Escaping Communication

Being a marketing coordinator for Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine™ means I deal with a lot of online marketing from email newsletters to social media sites like Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, google+, to speaking with breweries, and writing posts for our website. Being connected with with so many people from your phone can be a lot, getting updates from any site so I can check to make sure there’s no crisis I need to solve, or a story that needs fixing.

That’s why I love going camping. Even taking my phone or computer with me is a little useless unless I want to just listen to some music, or take a photo. I can get away from all the clutter of my email inbox and listen to a flowing creek, the wind strolling through trees, a crackling fire, or my friends telling some ridiculous story.

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Last year I took a two week camping trip with seven of my friends to Moab and Zion National Park in Utah. It’s a truly beautiful state if you haven’t seen it. Angels Landing in Zion was probably my favorite. The two picture below are from the top of  it.

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“The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles long. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park’s shuttle system. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail goes through the area between Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon that is a gradual ascent. Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks,  are the last hurdle before Scout Lookout. Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet.”

The ride back home wasn’t such a bad view either. If you’re ever in the neighborhood of Buena Vista, they have some great hot springs.

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2 Comments

  1. That’s awesome that you spent two weeks hiking through the national parks! I’ve always wanted to do that. If you’re ever looking for hiking gear that’s not too expensive, try https://www.theclymb.com, I buy stuff from there all the time for adventuring. Great photos too btw!

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