Saturday, April 14, 2012

Angel's Landing with Mom

I have the coolest mother-in-law who I refer to as Mom...cause I love her like my Mom...anyway,

She likes to hike and backpack and, well, she likes to do all the manly stuff that I like to do.  So she officially gets a spot on the manly stuff blog!  A long time ago we went to Zion National Park as a family and Mom and I hiked Angels Landing together. 

"The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system. Zion's pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. Rarely is such an intimidating path so frequented by hikers. One would think that this narrow ridge with deep chasms on each of its flanks would allure only the most intrepid of hikers. Climbers scale its big wall; hikers pull themselves up by chains and sightseers stand in awe at its stunning nobility. The towering monolith is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Southwest."

The Organ and the Virgin River.

I didn't start taking pictures until we got to the top, so I will describe the hike from the top down...

Me taking a picture of Mom taking a picture of the thing we would like to have in picture form so that others can see the picture in picture form.  View is north.  For you geology people, the slopey stuff at the bottom of the valley is the Kayenta Formation and, maybe, the Moenave Formation.  The giant cliffs are the Navajo Sandstone.  In the distance you can see the Temple Cap Formation above the Navajo, and a teeny bit of Carmel Formation at the very top.

View South
Mom "Look where I am!, It's not Texas!"  I actually don't remember what she was saying...but if she wasn't saying it, she was thinking it!  Actually, I am not even sure she was in Texas yet.  Oh well, maybe her spirit was saying it because it could feel the imminent move.  Mom? 

The Landing?
Me and Mom, and I think she is doing "the Happy Dance" here too.
That critter is definitely not afraid of heights.

Okay, so we will now make our descent to the valley below...with the aid of chains.

Good view of the other end of the fin and Scout Lookout.
By the way, up is easier than down.

After the fin, you go down this series of switchbacks called Walter's Wiggles.  They descend into Refrigerator Canyon.

And, finally, Refrigerator Canyon.

Thanks Mom for a wonderful hike!


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  2. Thanks, Stephen! Yes, I was happy dancing all the way, for I had moved to the State-Which-Shall-Not-be-Named at the time. It was a joy to be with someone who loved every minute of it, AND ran half the way down (but not down the fin) You should post the movie of you do the wiggle down The Wiggles.
    Mom Garney