Something about the name Zion has always appealed to me. I can't really point out why, other than the fact that it just sounds like dope. Zion... Zion... Zion... It just has that utopic feel to it. Utopia being an imaginary place where everything is just perfect. A word very fitting to describe Zion National Park. Little did I know, Zion is a Hebrew word that means "a place of peace and relaxation." This canyon was given it's name by Mormon pioneers in 1800's and if I were a Mormon next to the one who said, "We shall name this canyon Zion" .... I would be like, "Hell yea bro! I'm all the way wit it!" Because that's exactly what I felt when we were covering the grounds of Zion. Something about the formation of the mountains that really made you feel like you were in a completely different world. I mean, almost every National Park makes you feel somewhat like you're in a different world, this is due to the fact that it's well preserved. It's free of all the industrial shit and civilization that it just feels raw. I could only imagine what this place would be like without all the roads, the visitor centers and port potties.
You always have to be prepared to deal with the unexpected when traveling. Even with all the extensive planning time you put in, the extra loot you dropped for travel insurance, making all the necessary reservations, there's just nothing you can do when your plane simply doesn't work. We sat on the Delta plane for over 3 hours and they would not let us get off the plane. They mentioned that if we do decided to hop off the plane, there's no guarantee that they will let us back on, which was bullshit. Anyhow, we ended up missing our connecting flight, and then arrived to St. George 4 hours behind schedule resulting in us not being able to go into the Narrows of Zion. This was one of the things I was most excited for coming into Zion so I was pretty disappointed that we couldn't hit it. We made due with what we had and just explored around the park and surrounding areas.
This was our last day on our trip through the South West. After a long day shooting Antelope Canyon, we rushed over to Zion National Park to catch sunset. On our way to Zion, we seen a herd of bisons and were able to feed them some grass while shooting them behind a fence for our safety. This was my first time seeing them in real life and man they were huge!