Zion + Bryce Canyon

Thursday

We flew into Vegas Thursday morning and rented a sweet Honda Odyssey minivan. On the way to our Airbnb in Springdale, Utah, it started snowing.

 

Friday

Kelly's birthday today! And the weather was much improved. What a better way to spend a birthday than outside with friends.

 

The Grotto

 Photo cred: Dave

Photo cred: Dave

We stopped for coffee at Cafe Soleil no less than three times during our five-day trip.

 

Feed us.

Birthday celebrations post-hot tub! It's Jess's brother Trey's birthday on the 5th, so we celebrated with twice as much dessert.

 

Saturday

 

Observation Point

 
 
 
 Photo cred: Dave

Photo cred: Dave

 
 Catherine!

Catherine!

 

Sunday

Angels Landing

Early morning shuttle ride to (what I found out afterwards is) one of the most dangerous hikes in the world...!

 
 
 Kelly scaling the second phase of the ascent.

Kelly scaling the second phase of the ascent.

 Glad we went early - if you go later in the day there are huge lines and it takes hours to get to the top.

Glad we went early - if you go later in the day there are huge lines and it takes hours to get to the top.

You can't tell from my photos, but this was a terrifying hike. Like, I've been skydiving before, and this was scarier.

When you skydive tandem, you are just along for the ride and the instructor has full control. With this hike, you are responsible for your own safety - so if you step wrong, lose your balance, or let go of the guiding chain...

Did I mention many people have died on this hike? MANY.

As Kelly turned around, intelligently assessing that the risk wasn't worth the reward, I panickingly realized that if I make it all the way up, I still have to come all the way back down.

The only thing that helped a bit was Kang's reassurance that the margin of error is greater than it appears.

45 stressful minutes later, we made it to the top. On which I basically just stayed low and crawled around, not wanting to lose balance standing and fall off the side (which has happened to people).

 

Tyler was loving it and wanted to eat a snack and take a short nap up there.

Kang got frighteningly close to the edge taking photos, per usual.

Shortly after arriving at the top, Jess and I initiated our descent.

 Photo cred: Dave

Photo cred: Dave

 

Afterwards, tacos at Whiptail Grill in Springdale.

 ...and of course, coffee.

...and of course, coffee.

 

Bryce Canyon

Around 5 p.m. we drove an hour to Bryce Canyon and checked out a few lookout points.

 
 
 Photo cred: Dave

Photo cred: Dave

 All. Weekend.

All. Weekend.

Monday

 

Zion we loved you and we'll be back!