Trek West #3: Glenn Canyon Dam and Zion National Park

We began our journey to Utah early Friday morning. We broke up our long drive north with a quick visit to a beautiful lookout over Glenn Canyon dam on Lake Powell. It was amazing to see the turquoise waters amidst the burnt red landscape. We then stopped for lunch at a park right past the Utah-Arizona border, where we had the opportunity to stretch our legs playing soccer, basketball and frisbee. As we continued north, we visited the historic Moqui Caves museum. Finally, we arrived at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch, meeting with the BBYO Pacific Connect trip to share Shabbat dinner together.

We had the opportunity to sleep in on Saturday morning. By the time breakfast and Shacharit services were finished, the sun was already high in the sky. Before eating lunch, the teens were able to pick from the many activities that the ranch had to offer: ATVing, basketball, ping pong, paint ball, swimming, zip lining and horseback riding among others! In the afternoon, we did a get-to-know you activity, where everyone got the chance to get to know one of their peers that they may not have had the chance to talk in depth to yet. In the evening, we joined up with the Pacific Connect group for a friendly game of capture the flag.

We had an early rise on Sunday in preparation to hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. This steep and winding hike was challenging but beheld a breathtaking view. About half of the group made it up to the highest overlook – a feat even for those who are not afraid of heights. Everyone enjoyed cooling off in the river at the base of the hike as a well deserved reward. In the afternoon, we rested and then returned to the park to visit the underwhelming Emerald Pools. We wrapped up the day with dinner and sundaes at the ranch.

We now embark west to Nevada to experience the excitement of Las Vegas. You children have been such a joy to travel with this far. They are cooperative, great at following directions and are constantly cracking us up.

Despite all the fun that we have been having, the temperatures in this part of the country are very hot. We have made a point to remind them to be constantly drinking water throughout the day. They have been doing a good job at staying hydrated, but any extra encouragement would be welcomed.

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