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We've spent the last 3 years living just a short drive from Zion National Park.  Before we embarked out of Utah on our grand adventure, it seemed only fitting that we spend our last bit of time in Zion.  We've had many a one-day and two-day adventure in Zion, but due to working schedule restrictions, were never able to spend much longer there.  This time we were able to spend an amazing 11 days camping, hiking, climbing, laughing, playing and experiencing Zion. See more

When I was younger, I developed a theory about weeding:  I felt that if you were bad enough to go to hell, the devil and his little helpers would simply make you pull weeds all day every day for the rest of eternity.  Yes, I hated weeding that bad.  Things have changed... but first, a little info about our current locale:
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Witness the 4 fiercest competitors in Campground Caber Tossing battle for first place at the illustrious Zion Nationals in Zion National Park, Utah.

Perhaps one of the coolest places we visited in Moab was Looking Glass Rock.  Not only is Looking Glass an amazing piece of rock formation, it's also a blast to play on!  The experience at Looking Glass comes in three parts:  climb, rappel and swing.  Here's how it works:

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As Josh takes pictures at Fisher Towers, I find a flat rock by an old Juniper tree at the edge of the gravel parking lot. Sitting and staring into the abyss of towering cliffs, I begin to study the tree. The thought arises that a tree will stay in one spot on this world for it's entire growing existence and appear to be completely content with this. Could I survive life in this manner?

Then a profound thought arose; I am living a life of the tree. Trees will explore their surroundings for life-giving nutrients and will root where they need to be. My travels are just laying my roots and I will go as far as I need to find growth.

I became one with the tree.

Every year, millions of people flock to the Grand Canyon to wander the rim and stare into it's seemingly endless abyss.  We like to think that we were just a bit luckier than those people.  Thanks to our good friends Garrett and Renata Slack and the folks at Papillion Helicopter Tours, we were able to fly though the Canyon.
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Are you planning a trip to Zion but don't want to break the bank on accommodations? There are several options for doing it cheap or free. Mosquito Cove was the popular favorite until it was washed out and closed due to flooding in 2010. A few of the cheap/free sites that remain are: Watchman campground at the mouth of Zion for $16/night, the Coal Pits Wash Trailhead (we've seen many people camped for free here but aren't sure of the legitimacy), a free camping area known as Sandy Flats (sits in the BLM portion of Kolob Terrace) and our new favorite: The "Use By Donation Campground". See more
Since we have the freedom to do what we want... we decided to change our plans just a bit.  We were going to spend the last 2 weeks of our time in Southern Utah in Zion National Park, but instead decided to head to Prophesy Wall for some climbing and camping.  Instead of blabbering on and on in this blog post about what climbing at Prophesy was like, we'll just show you what it was like in a video (We got cool new GoPro® HD Helmet HERO™ Camera and had to test it out).  See more
We've volunteered to be victims in a high angle rescue course this weekend (that post will come later).  Well, after meeting our friend and course instructor Kevan Jorgensen to learn what we'd be doing as victims, he suggested we head up to Kolob for some real fun.  We gladly accepted.

We'd never been up Kolob Reservior Road before and found the scenery to be absolutely beautiful. The look and feel is very similar to the rest of Zion National Park, but has it's own unique spirit.  Kevan drove us to a little spot near a friend's cabin on Kolob Terrace.  We hiked up to to edge of the cliff we were to rappel.  Kevan had not been there in several years, so we were unsure if our rope would actually reachthe bottom.  Our rope was 80 meters (just over 260 feet) and the cliff was large enough that we couldn't see the bottom so the only way to know if the ropewas surely long enough was to go over the edge and head down.  Scary?  Yep, just a bit. See more