Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cable Mountain

Abe, Jenny, and I went on a weekend trip to Zion to do some canyoneering. We drove down and set up camp at Mosquito Cove. We woke up at 6:30am to make it to the visitor's center to be the first in line for permits. Call me over eager, but the visitor center opened at 8, not 7, so we went to Mean Bean coffee shop for breakfast and to kill some time. Abe and Jenny didn't give me too hard of a time about the mistake :)
The flash flood danger was high so we opted hiking Cable Mountain, named for the giant cable system that was used years ago to haul wood down to Zion's floor in order to build the Zion Lodge. It worked much like a giant zip line (4,000 vertical feet). The cable has not been used in years, but the wooden structure still stands at the top. We spent time sitting on the edge, letting our feet dangle off the 4,000 foot drop and talked about about how much fun it would be to base jump off the edge.
After Cable Mountain we did a few short hikes in the park and then went and had dinner at Oscar's.

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