This was my first time in Zion and it was stunning. The Narrows is a narrow (go figure) canyon with a winding river inside, flanked by the deep red rock Utah is famous for mixed with green shrubbery and waterfalls and pure beauty. The whole hike is about 16 miles (I think), but we couldn't get permits so we did 10.
Since it was less than a week after I ran a marathon, I was a-okay with that choice.
We started at around 6:30 a.m. to beat the crowd and, though it was cold, we're glad we did. We had the canyon almost entirely to ourselves the 5 miles in. We were able to explore and enjoy the exquisite nature without people messin' with our vibes.
But hiking for hours without sun in cold river water can certainly chill your core temperature. My mom, who is a fitness champion and probably has the body fat percentage of The Rock, nearly got hypothermia but was able to recover thanks to a kind backpacker who literally gave her his sweatshirt from off his back.
There were also times when the water was super deep—like chest or neck deep—and we had to swim in it to press on. Lots of laughs, bruises and goose bumps.
Needless to say, we were delighted when we finally found some sun, as pictured below. We basked in it for a while and ate our lunch. And a few of us dunked ourselves in the nippy water just for fun.
As you can tell, we really loved putting our hiking sticks up in the air.
On the way back, we were actually glad for the cold water, because the air temp was rising well past 100.
We spent the rest of the day devouring food and playing games at the camp site.
This summer has been so fun. I love my fun, fit family.