On our first hike at Red Rock Canyon,Dirt Man had some cramping in his calves. He trudged through anyway. The next few days, the pain got progressively worse. We wound up at the ER, mostly for peace of mind to rule out blood clot or torn ligament. Anyway, much to his disappointment, we had to cancel our hike to The Subway and to Angels Landing. I really wanted to do The Subway but was nervous about Angels Landing. (After I saw Angels Landing, I was totally freaked out! Sorry that Dirt Man was hurt but thanking God that I wasn’t doing that hike!) We ended up squeesing in a lot of mini hikes and some excursions that Dirt Man eally shouldn’t have chanced with an injured calf…yes, he ditched his crutches and headed into the mountains! At the entrance to The Subway there were three emergency ranger vehicles and an emergency transport. Apparently, they had to go in and rescue someone. After leaving this area and exploring up Zion for four hours, we passed back by to see they were just coming out with someone….glad it wasn’t us they were rescuing! I must say that even though I had trained for six weeks, I was no where in any shape physically or mentally to do Angels Landing. (I’ll get back to that on a leter post.)
It is amazing how nature has weathered and shaped these mountains forming arches, grooves, ridges, steeples, stove pipes, and beehives. Some places are smooth rounded and others are rough and squared. The appearance from a distance is really nothing like it looks close up. I was quite intimidated by the size! I am afraid of heights. Yes, I realize that I walked a ledge of a mountain at Red Rock Canyon, but it didn’t seem nearly this large though it probably is. Everything appears to be straight up and down, but it isn’t. Also, I did not stand at the bottom and look up and freak out. I gradually maneuvered my way into the canyon and was on the mountain before I knew it. I suppose if I just stopped thinking about the magnitude of it and started hiking, I’d be fine. You’ll see later that I climbed much larger ones because I didn’t let myself become intimidated. It really is mind over matter.
That sign does say “five” miles per hour. And yes, it did curve just like a u-turn going up the mountain! I thought it was really cool that the road through Zion is paved red. I don’t know if that is the type of rock used or if it is painted.
I thought this was really cool that these rocks/boulders had fallen together and created an arch. Later on our trip we saw some real arches that formed in the mountain sides.
This photo shows a lot of the details of the weathering formations, the holes, knobs, and stacks.
Do you see the faces on the side of this mountain? I swear I could see them everywhere I looked. It was as if they were screaming at me to stay away!