Zion

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Hello All!

We just got back from an epic four day weekend exploring the massive beauty of Zion National Park.

This place is so incredibly next level. You could just spend all of your idle hours of the day looking up and admiring one of nature’s more legit achievements.

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We had a crew as wonderful as the view.

Almost a year to the day after our epic European adventure, we got together yet again to celebrate summer, life, and the awesomeness of adventure. Seriously, this crew rocks!

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But before we get to the soaring peaks, and winding rivers of Zion, let’s start at the start.

Wednesday we hop on a Southwest flight to Vegas.

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Your blogger enjoying a much needed tecate + economist.

The good life.

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We land in Vegas, hop in a rental car, and head straight to my Mom’s house for a home-cooked dinner.

Mommachka! 🙂 🙂

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Also got to spend some QT with her cat.

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Thursday morning, our SoCal homies rally up in Vegas …

And we journey eastward, traveling along roads that were just tripping us out …

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We arrived.

And the afternoon was the glorious mix of moisture in the air, dry desert wind, and pure adventure.

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The fellow blogger and I setup our tent.

Making sure to properly stake it out and dig rain gutters in case of storms.

What a woman.

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Good call with the proper tent setup!

It dumped for a solid ten minutes that night.

But the team’s spirits couldn’t have been any better.

Soaked … Yet Stoked.

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Woke up to this view …

Dudes …

Seriously …

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To all of my readers abroad … You wanna see what the U.S.A. looks like?

It looks like this.

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Our first hike started up the valley right along the Virgin river.

This little beast cut through the dessert for hella long … I mean srsly like millenia and shit … This little river just plugged away and carved out Zion.

That’s beast mode.

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The hike up Angel’s Landing had some serious elevation going for it.

Switchbacks for days … Yo.

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But the views …

Dude, we were rewarded with some epic views.

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Winding up through the mountain, there were all these cool little paths with massive rocks towering right next to you.

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The team set a solid pace.

And your blogger was stoking.

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Good thing we had a bunch of athletes up there.

Yo.

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The climb up was seriously nuts.

There were these stretches where you had to hold onto this gnar chain and get way vertical on this beast.

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But dude!

You were rewarded with views …

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And silliness …

🙂 🙂

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At the summit with my favorite person in the world.

Maybe the best hike we’ve done together … Di … I Love You!

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But seriously yo …

This hike was legit gnarly …

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Lunch and photos and chilling.

Angel’s Landing. Living up to the name.

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On our way down, we enjoyed some tasty beverages.

(After the gnarly chain sections, of course.)

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And the universe felt right.

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Down at the bast the team hopped in the river.

And enjoyed a much needed chill sesh.

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Back at camp.

And the squad is chillin.

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We pass out, sleep well, and enjoy the coziness of the second night camping.

Morning arrives, and Cape, in his purest foodie glory, prepares a breakfast of ridiculous proportions.

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Had to MacGyver a coffee filter.

But it totally hit the spot.

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The breakfast vision he had for us was realized with these amazing little sandos.

Mother of God.

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Okay … this is gonna sound nuts.

But … the second hike was even friggin cooler!

Whaaaaaat.

Lemme tell you about it.

We cruise up the valley, get aquatic, and head into the narrows for a river expedition.

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Look to my left …

… And hello mr. dear on the banks of the river ….

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Dubbity was feeling the outdoorsy groove by now.

And we were friggin stoking!

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Jo …

Game time in the face of possible flash floods.

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And these two.

Such an awesome traveling crew!

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The cliffs up the narrows were just beyond words.

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Winding through these epic bends, we were enveloped in this magical journey up the river.

One of the coolest experiences of my life.

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… Okay …

For you, the reader, the transition from the last pic to this text was most likely a couple of seconds. However, for me, the blogger, I just took a break and made a quesadilla and cracked my third beer of the evening. So, the possibility of a typo, or of me getting a bit loosey-goosey here on out has gone up substantially.

… Anyways …

Back to the adventure.

We continued our trek up the narrows, with the cliffs towering over us like no other.

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Warm air, cool mountain water.

A river expedition perfected.

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Dude!

A year ago these two brought us to Spain. And 365 days later, they bring us to Zion.

I have complete faith in anything you tell me!!!

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Look at this shit.

Are you kidding me.

Utah is so fucking next level.

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I mean …

Seriously …

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Situational awareness is key.

Head on a swivel.

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The most spectacular part of the whole trip.

Experiencing it with my Queen.

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This is the raddest.

River expeditions with the fellow blogger.

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There were all these awesome features as we headed up the narrows.

The walls almost felt like they were alive.

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Are you kidding me?!?!

This place is real.

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Okay … Yes … I can imagine that this beer is kicking in now. And your blogger is easily falling to hyperbole now …

But … Dudes … Go to Zion.

Just do it.

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Fuck … How do I keep captioning these river expedition pics.

There are just too many for my witticisms.

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This section is called “Wall Street”.

And it is ridic.

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I mean … You are like hundreeds of feet down there.

Just chilling in the river.

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Charging it!

Into the unknown.

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About two hours in, the crowds thin out, and the water level rises.

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Look at our swimmer here!

Getting hard core!

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The narrows, get even more epic after wall street.

It gets greener and way more empty.

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Wow.

I mean … Seriously.

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I will indeed never forget trekking up the Zion narrows. It is an experience of a lifetime.

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So ya … That is that.

It’s time for me to get up and grab another beer … And for this post to conclude.

What more can I say about Zion. Yes, there may be crowds. And yes, it may be hot and vertical. But … It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life. The grandeur was on a level that is still leaving me in awe. Goodnight, all.

Oh Wait!

One last thing …

So, on our final night of the adventure. Cape did a glow stick show for us. A true hidden talent, this show was as dazzling as it was unexpected. Crazy. Colorful. Wonderful.

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Zion.

You Rock.

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