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Hiking The Subway, Zion National Park

Somehow (we're still not sure how!) we managed to score permits to hike The Subway in Zion. We could only get 2 permits, so Allen and I got lucky! It was a long, steep, strenuous hike, but worth it.  They said to walk right in the water, but we declined. We thought we'd take the dry route.  We quickly realized the water was the way to go. Much easier! And cooler. It was refreshing on this hot day.  There it is!  Allen was looking jealously at the hikers coming from the top, instead of the bottom, like us. You had to rappel down. Of course he braved the chest high water to explore. I was too tired! Yes, I missed out!  Such a pretty place.  Then we had to hike all the way back.  And alllllll the way back up! Holy cow. That's where we went!  But yes, totally worth it.

Boondocking, shooting range, Zion

We wanted to move a little closer to Zion National Park, and we found a glorious boondocking site near Mt. Carmel Junction. Free camping and great wifi signal, that's all we need! We LOVE camping away from the campgrounds for a change. We circled the wagons and had the perfect setup with a shared front yard with tables. These guys showed up to do a trail ride. The kids loved petting the horses!  A super cool bonus was an incredible (and free!) shooting range nearby. We had some fun!! We learned not to ever, ever mess with Tiana! She's a great shot!  It was set up so well with shooting lanes, tables, and a beautiful, remote setting.  Allen and I took a quick trip into Zion to pick up our permits for the Subway hike. We somehow scored two permits online for the next day!

Grand Canyon, North Rim

We visited the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2011 and in the winter of 2012 , both gorgeous of course! This time we visited the North Rim in the spring of 2016 and it was so nice! It wasn't near as crowded and we could drive and park everywhere. It was smaller, more compact, but with similar incredible views. It was a great day trip from Kanab. It took about two hours and we had plenty of time to explore. Yes, Allen simply has to do it.  Panoramas... Lots of bison on the way in and out of the park.