Janos Peterdi Photographer

Utah: Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park

After Arches National Park, we drove to Canyonlands National Park, where we had a view that was truly breathtaking. I don’t know exactly how far you can see from the cliff, but the canyon stretches through the valley till the horizon.

At such a place you wonder if people have ever been to every corner? How many people could be lost in it? It’s creepy to think of what it was like to be the first to discover the vast canyon system, which is not just a groove, but hundreds.

Beside the view, there is a stunning natural arch on top of one of the rock walls that provides a perfect frame for the landscape. Climbing is forbidden (of course, there were a few individuals here who couldn’t bear it, it wasn’t me Mum, believe me!). On the one hand, climbing insecure is life-threatening, and on the other, the arch is damaged, which will inevitably fall down into the depths.

Why do I say that? It is possible that this will still happen in our lives. No one would have thought that the Azure Window in Malta would collapse in our lives (just a few years after we stood there).

After the Canyonlands, our next stop was the Bryce Canyon, where you first have to go by car and then stop on the way back to enjoy the view as all stops are on the right. We stopped in a few places, but unlike many, it wasn’t enough for us. Let’s not even believe we were going down the valley, it was so deep.

Well, we went down because we were so tough. Approx. 5% of the visitors take the courage or fatigue to dive down and look at these eye-catching creations closer.

I liked the tour even though it was a lot longer than the plan, I did not regret it, as we agreed with Sophie that it was the most beautiful tour of our lives! (We didn’t know what will come in the next days.) We went down into the valley through a path carved into the side of the rock wall, through a series of natural arches, reaching the Peekaboo Loop.

We came up from the valley like groundwater and moved into the Zion National Park. From the most spectacular part of the park, cars are forbidden, and gas-powered two-car train buses take visitors.

We spent two days hiking here, the first climbing was called Angels Landing, with a magnificent view of the entire valley, I think that’s what Eldorado looked like, at least that’s what I imagined. It is difficult to take pictures because of the bright lights and shadows, but I tried. For whom it is not enough, you should climb up.

I’ll tell you in advance that it’s not a simple hike, and I’ll explain why. The trail leading to the summit of the cliffs leads to narrow ledges, sometimes with a huge gap on both sides, a bad move and you fall. No joke, since 2004, 9 people have fallen into the depths and found their deaths in the park. The other aggravating factor is that a lot of people want to get up and a significant percentage of them don’t care about the first factor.

In addition, in many places, there is no chain to help you hold on, it is incomprehensible. Allegedly, in the future, it will be required to get a permission, which I would highly reward, it’s crauy that someone thinks it’s okay to take a few months old baby in such a place, and that’s just one example of the many .

In any case, we got up and down safely, which was probably the second best tour of my life. (not counting many people). The next day we hiked into the canyon at the end of the valley from where the river came. The ranger informed us that the water is as high as our ankles but mex our knies, so we were very enthusiastic about the way.

Until we reached the stage where the water had reached the neck, for health reasons (it would have been good not to have a cold, so in the middle of autumn without standing heating), we had to go back but we still enjoyed it! I usually put a couple of pictures after the text and it won’t be different now.

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