Road Trip Journal Part Three
Day Nine: Marc and Taylor get up early to get on the road to Utah. Before they leave they decide to shower at their campground, as they will be backpacking for four days straight once they get to Utah. Taylor is excited for her second shower in nine days, until her supposed-to-be-8-minute shower ends abruptly after 2 and a half minutes(she was timing it on her watch). Covered in soap and with conditioner in her hair, Taylor has no more quarters to pay the machine and no choice but to towel off the soap and have ultra-moisturized hair for the next week.
After their showers, they get on the road to Zion National Park. They camp in one of the campgrounds at the park on this night, and prepare for their Trans Zion hike. This hike will take them 40 miles across Zion National Park and four days to complete. It is described as one of the most “spectacular hikes in the world” as it goes through deep canyons, high ridgelines, across streams and rivers, and through grass, mud, sand, and rock.
They get their tent set up and decide to go out to dinner before they must survive on instant oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and macaroni and cheese for four days.
Day Ten: They are up early to be at Zion Adventure Company by 6:45 am for their shuttle to their starting point. They start the day at Lee’s Pass, which happens to be very muddy from a few days of rain. Taylor thanks Marc’s parents every 5 minutes for the hiking poles they lent them, as the poles saved her countless slips in the mud, powered her up some nasty hills, and also helped her balance-challenged self get across 15 stream crossings.
After 6 miles of backpacking, they arrive at the most challenging part of the day: the river crossing. They were warned they may have to get across a waist-deep river, but they weren’t told how raging the river would be!
Day Twelve: Another long day of hiking. Again, the day is filled with views that makes Taylor never want to leave. That is, until she realizes if she never leaves she will have to sleep on a thin air mattress for the rest of her life. She decides she’ll just come back to visit again.