Zions NP – shoutout to daredevils?

Thanksgiving and Black Friday was a lot more like a blergh this year (I still spent almost $300 tho, I know right??!! 😓). Last year we had a chance to spend Thanksgiving, real-American-style, at Auntie Uji’s place, but the luck isn’t in our favor this year, especially my house, none of us get invited 😭. It was definitely an emotional, heart-breaking moment for us (over je kau!) to be left out and not included, sob-sob.

Anyway, lepak-ing at home doing nothing is still not a way to spend my 4-days holiday, so I joined Team Zuzu to Zion NP! It’s my second time and I’ve aimed the highest star (Angel’s Landing), since I didnt get to finish the whole hike on my first trip with bob, kak lina, hakim, and other seniors. It’s a 9 hours journey to-and-from. A total of two sedans (one is friends from colorado) and one suv left at 12am Sunday and reached back home before 11.59pm the same day, cool eh?

The first 2 hours journey to Zion NP was filled with Forum Perdana emcee-ed by Ety, with topics ranged from ‘Is it true that boys only like pretty girls’ to ‘Can boys really love two persons at the same time’ to polygamy. Well, it wasn’t that big range of topics, and was mainly aimed at boys 😏 but yes, fun enough to keep the driver (Kapten Irsyad) awake.

We stopped at a gas station before the national park’s entrance for Subuh prayer and some light breakfast. The first hike wasn’t that hard (I totally forgot the name of it, sorry!), more like a refreshing warmup. I swear the hike wasnt that long but we spent almost 2 hours (I think 😐) taking pictures, enjoying the sceneries, and everything.

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Subhanallah, God’s creations are by far the greatest creation of all.

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Cross-beddings and a fault on far left? #geonerds

The second hike was the gorgeous Emerald pool :). We finished up to the third stage of the hike and the end point was just mesmerizing. It was probably 2 hours loop trail, but yes plus an extra 1-2 hours of taking selfies along the way.

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Look at those cool rocks 😱!!! and oh yes, the so-awesome hikers.

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Pardon these fossils 😅

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Flowers (read: bunga) of the trip

Then, we had lunch of some accidentally-salty fried chicken, sambal sotong, white rice, and really breezy wind that left our hand to freeze. Oh, and the dessert, a chocolate cake especially made by Fish for Saha’s birthday! Damn it was really good 😋 Our friends from Colorado ended their hiking trip after lunch to go back home, as it took almost 11 hours drive back to Colorado.

After Zuhur, we continue our hiking adventure, with Angel’s Landing on the list!! Well, they did actually, because I was so tired staying up all night teman Irsyad drive, I started to get cranky and moody. So I decided to take a nap in car, and there went my highest star 😭😭😭. But on behalf of healthy happy in-car environment back to SLC, I know that I seriously need the nap.

I didn’t have first hand experience of Angel’s Landing on this trip but I could tell that it was awe-inspiring (closest synonym for ‘awesome’ 😅). The trail was hard, yes, but possible, said by a terrible hiker – me. The view, honestly, wasn’t that DAMN amazing, but once you reach the top, you’ll have this self satisfaction because you successfully get through a challenging, life-threatening, risky way to the end point. By successful I mean safe and no broken limbs, because you could die any point along the trail, like literally. More than 10 peoples died reaching the top, and it’s not impossible that many more will. Some titbits on Angels landing:

Distance: 5 miles
Average hiking time: 5 hours
Elevation: 1488 ft
Peak: 5785 ft
more on it here and other trails in Zion here.

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Wefies from the top of Angels Landing 😎but no me 😣

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Special photo of birthday boy who claimed to have the worst birthday ever 😂

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These two drove me crazier each passing seconds, but are the best company I could ask for 😘

And finally, right after Maghrib, we drove back home, stopped by at HongKong seafood buffet at Cedar city for only $11, and was welcomed home by white SLC covered and showered by snow flakes and midnight city lights 😍.

 

San Francisco – city of hippies and hipsters

Minggu lepas I had a chance to step my feet (read: jejak kaki 🐾) on California beach, specifically San Francisco!! It was a really rushing 4-day trip, not really impromptu, but yes, too little plan, and less than 3 hours to pack my bag! But, honestly, with the feeling of ‘lantak pi laa, let’s just make this happen’, how a can a living person not love a trip like this? It was a 12-hour driving journey, started at midnight, reached back home at midnight.

