Zion is such a marvellous national park. I want to hike here another day before I continue driving. At breakfast I ask the lady at the front desk of the hotel if I can check out a bit later and that’s not a problem at all. That’ll give me the whole morning for hiking and allows me to decide later what I’m gonna do in the afternoon.
After an early breakfast at the hotel I drive to Zion National Park. It’s only 15 minutes to Angel’s Landing Trailhead, the hike I want to do today. It’s still very quiet in the park, though I see a few people on the trail. It’s -2 degrees Celsius, 29 degrees Fahrenheit outside, so quite chilly.
It’s Sunday morning, so I sleep in a bit. After all, you don’t need to see the sunrise every morning. When it’s becoming light outside I get up and get dressed. I get a cappuccino at McDonalds before I hit the road. I like camping near the big yellow M. They provide all you need: food, coffee, a restroom and internet. Well rested I started driving again. It’s about half an hour to Zion National Park. Just as the previous days there is no one at the entrance. My tip if you’re traveling on a budget: go to the National Parks before eight in the morning and there is a big chance you can enter for free.
While driving in Zion I listen to the music of my favorite movie, Elizabethtown. The songs are about death and life, just as the movie, and it makes me thankful to be alive. Traveling alone is such a great way to help you think about life and yourself.