Adventures/Travel, Out West

Cross Country Journal Day Seven: Zion National Park

We rose early in the morning for our Rock Climbing Adventure.

Our family had booked a half day tour to experience some rock climbing outside of the gym. This idea was inspired by two trips to our local Triangle Rock Club Homeschool Days. My kids loved rock climbing so much that we decided to make it part of our Zion experience.

It was a fantastic adventure.

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We attempted three very different climbs.

The first was more vertical, but not too high. IMGP2365-001It presented a good starting challenge to get used to the experience of climbing without positive hand holds. It’s a very different type of climbing.

Most of us made it to the top of this first one.

Meanwhile, a line was set up around the corner for a flat rock climb that had no foot or hand holds. It was a game of learning to put weight on the balls of your feet and balancing.

IMG_7199-001Of course, if you scrambled to the left a bit, you had more of a horizontalscramble for some of the rock and it was easier.

All three of the gals made it up the hard way. Go ladies!

The final climb was our most challenging. It was about 60 feet high if you made it to the top.

IMG_7242-001The start required some acrobatics, using both walls.

Once you exited the beginning slot, it was a steep climb straight up from there. Again, there weren’t a ton of positive hand holds, but that was part of the problem solving.

Once again, all three ladies made it to the very top!


The boys stuck with reaching the top of the entrance slot, which was quite challenging on its own.


We headed home for lunch in our room and a well deserved nap. Everyone, other than David, took a nice long nap.

Upon waking, we gathered up our energy, packed our bags, and headed into Zion National Park for some exploring.

We took the tram to the last stop and hiked the Riverside path to the entrance of “The Narrows”. As much as we wanted to hike the Narrows, we were beat from our rock climbing adventure, so we explored about 1/4 mile of the hike.

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This hike will be the adventure that we can tackle on our next trip to Zion.  We loved hiking the river!

Next, we boarded the tram and took in  the scenery at certain stops. This one included a 360 degree view of canyon walls surrounding you.


Finally, we hiked to Weeping Rock and enjoyed the view.


It was time to catch the tram back to our van.

The kids were dying to play in the river with their tubes again. Of course, it was after 8 PM by the time we got back and we still needed dinner.

We let them squeeze in some time while I got dinner together.  After some pizza and salad, we all crashed!

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  • Reply Erin Gray March 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I heard you on the Brave Writer podcast speaking so highly of Zion, and came here to read about your travels. We just returned from a seven week southwestern road trip with my four children and we had a similar magical time at Zion. What a beautiful spot!

    • Reply April 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Seven weeks would be amazing!! WOW!

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