April 9, 2011

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By Katharine

Before we go through all our photos carefully and write a detailed trip report for our week in Zion National Park, we thought we’d post a few photos that represent each day. Consider it a ‘teaser’ of the posts to come!

For our first full day in the park, we backpacked up the backside of the East Rim of Zion canyon.

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On Monday we did a long day hike from our backpack camp to Deertrap Mountain, getting our first view of the stunning main canyon.

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The next day we backpacked down and across Echo canyon and then descended 2000 feet into Zion canyon.

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On Wednesday we hiked to the top of Angel’s Landing, traversing the backbone with shear cliffs on either side.

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Thursday we explored Hidden Canyon in the rain.

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Friday morning we awoke to snow falling on our tent and the surrounding sandstone cliffs.

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Just before leaving the park, we came across a small herd of bighorn sheep and Nathan got to practice his wildlife photography.

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This is just a sampling of what we got to do in Zion. The weather didn’t fully cooperate – the Zion Narrows was closed due to high flow rate of the Virgin River – but we still had an amazing time and saw some spectacular scenery. It was a perfect break from work, school, and wedding planning. Now we just have to unpack all the wet gear, finish a take-home midterm, and catch up on some wedding items.