April 2, 2011

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By Nathan

This weekend Katharine and I are headed to Zion National Park so in preparation two weeks ago we hiked to Devil’s Chair located just South of Palmdale.  Devil’s Punchbowl and Devil’s Chair sit right on a fault line which creates some unusual terrain.  Considering we are about to leave for Zion this morning I’ll make this entry quick.

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We loaded our backpacks with 20 pounds of water which is light compared to the 30- 40 pounds we’ll be carrying this week.  The hike was a nice 7 mile round trip with a slight incline, and the trails were well maintained in most areas.

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One surprise we did get was snow!  We did plan for rain so we had our rain jackets but we just got above snow level at the end of the trail and found ourselves in a snow storm.  The wind was blowing the snow horizontal and gave a hazy look to the landscape.

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The real photos started when the sun started to peek out as it set and the rocks jetting out of the ground contrasted with the stormy skies.

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I took this photo but Katharine and her point and shoot get the credit for many of the landscape photos.  Her Olympus Tough camera is better dealing with the extreme snow and low light than my Canon.  I was constantly cleaning the lens from being pelted with snow flakes.

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We are falling behind with our blog entries becasuse of our busy lives but hopefully when we get back from vacation we can catch up on wedding planning, photography, and of course the overwhelming amount of photos and stories from Zion.

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