Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon
It was my grandma's 85th birthday in Las Vegas that brought us to Nevada in July. I was expecting desert heat and getting trapped indoor with blasting AC. Fortunately, it was a mild summer and we were able to visit Zion National Park and Antelope Canyon.
We drove from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in Utah. The hike to Angel's Landing was amazing! It's a really memorable hike that's moderate but not for someone who's afraid of heights. Hiking through the cliffs while hanging on the cable holds gives the hike an edge but, it's definitely not as dangerous as half dome in Yosemite. We also hiked a bit of the Narrows. It was my first time to hike in water that goes up to my waist, which would have probably gone deeper if we would have gone further. We would definitely want to complete this hike one day when we're more prepared and have more time to spare. Here's a really good guide to read for visiting Zion National Park: http://www.philarmitage.net/zion_hikes.html
It was in Peter Lik's gallery studio in Las Vegas that I first saw images of Antelope Canyon. It seems like a magical place from all the amazing hues and colors from his photography. It's during our visit that I realized that all this magic really only happens through the lens of the camera. We were amazed with how all the vibrant colors in the canyons came to life only in the pictures. I can't see the same magnificent colors with my own eyes. It's almost like magic! We also did a little bit of hiking to the horseshoe bend and to the local reservoir. We were fortunate enough to find this beautiful restaurant by the water after a nice day of swimming at the super clear, warm water.