Weekend in Zion

Alex and I have this cute little “napkin list”of things we want to do this year. What in the world is a napkin list you may ask? Well, it’s a bucket list…that we wrote on a napkin one night at dinner…. therefore, our napkin list. Anyways, on said napkin list  we put a big fat CHECK next to Zion National Park last weekend! We packed up the car on Friday and road tripped the sevenish hours through California, Nevada, Arizona and finally to our destination, Utah. Weekends like this are what I live for, this is really what life is all about. We work and hustle and get through our weeks not to sit on our couches and catch up on our shows when the weekend comes around but to LIVE. I feel so alive when I’m out on the road with Alex, seeing the world and exploring together. Weekends like this refresh my soul and give me perspective on things that really matter. Scroll along and I’ll share a bit of our adventure with you..

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Mad props to Alex for finding the most charming Airbnb of all time! We stayed in Hurricane, Utah (about 20 minutes from Zion) at this old historic house. We shared it with other travelers and had a great time getting to know the other people in our house and hearing their stories (more on that later).

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We arrived in the evening and enjoyed a lovely dinner of grocery store chicken 😉 random food from the deli and most importantly WINE. When your house has a beautiful porch and the weather is perfect, there is no need for a restaurant.

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The first morning was our favorite. We woke up EARLY to try and beat the rush to the park and start our hike before it got too busy. If you know anything about us though you know we can’t function without coffee. Thankfully there was an INCREDIBLE coffee shop on the way with a gorgeous view, delicious food and strong coffee. We stopped there every morning the rest of the weekend. If you ever go, their corn quiche is amazing!

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Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato MinnesotaZion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato MinnesotaZion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

Angels Landing is a notorious hike at Zion National Park. Alex and I had heard about it before going and did no research because well, we never do research. (we’re type B, go with the flow kind of people through and through) All I knew was people have died doing it, it’s scary, if you’re afraid of heights don’t even think about it and there are chains along the way to keep you from falling 1,000 ft. Naturally, we were intrigued. I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty confident starting the hike (before you get to the scary part) I mean I went skydiving this year sooo I figured I could do anything and I really wanted to feel that rush again (Uh oh Mom, I’m going to turn into an adrenaline junkie!!) When we finally arrived at Scouts Landing and saw the narrow spine leading up to the the final destination, I lost all my confidence and was terrified! The trail follows the narrow spine to the final viewpoint roughly 1500 feet above the canyon floor… my legs were shaking involuntarily, my heart was racing, my palms were sweaty. We sat at the base for about 15 minutes while I stared up at the ridge trying to talk myself into it. I focused on the end, on how good I would feel when it was over and I could say ” I did it!!” and I’m beyond glad I sucked it up and conquered my fear! I was pretty terrified but it felt equally amazing to sit on top of the world and soak in the view from the top.

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I had to take a selfie before we started in case it was our last…

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We made it!

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THAT VIEW!!

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You can’t exactly take your camera out on this part of the hike, some people strap GoPros to themselves to keep their hands free (you tube it!) but I had to try and get a photo to show the chains. This was a relatively mild spot but still, you get the idea.

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This postcard is awesome and shows the hike so well! You start on the other side of the canyon and hike up and around to these awesome cut backs and up to Angels Landing.

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The rest of the day was spent far less life threatening.

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Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

^Photo Cred: Alex Lenar, thanks girl!

Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

As I said before, we shared our Airbnb with other travelers and we had the best time hanging out with and getting to know these two awesome explorers! Hi Alex and Ally! They are so incredibly sweet, fun and have such an adventurous spirit! They really made our trip memorable!

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On Sunday we went to the northwest section of the park called Kolob Canyons. It was a much different terrain than the main canyon and much more secluded.

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Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

I absolutely loved this view. I could see for miles and miles and felt so small compared to God’s incredible Creation.

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Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

I really wanted to catch a sunset while we were there but unfortunately the clouds took over. We went out anyways and had such a fun evening! Clouds create such a moody atmosphere. There was NOBODY in sight and we had this entire view to ourselves. It was just breathtaking. And Alex wanted to brush up on his photography skills…

Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

My trusty traveling camera. The Canon 6D is a great camera for our adventures!

Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

Our last morning we woke up even earlier to get to the top of a hike before the sun rose. The air is magical in the morning and everything is peaceful and quite.

Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota
Zion National Park | San Diego Photography, Engagement, Couples, Love Photography San Diego California, Mankato Minnesota

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.- Hebrews 3:4

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