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September 2, 2013

Day 2: Zion, Night 2: Grand Canyon, mile 549

Alright ZION!


Today was most excellent. I hiked Angels Landing as planned, and the experience did not disappoint. Vertigo inducing drop offs on either side and slick slabby sand stone made for some enjoyable near life experiences on the way up.


..sketchy, even by my standards

The view from the top is, as the name would lead you to believe, divine. Pictures can’t capture and words can’t describe blah blah et cetera.


The view facing north. That canyon leads to The Narrows.


The view facing south


The clouds rolled in around 2:30, and – no joke – it started raining when I was about 10 strides away from my car. Thunder storms are predicted tonight here at the Grand Canyon North Rim.



September 1, 2013

Night 1: Zion, mile 446

Made it to Zion NP this evening. The place is pretty well built up and filled out.


There are motels all the way up to the park gates and right now I am writing this from my WiFi enabled RV site. Yes, RV site. All the tent sites were filled so I had to shell out the big bucks for a site made for a 30 ft motorhome.


The drive out was interesting. It only rained for about 45 minutes total, but the drops were massive and it sounded like driving though paintballs. Lightning in the surrounding hills. I pulled over in the Virgin River Canyon to see if I could catch a flash on film. I found myself preempting the strikes and taking pictures of dull grey skies. After about a dozen of those shots I began to feel a shade crazier than I prefer, so I packed it in and continued east.


I expect to hike Angels Landing Trail tomorrow morning. Should be intense.

August 31, 2013

Road Trip Overview: Grand Canyon Loop

Ok, so here’s the deal: I’m headed out on a road trip to Utah tomorrow.


I’m equal parts excited and nervous. It’s my hope that by keeping up blog posts about my misadventures it will help pass the time, keep my wits sharp, and impress my friends. So without further delay, here is the overview.


Grand Loop Road Trip +3


This map is not oriented due north. Lake Powel is that squiggly blue part in the middle, Grand Canyon to the left, and Lake Mead to the left of the GC. You can see the grey blotch of Vegas to the upper-left of Mead.


The Scheme:

  • Night 1: Zion National Park
  • Night 2: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Night 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Night 4: Capitol Reef National Park
  • Night 5: Canyonlands National Park
  • Night 6: Arches National Park
  • Night 7: Phoenix, AZ.
  • Back home to Costa Mesa, CA on the 8th.


I expect it to be shitty and awesome, unpredictable and mundane, visceral views and thoughts that I choose.


Grand Loop Road Trip +2
Heres a little perspective for y’all. I made North about a 45 degree angle so that all the parks I’m headed to would fit in the zoomed in picture.


Grand Loop Road Trip +1
And for those of you who enjoy geography jokes, Here’s a little grander location reference.


Credit: Google Earth


Trip Highlights


I made up a visual index of my best stories from the road.


This is where I recommend you start.




Photo Gallery


My favorite pictures from across the country, individually annotated and organized by state.




National Park Cliff Notes


Short descriptions of the history and geography of each national park with a few recommendations on what to do.



Jump to a random national park



The less well known parks are better because of their obscurity.