We started the trek in the morning, leaving before sunrise to reach the Zion gates in time for one of the first buses. Today, we were hiking 5 miles (round trip) to the top of Angel’s Landing. It was hard for everyone, but worth every excruciating step. Lacy, Trent, Tess, Callie, Stéphane and I wandered along the path as the sun rose behind the peaks of the canyon.

Before long, the trail took us up up up — 1,488 feet over 2.5 miles — hugging the cliff side until we reached a flat area. But that’s where the difficult part began.

We left Stéphane (afraid of heights) and us kids continued hugging the cliff wall, gripping for dear life onto the heavy chains anchored deep into the mountainside, step by step until we reached the top.