In February of this year the National Park Service launched a new app that may just put authors like ourselves out of business! While you might wonder how I can write that with an exclamation mark, you have to understand that our main goal is getting people into the parks and this app just makes that so much easier. That's a good thing!
The new parks service app can be found in your app store for Android and Apple. It's symbol is the basic arrowhead of the park service and just says "National Park Service." It has a ton of goodies perfect for planning your next visit. I'm most excited about the offline trail features as I'm always afraid I'm going to get lost and getting all my park information in one spot. In the past if was difficult to get maps and info directly from the park service but that is a thing of the past. We are linking to an article that has a good review so you can see what others are saying too. I've already downloaded mine and am the planning has begun! First stop-Utah parks in April.
We begin...by looking back
Well, here we are...at the start of the blog. Seems like a momentous moment. Words fail...wait, that's bad! Our purpose is written up on the side bar so we are just going to jump right in. We are starting off this blog by looking back. We are going to do a series that looks back at one single moment from each of the parks in Utah that we cover in our guide book-our most memorable moment. Not only are Harley and I going to share (which we do a lot) but we are dragging our kids into this one with us. For each park one of them will be writing up their favorite or most memorable moment. We hope you will enjoy reading these but even more, we hope they inspire you to head out on your own national park adventure!
Zion National Park
The most memorable part of Zion NP for me has to have been the hike to Hidden Canyon. This particular hike took us along a cliff wall. The trail was carved out of the rock or sometimes followed a narrow ledge. In some places chains had been drilled into the rock wall for you to hold on to, so you wouldn’t fall down the few-hundred-foot drop. I remember looking down and being glad of the chains. It made me feel like I was in a movie or something, hiking along that precipice. At the top of the mountain, the end of the path, there was a ravine with boulders that you could scramble over and around. We spent hours jumping over and crawling under the boulders. I also loved the view from the top. You could see all the way back to the trailhead, and see all of the people, as small as pinheads along the trail. It really let you see how far you had come. Going down was fun too because I didn’t have to work as hard as I had coming up.
Next up...Canyonlands National Park!
We, Harley and Abby, are the parents of 7 boys and 1 girl whom we regularly drag into any and every national park we come near to. We love our parks and know that the only chance we have of keeping and maintaining this priceless resource is to give our children a love of them too.