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Hiking at The Zion Narrows, one of our favorite hike!

To be honest the hike at the Narrows isn’t our favorite hike at the Zion national park, the Angels landing is but I can assure you that the Narrows is aswell very awesome!

The day before our hike we went to the visitor center to make sure that there was not a Flash Flood Warning. People have died in the narrows beacause of a flash flood caused by a storms kilometers far away! It might not be raining where you are but it might somewhere else.

Once we got the green light, this is optional, we rented each a pair of canyoneering shoes (18$/pair) to help preventing an ankle injury and Neoprene socks (7$/pair) to keep our feet warm. Inspite of the price I was very happy to be walking in the shoes as there was no way you could see what was on the bottom of the river. I remember a few times my feet got stuck between rocks and I was so grateful to have my funny looking shoes on.

Our “walking on the moon” shoes.

Map here: Zion Guru

We started our 16km (ten miles) round trip hike at the Temple of Sinawalast stop of the free Zion canyon shuttleand turned back when we reached the Big falls, the campsite. We were there in late september (2014) and it was crowded but the further you get into the narrows less people it will be because most of them will turn around by the Wall street

As you can see at the map above there are several hikes and you can even go further and for some of them you will need a permit.


It was harder than I expected walking upstream some parts knee to waist hight water, on loose rocks and slippery boulders. Sometime there are potholes but ofcourse you don’t see them until you plunge into one. At some stretch it was a challenge to choose the “right” way to pass. One tips is to look of the people who are walking infront of you…some will fall into a pothole or slip..well then you will know where not to walk.  Another tips is to use a stick! I am still laughing thinking of this guy who put his stuff on his head and walked straight forward and then suddently we saw only his head.


This hike was pure fun and not just an ordinary walk on the mountain that we are so familiar with. And ofcourse the big reason why this slot canyon walk is very popular is the beauty of this place! Everyone should try to hike as far as you can even if it’s not very far because behind every corner you will have a wow-moment!  Just remember that none of my photography makes the Narrows any justice! 

When to go:

The Narrows is normally closed between mid March-late May depending of the level of the water and runoff. The best season to go is between summer and autumn, june-november. If you dare you can do it during winter season, but if you doing it you problably already know about the freezing water.

More great information about hiking the Narrows click Here and Here
So what are you waiting for? Go do this hike!

Why you should love going on a road trip in U.S

Before we flew to U.S in 2014 I was not totally convinced that we made the right choice. For me USA was gangs, violence, barbie girls, highly obese people, drugs, skyscrapers, traffic, greasy food….everywhere. I had a really bad image of U.S.

Yes I am still having this image of USA but not as bad and extreme. After over two month of road trip mostly around Califonia, Utah, Arizona and Colorado I realised that the gangs and the violence are not on every corner of the street. Not everybody are fat or barbie skinny. There are drugs but we were never offered any. There are traffic but mostly in the big cities, like most of the cities all around the world.

Actually, David and I fell quite easily in love with U.S, atleast of what we saw and experiences. We both saw an amazing side of U.S that we did not expected and we both agreed that we can’t wait to get back there!

Here are some of the reason of why WE love doing a road trip in U.S.

The landscape, national parks and monuments. 

We live in Switzerland and we are spoil with beautiful landscape but the one in USA is extraordinary! USA has everything the mother nature has to offer! Just one hour drive away from a huge busy city you can find a stunning landscape and a feeling of calm and harmony!

The nature is the main reason of why we love USA. This endless land is screaming to be explored! And most of it are for free! We have not once been disapointed of a national park we have visited. The visitor center are all great, clean and the staff are always helpful. We can feel that the rangers really care about the the nature. There are tons of FREE, fully equipped camping site around the parks. Use them but please respect the rules too!


The Americans

The Americans are what swiss people are not; open, friendly and very chatty! At first we were quite chocked of how people could come up to you and talk like we were best friends! And then she or he would turn around and totally ignore you like you don’t exist! We got used to it. Americans have a very positiv vibe about everything.  “Aweeesome”, “Beautifuul” or “Amaaazing”, we keep hear they say. We just looove à l’américaine enthousiasme!

The highway

USA is one of the best country to make the ultimate dream road trip not only because of the good roads but aswell of how many wow-moments you will have while driving on one! There are so many great, scenic highways all over the country. One highway that is well known worlwide is the historical route 66 or the pacific coast highway route 1 along the westcoast. My absolut favorite is the route 12 in Utah! Breathtaking!

