by harley mcallister
We took advantage of the free weekend in the National Parks to visit Glacier, the subject of our next guide book. We saw many amazing natural wonders in terms of waterfalls, towering peaks, and Glaciers. But perhaps the most memorable part of this weekend was the fantastic wildlife we saw, beginning with close encounters with Mountain Goats and ending with a close encounter with a Grizzly sow and her cub! That made for a thrilling climax to our quick visit. Now comes the long winter where we put everything we learned from this and many other visits into a book that we can share with others. More to come!
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 4 boys 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.