There are fewer things that I love more than spending quality time with family, being surrounded by awe inspiring nature, and a quiet camp fire on a cool night! and don’t forget about the S’mores! You gotta have the s’mores y’all! — And while there is so much more to Zion National Park, Utah (like hiking, walking, the views, trolly rides, and more hiking! ha!). these are just a few of my favorite things about our camping trip. Oh! And did I mention we were camping RV style?! (Thanks again, Auntie Pam & Uncle Al for the cozy accomadations!) This definitely put us at ease about taking Connor on her first camping trip (at just 23 months). Ironically, this camping trip has been in the works for about 5 years! It’s a long story, but in hindsight I am so happy that we got to experience it when we did and as a family of 3 (along with Auntie Pam, Uncle Al, Uncle Kenny & Auntie Sheila). Camping is an old Kelley family tradition and I think it’s safe to say Connor earned her first camping badge with flying colors!
It’s hard to describe such a majestic place in just a few words here. And even in all the pics I took I still feel like they hardly capture the true essence or do the place any justice. But all I can say is that I am looking forward to the day we can return. We spent 3 days and 2 nights there and I feel like we still didn’t scratch the surface of all it has offer and all there is to see. It’s a place bustling with avid hikers, countless photographers, and bright eyed nature seekers like ourselves. And to my surprise Zion is surrounded by tons of artsy shops, restaurants, and galleries (Springdale). I was also surprised to see the number of Hotels/Lodges in Zion National Park, so one can easily do some luxurious glamping or some good old fashion tent camping! A little something for everybody for sure!
A glimpse into our visit
We prepared ourselves for some super cool weather but only really needed heavier layers at night and the early mornings as the temps drops to about 40 degrees. I’d say, early fall is the perfect time to visit! Just the peaceful atmosphere and solitude of nature make this place a must see! And while we enjoyed a “nature walk” or two (to the Weeping Rock, and the Court Of The Patriarchs) for the most part we kept it light, relaxing and fun! We did “go out with a bang” though! I’ll not soon forget the experience of getting our feet wet (literally) and hiking “The Narrows” (the narrowest section of Zion Canyon) the Virgin River. Many of us braved the cold rocky river that day toting a hiking stick in one hand and a camera in the other! The things we do for a good shot! ha! What an exhilirating experience! — btw, a very special shoutout to Uncle Kenny (Auntie Pam’s brother) for walking about a mile up the river with us barefoot!! He’s such a G!
Those of us who wore shoes (lol!) set them by the bonfire that night to dry. And we prayed the gigantic ants wouldn’t get to them! (They didn’t!) We watched a movie right outside the RV underneath the stars (I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stars!) and sipped perfectly brewed hot coffee. And there my little toddler, who was afraid of the smoke of the campfire the first night, was graciously lulled to sleep by it while in Auntie Pam’s arms that last night. And I couldn’t help but think about how amazingly fast children adapt to new environments and how blessed we are to be able to safely expose her to such a life.
Until next time Zion National Park! Thanks for treating us so well and giving us such a sweet taste of adventure!