Posted by: runuphill | April 27, 2014

Zion, with a tiny bit of creativity

Our ritual anniversary trip had finally arrived and Thursday evening we left SLC bound for Zion National Park, our home away from home.  The weather forecast looked incredible: Friday – partly cloudy, ~70s, and breezy; Saturday – rain down low and snow up high; Sunday – sunny and sure to be “alive” after the rain.  After years of building a relationship with the Park you can’t help but be drawn to experience it when mother-nature is in all her different moods.  After-all, Zion is what it IS only because of the mighty power of wind and water.  To visit the park only during clear and sunny conditions would be like only talking to your friends only when they are happy. which would be a fairly shallow relationship.  Meaningful relationships involve a deeper understanding and connection.

Overview:

  • Friday : Mindy/Phoebe/Catherine had a nice hike on the Chinle Trail while I did a super linkup from Springdale to Gifford Canyon via Johnson ridge, the Watchman, No Mans Mountain, Stevens Wash and Hepworth Wash.  Complicated terrain!
  • Saturday : Our family did an awesome hike in the rain up Many Pools canyon.  Mindy then ran from the east entrance to Weeping Rock, and I got in an evening run in the rain/snow up Lady Mountain.
  • Sunday : Family hike up the West Rim Trail, then I snuck in another jaunt up the Lady before the drive home.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking

Slab running terrain on the east face of  Watchman ridge

Slab running terrain on the east face of Watchman ridge

Brilliantly complex train of Watchman ridge

Brilliantly complex train of Watchman ridge

Sheep Horns hidden in the Zion backcountry

Sheep Horns hidden in the Zion backcountry

Stunning southeast ridge of G2

Stunning southeast ridge of G2

Raging river at the entrance to Pine Creek canyon

Raging river at the entrance to Pine Creek canyon

Me and Phoebe in Many Pools

Me and Phoebe in Many Pools

Mindy and Phoebe in Many Pools

Mindy and Phoebe in Many Pools

Beautiful Falls

Beautiful Falls

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Me and Phoebs heading up the West Rim Trail

Me and Phoebs heading up the West Rim Trail

Happy to be running again.

Happy to be running again.

Our family on the West Rim

Our family on the West Rim

They don't come any cuter than this!

They don’t come any cuter than this!

Mindy : super-mom

Mindy : super-mom

Me after a quick scramble up Lady Mountain.  One of my favorite short workouts in the world.

Me after a quick scramble up Lady Mountain. One of my favorite short workouts in the world.

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  1. […] Family Zion Trip – Stellar solo linkup (Springdale -> Johnson -> Watchman -> No Mans -> Stevens -> Hepworth); Beautiful family hike up Many Pools canyon during a rainstorm.  West Rim family hike, followed by an always-classic run up Lady Mountain. Story […]

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  3. When it rains, you make running rainbows!


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