Summit - 11,916ft: 17.5 miles, 9.5 hours, 4,000ft elevation gain - AWESOME HIKE and great training for Mt. Hood!
|Mt. Charleston - we were approx. 4 miles from the top at this point|
The t-shirts we are wearing in the summit picture are from www.sealevelsucks.com which is a fun company out of Flagstaff, AZ. They appreciate the beauty of the mountains and enjoy the great outdoors. Check out their website and photo gallery (they have a few of our pictures posted)!
We have been in St. George, UT since Monday and have been enjoying drives and hikes around Zion National Park as well as Bryce Canyon National Park.
Zion - on this trip we've explored more areas of the park in addition to the main/popular section. We made it up to Kolob Canyon (the north tip of the park) as well as Kolob Terrace (this 20 mile drive winds in and out of the park in several areas; it is just west of the main entrance to the park). What an incredible variety of landscape in these different places.
Observation Point - We enjoyed this hike so much in 2010 we decided to do it again. Along the way we kept passing a bunch of kids (some cruising up the mountain and some struggling a bit). We come to find out it's a group of 60 people (mostly kids but including some parents/chaperones and teachers). They were from Kipp: 3-D Academy (Desire, Discipline, Dedication) out of Houston, TX. They were kids who earned this trip by special behavior and hard work. It turns out every one of the kids (and adults!) made it to the top of this 8 mile round-trip hike gaining over 2,000ft in elevation. Way to go! They were traveling around in UT and AZ with trips to the National Parks. This was an incredible group of people we are thankful to have met. Best wishes to each of you! http://kipphouston.org/
Bryce = Breathtaking!
On Sunday we start our 3-day road trip (approx. 1,058 miles), including 2 overnights in Wal-Mart parking lots, to our next destination of Welches, OR (near Mt. Hood). We feel strong (and ready) for our climb and will watch the mountain weather closely to find the best day while we are there (May 21-June 4).
Til next time...Happy Trails!