Friday, November 30, 2012

Zion National Park ~ Narrows and Condors

I had an amazing trip with my two girlfriends in late November in Zion National Park.  I have always wanted to go to Zion and it seemed like a dream trip.  We did the Narrows 'hike' on the first day and Angel's Landing the next day.  Here are just a few pictures...

Water was nearly up to our waist in places but we didn't really feel the cold.
Holly and Shel entering the narrows.

I was nervous about being down in the canyon all day because I'm claustrophobic, but it was so beautiful and surreal I didn't even think about my fear.

Early morning view on the Angel's Landing trail.

An unexpected surprise on our Angel's Landing hike was seeing a pair of endangered California condors.  They were catching thermals from the early morning sun on the cliffs -- and they soared just below us and right above us several times.  They were so close in fact that we could see the radio transmitter on one of them and read the band on its leg.  One of the condors is perched on the cliff above and behind me to the right, just a black dot in this photo.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, something I'll never forget!