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North Creek in high water | Zion National Park


I’m back at last!! Yes, yes, my Southwest trip was 10 days long, and I’ve been offline for a month. I literally haven’t had a moment to step back and breathe for the last few weeks – I felt horrible having to detach myself from the flickr world for so long, but I had no choice. It wasn’t until yesterday that I had the chance to start going through my photos, which were already several weeks old. I’ve started a new crazy quarter of college and spent just about every living minute of the first two weeks coordinating overnight stay programs for prospective students. After our program, many of them have decided to attend UCLA next year, so I guess that means we’re doing something right. :) That said, my real apologies for being off the grid for so long – I’m hoping things are beginning to return to normal now.


Now, about the photo and the trip…6 national parks, a handful of state parks, a Canyonlands backpacking excursion, a bunch of slot canyons, 111 miles hiked, hiked a trail marathon (26.2 miles in one day), barely outdrove a Grand Canyon blizzard to catch a sunset through it, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back in a day, saw a sunset from Angel’s Landing and came down in the dark, and so much more…it was a crazy whirlwind tour but definitely one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken.


Normally, some of Zion's slot canyons are closed this time of year. 2012, however, has been fairly light in terms of snow, and Zion’s creeks and rivers were flowing just below the threshold, above which they are closed to the public. This means that the would-be-easy Subway hike had become a bunch of creek bouldering that only a small handful of people each day were attempting. I set out trying to avoid the 42-degree water but ended up spending about half my hike in it.


I saw such different things from most Subway hikers – the famous “crack” was hardly discernible, there were no pools in the slot canyon, and the waterfalls were blasting…but oh, it was so worth it!


I’ll be by all your streams as soon as I can – if you added me as a contact in the past few weeks or were just wondering where the heck I was, hopefully a slew of Southwest images will help you forgive me! Comments and suggestions are always very welcome.


(Explored #13, 4.18.2012)


- Jeff




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Taken on March 31, 2012