Get out of the overrated route 66 and you will find the true beauty!

The service

The waiters and the waitress in USA are dependent of tips and they really deserv it! We did not came across any waiter/waitress that showed us how much they hated their job! They were always cheerful and smiling. Every 5 min or so they would come to our table and ask if everything is alright, if we needed a refill..anything. David and I who live in Switzerland (or Europe ) are not use to that kind of service! At first we got annoyed! We even thought that they wanted us to hurry and leave the table for the next client!


The fast food chain restaurants

Living in a country where there are not much choises of fast food chain USA was the food heaven for me. Ok fast food is not healthy but when you are on a road trip you sometimes don’t care! And it is really cheap and the plates are huge coming from someone who eats a lot!

Our favorite chains are :

  1. Bubba gump shrimp CO (from the movie Forest Gump)
  2. Panda express, chinese cuisine.
  3. In-N-out burger
  4. Taco Bell


The viewpoints/overlook

The Americans love the viewpoints! And so do we! Don’t get me wrong, I love to walk but sometimes you are just to lazy to walk some km to have the best view so we appreciate alot those viewpoints where you can just parc the car, step out of the car, walk 2 meters and there you have the view!





Fiery Furnace ranger hike, Arches NP

In 2014 when we were in Arches national park we meet a couple who recommended us to do a guided hike with a ranger at the Fiery Furnace, an area where there are red rocks formation looking like burning flames.

Normally we don’t like guided hikes as we like to walk in our own pace but when we saw these rocks formation we were convinced and decided to reserv at the Arches visitor center two spot for the next morning. As we thought the tour was fully booked but our names were put on the top of the waiting list if someone would cancel at the last minute.

The next morning we drove to the visitor center and got the good news that two person have cancelled the morning tour! How lucky! Usually people need to book months in advance to get a spot on the tour.

At the meeting point we were around fifteen people plus the lady ranger. Some were looking fit and some didn’t. We had three kids in the group aswell. We introduce breifly to each other and the ranger explained to us the safety procedures. And then off we go.

Our ranger guided us through the flames made by rocks. Beautiful! 

I liked our ranger instantly because she was so lovely. She was aswell very informative and explained things in a way that capture my attention. I could feel that she really loves her job. We learned alot about the plants and the creatures in the park.

Our cute ranger sitting under “the hidden arch” explaning how fragile the nature is. I would like to be a ranger when I grow up!

One of the interesting thing we learned was about these prehistoric brine shrimp living in the potholes. The eggs can survive under extreme heat or cold temperature condition. Now I make it sound so boring but our ranger was so passionted about it and made it so interesting! Haha

Can you see the shrimp?

The beauty of this place really took our breath away ! We have heard that this place is even more magical by the sunset as if the flames really would come into life. I can imagine !

We are experienced hikers so this three hours long hike was not difficult for us so we were just having fun and enjoying the surrounding. For some people this hike might be difficult as you have to climb and jump sometimes but we were helping each other and nobody was ever left behind. Even the kids managed fine with some help. 

Don’t miss this out while out here at the Arches NP.

For more detailed information about the tour please click here and here

Stones that are shaped like mushrooms

David needs a hug!

On our road trip in USA in 2014 David and I got to see incredible natural wonders we did not know existed! The Hoodoos were one of the unknown things for us. So what are they…hoodoos? The hoodoos are rocks that are strangely shaped like mushrooms! 

They are cute right?

These hoodoos we have seen are called the Toadstool Hoodoos and can easily be found on highway 89 between Kanab and Page just west of Big Water near Cottonwood Canyon Road. From the small parking starts the easy hike to the Toadstools. The hike is 2.5km/1.5 miles round trip. If only we were not lazy that day we would have seen other kind of Hoodoos not faraway by taking the Wahweap Hoodos trail that is 15 km/ 9 miles round trip. 

The beautiful surrounding! 

One thing afterwards I really regret is not have visited this place on late afternoon because it has to be even more magical with the warm colors! Imagine it!

So next time  (I promise your there will be a next time) we will visit this place by sunset and do the Wahweap trail!

Here is an illustration of how these rock formation got created. I just love mother nature!https://letslearngeology.wordpress.com/pedunculado/