Zion National Park
In our quest to explore as much as we can of the Pacific Southwest, my wife and I joined some friends at Zion National Park in Southern Utah for a few days. Needless to say, it was an absolutely beautiful place and experience, with great hiking, huge canyons, ridiculous waterfalls, and nice scenic drives.
One of the hikes they are known for (which I didn’t get a chance to do because of the weather) is the Zion Narrows which is unlike any other hike on Earth. You are essentially hiking in knee to hip deep water for half of a day between 1500-foot walls of smooth sandstone rise on each side of you, passing waterfalls, deep green pools, and dark, secret alcoves.
Another interesting thing I found in Southern Utah, besides the random polygamist sighting, was that there was an unusual amount of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and stores, not is not the impression I had of Utah before going there. I also learned that domestic beer in Utah has to legally be under 4%, so major domestic bottlers such as Coors, dedicate 1 day a week to bottle Utah beer because of the different alcohol content.