My Grandma Irene always says, “You can’t change the weather” and this was one of those weekends where I kept reminding myself of that all the time. Eight of our friends signed up to do Ragnar Trail Series in Zion National Park. We did this race 2 years ago and it was awesome, we had great weather and really enjoyed the camping and running.
Here’s Nicole finishing her 1st loop – this was on Friday.. Nice and sunny!
Basically the race is set up as a relay where a team of 8 runs 3 legs each, you run all day and night until it’s done. Not this year! We got to Zion on Friday, set up camp and each just got one leg in before it started downpouring. It was raining just a little bit on and off during the day but around 10pm, it came down hard and didn’t stop until morning.
Our campsite when it first started raining.
Tim was out running his 2nd leg of the race (he was the only one on our team that ran 2 legs) and it was raining the hardest it had all night. I stood out in the rain to wait for him with Chris and Rebecca until about 11:00pm and then went to bed, thinking I’d have to run again in 4 hours and would have to get up and out of the rain to do it.
We were laying in bed and heard an announcement that the race was going on a 3 hour weather hold. This meant sleeping for at least 5 hours for me! Shortly after that we heard Tim come back from his miserable run- he was grabbing onto trees to run up muddy hills and sliding down rocks – it wasn’t pretty out there, he was glad they put it on hold.
Muddy Crocs because my shoes were all wet.
We all went to bed and at 6:30 heard them announce that the race was back on (after the 3 hour hold turned into an 8 hour hold) and if you wanted to, you could come run muddy trails or you could come get your medals and pack up and go home. We decided to pack it up. All of our gear was wet and the trails were in horrible shape, not real great for running!
You want muddy? You got muddy!
Here’s what we woke up to on Saturday. Lots of mud and still sorta rainy.
Nicole wearing her medal for “completing” the race. Ha!
Cinnamon roll and coffee – I think I wish I had a donut instead. After a freezing cold morning, it was one of those days a donut would have ma
We packed it up and headed out.
I wasn’t ready to leave Zion yet, so convinced Erica and Chris to go do a hike within Zion National Park. We’ve been to Zion 3 times, and have yet to do a hike and it was time for that to change!
The hike was well worth it. We did the Hidden Canyon hike. Really cool!
Chris wasn’t super into hiking or staying longer, but he was a good sport for Erica and I. I think we enjoyed the hike a little more than he did.
The hike had some cool stairs that reminded me of Nepal.
Also some chains to hold onto when hiking some narrow paths! I thought they were more fun than Erica or Chris.
This is the “peak” of the hike. A Hidden Canyon. Not super impressive- we all thought the hike was the more impressive part.
Erica and Chris hiking down, using the chains, being very careful.
We got home late Saturday night and on Sunday Erica and I were up for more hiking, so went on a hike in Park City (Mormon Flats Trail) and found every sort of trail condition – dry, wet, muddy, stream crossings, and snow.
Oh yeah, there was a nice view on top too. Erica didn’t know that’s what we’d find up top.
We set up our really muddy tent on our deck to dry – After a rainy Sunday and Monday, I think it might be dry today. It’s Tuesday and the first sunny day we’ve had since before Erica arrived.