So this month was Portia’s Birthday, and our second anniversary! 😀 Pretty awesome. For our anniversary, I got a whole bunch of maps! I’m very excited about them. And Portia got a new fancy journal/notebook thing, and a new bathing suit. We had the day off so we went out to dinner and had a lovely time. We didn’t take any pictures… just strolled and enjoyed ourselves.
On her birthday a whole bunch of the staff came with us and we celebrated at Zion Pizza and Noodle Company in Springdale. It was rip-roaring raucous of a party!
Just north of Kanab there are some really cool looking caves that can be seen from the road. We heard they were fun, so we hiked up to them! It only took about 20 minutes to do all the walking and exploring, but it was a really cool spot.
We only had our phones with us, so you get phone pictures in this one. 🙂
My parents were out here for the weekend, and before they left we went into the park to see some petroglyphs! They’re really neat, and easy to get to. I think the park is trying to keep traffic low in the area (Petroglyph Canyon) so I’m not going to give nice directions on how to get there, but if you’re ever down here to visit I’d love to hike to them with you!
The main attractions at ZNP mostly have to do with awesome sandstone formations–it’s easy to understand why, the park is really a spectacular place. Many people overlook the fact that many native americans inhabited the canyon through time. They left a few petroglyphs behind for us to wonder at, and some cliff dwellings (we’ll post about those just as soon as we find them).
They sure don’t look very true to real life, but you can’t stop yourself from staring at them. It’s so interesting and fun to try to figure out why someone took the time to carve such interesting things into the rock. Portia took some great pictures of the rock art. 🙂
At the mouth of Petroglyph Canyon is a really neat bridge, built in the 1920’s. People drive over it all the time, but never see the great stonework. I liked it a lot, so I took some pictures.
We have been having so much fun here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch! We work hard, play hard, sleep hard…. every day is busy and fun. Niether Portia or I have posted much on here, but there are plenty of stories to be told, so we’ll get caught up!
Today I’m going to write about a little canyoneering adventure I had on one of my days off. Fat Man’s Misery is a pretty little canyon that is actually outside of Zion National Park, although the hike starts inside the park next to Checkerboard Mesa.
Many people will tell you it is called Fat Man’s Misery because of the long (LONG) hike to get to and from it. This actually isn’t true, it is called Fat Man’s Misery for a very narrow section that used to be in the canyon. This narrow section of the canyon has changed as water has changed the features of the canyon. It is still a beautiful canyon, and the long hike back to my car made me feel like a fat, miserable man, so the name is still appropriate.
A funny side note to this post… My friend Chad had done this canyon a couple weeks earlier, and as he had no problems, I felt comfortable doing the canyon. As you exit Fat Man’s Misery, you hit the East Fork of the Virgin River, and it is important to know the level of the river. I checked the level of the river online, and found that it was the same as when Chad had done it, so I figured it would be fine.
When I got to the river however, it seemed a little high, but Chad had done it, so I’d be fine. Right? Right. I waded in, and the water was usually just waist deep, although there were several places where I couldn’t touch the bottom, and the current would pick me up and carry me along. I safely made my way about a half mile down-canyon and hiked back to the car.
When I talked to Chad, I found out that when he did it, he thought the water was too high and so opted for a different exit from the canyon. My lesson from this trip: always ask for details!!
Erik left this morning to go do a canyon, first one of the season 🙂
He went to a place called ‘Fat man’s misery’. It’s called that because part of it used to be REALLY narrow, but then a big flash flood came in and washed part of the rock away (not sure how many years ago). Actually the area he is going to reminds me a lot of the place that Aron Rolston went, anyone seen 127 hours? That guy. (Erik isn’t back yet to give me some photo’s of the area, but here is part of the area you hike threw).
We had our first day off on Friday, it was so nice!
We hung up a hammock:
Charlie made a new friend 🙂
All in all things have been going really well. Hope you all are having a beautiful Sunday!
*Sending positive vibes to all of you*