Roadtrip Day 9: Paria Canyon, Arizona to Zion Canyon National Park, Utah
Started off Day 9 by waking up and realizing we had no stove fuel for breakfast, so we ate dry food. Left the campground pretty early and drove a half hour back on the dirt road before reaching the highway again. Once we got to the highway, we headed for Zion Canyon National Park. Stopped in Kanab to get some stove fuel, car fuel, and ice. Reaching Zion around 10 in the morning, we got one of the last three camping spots in the South Campground (Watchman Campground was already full). Once camp was set up, we headed for the visitor center to make a hiking plan for the next couple of days. Once that was figured out, we took the shuttle to the Grotto Stop, and then hiked Angel's Landing, probably the most popular of the more difficult hikes (5.4 miles roundtrip).
Oh, and this was the hike up to Angel's Landing. Only about two feet wide with a 1,500 ft. drop to the side, but they're nice and give you a chain to hang on to. Except when you want to take a picture.
Upon reaching the top of Angel's Landing, we decided we hadn't had enough of the awesome beauty of Zion Canyon, so we hiked another 3 miles along the West Rim Trail. This turned out to be an even better idea than originally thought because we hardly saw any tourists once we got past Angel's Landing.
Got back to the campground and found Carlos (my bonzai tree) had attempted suicide by jumping off the picnic table and landing on his head. No biggie though, he's tough.