RoseHiker Part 1

It's ok, hold the press, I am back.  Did I miss anything!?

From my brief reintroduction into the world of media and internet, it appears that I missed relay recaps, announcements of people getting accepted onto Nuun relay teams, and other realllly important stuff of that sort.

Well.  I'm not sure how to jump back into blogging at the moment.  It feels....awkward....I truly had the ADVENTURE of my life these past 8 days and I don't know how to readjust to the mundane life of sleep-run-work-eat-repeat.  I am literally salivating at the idea of moving out of California and figuring out how to make a living at/near a national park.  I had these kind of thoughts when I last visited the Grand Canyon 1.5 years ago, but now it's hitting me more intensely.  I do not want to entertain a life of more days in an office than outside.  I must be outside!!! I need to hike, and run, and skip, and climb, and swim, and bike, and camp, and lay, and sit on rocks.

I know we all feel this way at times, and the convenience of close family/friends and the big city life keeps drawing me back in.  But if I may, I would like to recap some of my adventure here.  I mean it when I say that these next few posts are for "myself" -- I want to remember the story behind the photographs here, despite the fact that they may bore an audience that is here to read about running.   Consider this blog RoseHiker for the week.


Day 0: run in the morning in Oakland, 18 miles.
Day 1: hike 10 miles; various shorter trails.
Day 2: hike 14 miles; Angels Landing, Observation Point.
Day 3: run 7 miles, hike 9-11 miles; West Rim trail.
Day 4: hike/climb 10 miles; Subway canyon route.
Day 5:  hike 10+ miles; Fairyland trail in Bryce Canyon.
Day 6: run 13 miles, hike 3 miles.
Day 7: swim and walk in Vegas.

Day 0 was travel day.  We rented a Nissan Versa from the Las Vegas airport and were off to Zion National Park.

A+ passenger in my cheap Forever 21 sunglasses from 2008.
Day 1: We slowly began immersing ourselves into Zion: talked to a few rangers, took the shuttle tour (no driving allowed in the park except in the winter), and went on several shorter hikes including Emerald Pools, Grotto to the lodge, Riverside walk, etc.

We were there in the 2-week moth nesting season...there were literally hundreds of thousands of caterpillars.  You could not walk in certain areas without stepping on a few with every step.   They would fall from the trees onto your hair/hat or into your food...

Entering the empty park

Suited up for the 90+ degree weather

The shuttle ride takes you about 9 miles up the canyon, with a recorded voice tour that says stuff like "indians wuz here, this river is crazy and will wash out the roads, and don't hike at this trail unless you are cool with possibly dying"

This shuttle-stop included a very short walk to an overlook of this "Court of the Patriarchs."  It becomes quickly apparent in Zion that everything is named after something relating to religion.  A little heavy handed.

The Garmin is in the picture only because it is such a flattering accessory.  I ended up using it on 0 hikes, although I tried to use it on a canyon hike that you will read about later.

The reflection in my eyeglasses is the happy view I was staring at
Next stop was a short hike, infested with children that I frog-leaped over, to a couple pools and a waterfall.

We found out pretty quickly that the Narrows hike (which we had HIGHLY anticipated) was closed due to high waters.  This happens very few weeks of the year.  We begged various rangers to give us some sort of hint or sign that we could hike it at our own risk, or that it might open later in the week.  It never opened, but we got ourselves a canyon hike in a river, no worries.  Later post.


The narrowing walls where the river hike begins

the Gentleman skipping rocks on the Virgin river  
The crowds were very slim this whole week -- and it was National Park Week which meant all the parks were free!  April is a fantastic time to hit these places.

The Gentleman found a real artistic opportunity to photograph me with this abandoned purse
Deeply pondering why the Gentleman was crouched down for this shot.  Turns out there was a cool monolith behind me or something.

I don't want to stretch this out into a long series of posts, but I'm tired and have to get prepared for a work-week so only one day will be summed up here.  The rest of the trip will hopefully be mushed into only one or two more posts.  For a sneak preview of what is to come...

I may have hiked a canyon in an astronaut suit.

Fill me in! Did anyone race while I was away? 
Any suggestions for how I can make a living in Springdale, Utah? (this is the entrance to Zion National Park).