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| p.1 #1 · Exploring The Zion Narrows |
I've been an avid solo hiker for a long time. Fortunate to live close to and hike/photograph often in some of the most beautiful southwest locations; Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley.
Just this past year, I've explored a bit around Southern Utah trying to hit every season. Having said that, nothing prepared me for the unbelievable beauty of Zion, especially the Narrows hike. 11 miles of hiking mostly upstream in the Virgin River. No trail, just water, sometimes waist high over large slippery boulders.
Early in the hike, on a cold dark morning as the canyon walls narrowed and the hike became almost completely dark, I wondered if I had perhaps taken on too much for a solo hike.
As the first rays of the sunrise finally peaked from directly overhead and bounced off the canyon walls I was motived to keep going by sheer excitement.
These are the moments I live for as a photographer. There is nothing more satisfying than researching and exploring a new destination, hopping in the SUV and being free for days to just wander and enjoy being overwhelmed with the wonders of our amazing landscapes.
I love the surge of adrenalin at the start of a LONG hike. I always ask myself as I take my first step...
"Can I do this?"
Hitting high water and being pushed down and tumbled by the river current. God grant me the serenity ...to be alone here for a few hours was all I asked. A prayer and a promised fulfilled.
I couldn't have asked for a better day. On a new hike, I keep my photographic expectations very very...low but I was so pleasantly surprised.
It's been on my mind ever since I left. To go back...and see Orderville Canyon
Can I do this?
Edited on Sep 02, 2013 at 02:49 PM · View previous versions