Wish you were here 😘

Wish you were here 😘

San Francisco, as stated by others who have and haven’t been was a beaut. No jokes here. With its scenery, salty smell, sea breeze, cultural attractions, colorful and gingerly crafted (and probably cost millions!) buildings, and world-class food, tipu laa if I hadn’t had a great time. We only spent one whole day but pft, you don’t need more than a day to appreciate SF. The first two hours, I wish I lived there, but only for the first two hours because after that (even for someone who claimed as a city lover), I couldn’t handle the crowd, packed buildings, and traffic, seriously the traffic!!! It’s asdfghjklnxnzdidbbiewuvb

SF overall is a pretty awesome place to visit, but not for me to stay. SLC is sufficient, and that’s good enough for me 😁

**The trip was 4 days but eh, we only spent one day at SF? Details on why this is so can be read here**

Since SF is so small (only 49 sq miles), way smaller than penang island, there’s nothing much we did. Here’s a list of where we go, and my favorite tripomeries (= trip memories), in no particular order:

  1. Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 – The first place I step my foot on! It’s the first because this is where you get your taste buds to excitement. Seafood restaurant are plentiful, point your finger to any one of them, they all taste marvelous! There are also Pier 39, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, Wax Museum and SF Maritime National Historical Park around here, so make sure to discover the area and feed your wanderlust before going to the next point. Oh yes, angin dia kat sini kemain. Seriously, bring sweaters and enjoy the environment!

  2. Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point – You haven’t been to SF if you haven’t gone through the Golden Gate Bridge and took picture here, or at least see it with your own eyes. I mean, this bridge has been destroyed again and again by earthquakes (2012), tsunamis (San Andreas), terminator, aliens (Skyline), giant octopus, and Godzilla! It’s no doubt historical (esp by people in film industry).

    Reapin the U

    Reapin the U

  3. Lombard Street – This is the crookedest and most visited street in San Francisco (it is actually not the crookedest, but yes, the crookedest and most visited). “The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions.   If not for the byzantine curves, easing out this treacherous slope, people could be killed rolling down” more at stofdo.com. We didn’t actually get a chance to take a photo here 😔since there were so many cars and people and i was like ergh go away human! If you get so lucky, do share with me! 😊

  4. Lands End – there’s nothing much here except for amazing scenery and the evocative ruins of Sutro Baths (it’s still amazing tho!) and how I get drenched in salt water 😫😫. It’s all started with me wanting to “get a feel” of sand and sea between my toes, kononnya 💁Then, I wanted to feel rocks under my feet (have i told you my obsession towards climbing, touching, and anything with rocks?). Long story short, I basically have to cross the sea water and waves to reach the rocks. So I waited until the water receded, walked there, climbed the top (until afiq said ‘banyak taik laa, tayah laa sampai atas‘), climbed my way back down until the last rock, and waited for my friends at the shore to signal when to get down and walk back, ’cause I dont want to get washed away by the waves ke apa kann. Once the water surut, they were like ‘sekarang!! Cepat aini, cepat2!!’ Apa lagi, kelam kabut laa wehhhh. I jumped straight from the last rock, not knowing the level where I landed was so deep, and wet half my body!!!! 😫😫😫

    Geo-geeks in action. Me climbing down, before drenching half of me 😞

    Geo-geeks in action. Me climbing down before drenching half of me 😞

We went to a whole lot of other places including Coit Tower, Twin Peaks, Starbucks (of course!), painted ladies, etc. And there’s a whole lot of places to visit that definitely, not listed here such as chinatown, aquarium, sf zoo, gay parks (lol), etc.

Overall, I had so much fun gaduh with everyone in the car, slept the whole 12 hours journey there, drove 5 hours back to slc, had sugary-overdosed breakfast at IHOP, had wayyyyy too expensive seafood lunch, did homework and assignments at campsite (i mean, who did that??), and made fun of each other everywhere every time. It’s always the bond, and people that made the best tripomeries. 🌸