This past week was Spring Break. Unfortunately Steve had school so the girls and I jumped in the car and spent the week “down south” which always means warmer weather. This week I’ll share some of the fun things we did along the way but for today I’m excited to share our first stop: Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.
1. I’ve heard about Angel’s Landing pretty much my whole life. People have said it’s the hardest and scariest hike in Utah. The girls and I love to hike so we decided we were up for the challenge.
Here we are with my dear friend, Angelyn Bryce, beginning our ascent:
It’s five miles round trip and the first quarter mile is a wonderful trail like this:
Then the terrain suddenly changes and the steepness and switch backs are challenging:
But the views are oh so amazing:
Suddenly you get to what you think is the top and there’s still 1/2 mile left of VERY STEEP–I mean cliffs on both side with dizzying drop offs–where you have to use chains to get to the top. Hmmm–I was scared to death but knew I’d regret if if I didn’t continue to the top. You can see the very narrow path and the row of people climbing to the top:
If you look carefully, you can see a row of people hiking down from the top:
I clung to the chains with all my might and I was so thankful for these chains that really made me free! I took it a step at a time and just concentrating on my footing and my breathing:
The view at the top was a sight to behold:
Another sight to behold was that moment when Sage bumped into her math teacher at the top. Here we are five hours from home at the top of a very high mountain . . . AWKWARD. Sage tried to hide but there was nowhere to go.
A great, challenging hike! My girls are ready to do it again. I’ll probably pass! Most of the above photos were taken with a professional camera by Angelyn but the bottom two were taken with my dear ol’ iPhone.
2. My pal, Jana Eubank, gave me this book to read , so I took it along and couldn’t put it down! It’s one of the most cleverly written books I’ve read. So charming and suspenseful at the same time!
3. Finally, if you ever went to a CKU or CKC, you probably remember the gal in charge–Paula Kraemer. She worked for Creating Keepsakes for years and was a brilliant business woman and a wonderful friend to my family. She unexpectedly died on Friday recovering from a very routine surgery. I’m so sad and am still in shock. Yet–I’m still able to find joy in the journey. Paula just sent me a text the last time I was on HSN wishing me luck and cheering me on. I reread all the wonderful text conversations we’ve had over the past few months and her love, support and the photos and memories will continue in my heart! I am honored to join in the celebration of her life with family members and friends later this week. (Paula is the pretty gal next to me.)
Life is so short! Remember to reach out to those people you love the most before it’s too late.