Thursday, July 24, 2008

Trailrunning in Zion National Park

I have finally returned from what I termed my "Big Trip." Hundreds of experiences have left their mark on me and made a lasting impression. In fact, my life is changed a little bit (for the better, I believe). Here is the first in a series of spectacular places I was able to run. Please don't playa-hate as Christian has threatened me he would. Also, I will not be able to run Speedgoat because of a family emergency I need to attend to.

Zion National Park is located in southern Utah near the town of St. George. I wasn't sure what to expect, applying my new rule of "If they're making it a National Park, it's always worth checking out." What I found was breathtaking. The (warm) Virgin River had carved a masterpiece of a canyon complete with red rock walls as high as the sky and a lush, green river oasis at the bottom. Despite the 107 degree heat, I laced up my sneakers and saw this:

Yes, I ran here.

Serious switchbacks.

I know I'm sexy. You don't have to tell me.

Heaven on earth


David Ray said...

That last shot? Wow.

Addy said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm leaving for our trip (including zion) in exactly a week and can't wait to see those views for myself :)

Addy said...

Do you remember which trail that second picture was of?

Anonymous said...

Its Rockman. Where the hell are you? Everything alright?

drop me an email and let me know what you're up to.


David Ray said...

Whassup? Hope all is well.

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

hiked there after internship. would love to run it.