drop offs on both sides.
Kind of gnarly.
View upriver. We did not come from this direction.
View back down the spine.
View downriver the way we came.
California Condor migrated to zion from the grand canyon. Largest north american bird. Pretty sick. If I were a "birder" I have probably seen a lot of birds in my travels, however Matt and I just made fun of birders and the advice to see rare birds when we did the Great Divide MTB route.
Another arch. Crazy.
About as much fun as you can have winging a day trip somewhere that you dont know at all.