When We Remembered Zion

BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON, THERE WE SAT DOWN / YE-EAH WE WEPT, WHEN WE REMEMBERED ZION / BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON, THERE WE SAT DOWN / YE-EAH WE WEPT, WHEN WE REMEMBERED ZION…

The alarm striked at 2:45am; the sky has barely went to sleep and somehow I'm supposed to be awake. Me, Eunice, Shelby, and Kassy packed a Prius full of suitcases and pretzels to head to Zion National Park for the weekend.

As we roamed the expansive land, I've never been so in awe of nature's way to catch my eye. I've been around plenty of desert inspired landscapes, even ones with red mountains (Sedona, anyone?). But never have I been so enthralled with the size of this place. I mean seriously, it's HUGE. Zion is impressively massive and even more beautiful than pictures can ever capture. 

My beautiful gal pal, Eunice, showed us ladies around the best spots in Zion: The Narrows and the summit of Angel's Landing. Two of the most geologically impressive landscapes in the world, right beside each other in the same park.

We knew that Zion is known for its lush colors, deep blood-orange mountains tops, and dreamy skies filled with admiration. What we didn't know was how crowded the trails or campsites would be -- a blood thirsty playground with hungry hikers awaiting for a god damned spot to finally open. When us ladies entered the park, we imagined to set up our tent around noon and trek out for hiking -- though it wasn't so. We had to sleep in the Prius in the Visitor Centers' parking lot and hope that our backs wouldn't be hurting the next day for Angel's Landing. What we also didn't know was that sleeping in the park's parking lot was illegal (?!) after a cop banged on our doors telling us to leave.

Safe to say we didn't much sleep that night.

 

The next night, however, we got lucky with Zion Mountain Ranch. I kid you not, this place was straight out of a Nicolas Spark's novel set in the back-country of some lover's getaway. This beautiful 500 acre ranch is set outside just a few miles East of the National Park fulll of farm animals. Buffalo, chickens, roosters, goats, ponies, horses, and more. They even had an old, run-down greenhouse packed with wild weeds and autumnal gords for me to awe at.

God, I loved this place.