A few days later I decided to try the trail up to Angels Landing. Hutch and I did this trail in 1992, so I knew it was tough. The trail is 2.7 miles one way and has an altitude gain of over 1700 feet. It is definitely not for someone who is afraid of heights as there is a lot of exposure. Nine people have died on this trail over the past 17 years, the last one just a month ago. That has not stopped people from attempting the climb and there were so many people on the trail it was like being in a line at Disney Land. On the bus trip into the trail head I met Brett, who had just graduated from college in Cleveland and was getting in a little adventure before starting a full-time job. He was gracious enough to stick with the old man on the whole trip. We also befriended a couple from New Jersey, and the 4 of us stayed together for most of the hike. After we descended, we stopped at the Zion Brewery and celebrated with a beer and lunch. My legs were pretty sore the next few days, but it was worth it.
Josie and I drove out into the desert and visited a spot where there were dinosaur tracks in the rocks. We found a couple of tracks and enjoyed the colorful scenery. The Jeep got pretty dirty on the back roads.