Adventure Van Travels – Climbing Out of Bryce Canyon
The hike out of Riggs Spring Loop can only be described as spectacular. The views were amazing, the skies were clear and blue, and we hardly saw a soul on the trail. But the hike was also a challenge for sure! The kids all easily powered up the canyon trail, but I took my time, used my hiking poles, and took tons of pictures. They had to wait a bit for me, which honestly was pretty humbling! They are all growing up and definitely getting stronger. It was truly a breathtaking hike in a breathtaking National Park. Once back at the van, we stopped at the Visitor Center to turn in the bear canisters we had borrowed, and then hit the road for Zion National Park- One of my favorite places on earth. The drive in to Zion was amazing and we loved the checkerboard mesa patterns, the huge drive through tunnels and all of the big horn sheep we saw. We are staying at Watchman Campground, which feels somewhat like a village. It has a quirky, hippy vibe with beautiful views of Watchman, clean bathrooms, and plenty of shade trees, which are welcome in the high temps of Zion. Mule deer meander through the sites and all of our neighbors have been friendly. After setting up camp, Sophie and Aubrey headed to Springdale to shower, I headed to the store to pick up dinner, and the rest of the kids took the shuttle to play in the Narrows. It was a fun filled, EXHAUSTING day and we are heading to bed early to be ready to climb Angels Landing in the morning!
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