No, I am not talking about another planet, although a planet called Zion sounds like a place I would totally go to. Zion is Utah’s oldest National Park and, when I’ve been told to talk about personal experiences, that was definitely one that occurred to me as worth sharing. Not just because everything is so beautiful there, but because of the way that place made me feel… ABSOLUTELY FREE.
It was just me, three good friends (two Cirque du Soleil artists and one killer photographer), lots of food and a couple cases of beer. The camp site have everything to keep you comfortable: hot showers, clean bathrooms, drinking fountains and you can even blow-dry your hair to look amazing to all of the other campers up there.
We would spend our days doing the trails (and some of them are absolutely amazing!) and our evenings hanging out by the bonfire, meeting other people, eating and having a well deserved beer after all that hiking. Getting to the top of a mountain makes your problems look so insignificant that there is no way you cannot disconnect from them while there. It’s an easy place to feel 100 percent present, here and now.
We took these pictures on top of a trail called “Angel’s Landing”[my favorite] and it seems that they [the angels] really have landed somewhere in my heart, because it’s a moment I cherish as sacred and unforgettable. So grab your best friends and GO! Life is only one and if we always keep waiting for the perfect timing, we might see it pass us by.
All pictures by Angela Weiss.
Directions to Zion National Park
From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion’s East entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the East park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the South entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.