Hike 30: 天国への階段 Stairway To Heaven

10Kレースの後、何だかんだと忙しくしていました。そんな中久しぶりに山登りに出かけることができました。 I was busy with chores after the 10K race, butwe did go on a hike last week

スノーキャニオン州立公園内の道なき道、知る人ぞ知る天国への階段トレイルです。 The trail is called “Stairway to Heaven” inside Snow Canyon State Park, but it’s not on any map because it’s not an official trail.

登ったり、降ったりして奥地に向かいます。 We walked up and down, and went to a deeper section of the park.

ガイドがいたから来られた場所です。ちょっと話がそれますが、ガイドさんの二人もトレイルベストを着ていました。勿論私も。断然、楽! We couldn’t have found the way without our guides. This is off tangent, but both our guides were wearing trail vests which made me happy. Of course, I was wearing mine. It’s so much easier than a backpack in many ways. I love it.

そして、ここが「天国への階段」と呼ばれるようになった所以の階段のような場所です。 And finally this is the “Stairway to Heaven”. Can you see it looks like a staircase?

馴染みのある風景。そこでみんなでバンザイ。影の記念写真です。 After we got to a familiar place on a ridge, we took a shadow group picture all doing a Banzai pose.

砂丘の様なうねりを見せるナバホ砂岩。こんな景色を後何回見られるのかなと考えると、涙が出てきそう。 Navajo Sandstone shows many different faces. The fine lines like this reminded me of a sand dune and it made me feel a little sentimental. How many more times can I see such beauty?

ところで、ここは有名な映画「明日に向かって撃て!」のシーンにもなった場所です。まさにここにロバートレッドフォードとポールニューマンが立っていたそうです。 By the way, this particular place was used for the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Paul Newman and Robert Redford were right here during filming.

映画の中にはザイオン国立公園も遠くに見えるシーンがあります。ロバートレッドフォードの家が公園の近くにありますが、きっと映画の撮影の時、好きになったんですね。I could recognize Zion National Park in the move as well. I can easily imagine that Robert Redford fell in love with this area so much during the making of this movie, and that’s why he built his house near the park.

5kmの登り降りのたくさんある中級者向けコースです。 The hike was only 3.1 miles but it’s an intermediate hike because you need to go up and down a lot over steep slopes of sandstone rock.

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