Monday, April 28, 2008

You Did What?

Well this is half way through our back packing weekend but for some reason blogger won't let me download any more pictures. This is our little tent. We camped under Jacob Hablin arch. It was so beautiful. We went in and out of streams and hiked, and hiked, and hiked to get to this point. We were not allowed fires but cooked over our little back pack stoves. Our little dehydrated dinner tasted so good after hiking for most of the day.
Here is my brother Dave and husband next to the other tents.

This is looking in the other direction. It was incredible!

This is the arch in the morning light.

This is after we were packed up and ready to head out. Can you believe how heavy this pack was. This is the picture I took while rolling on the ground laughing. He just finished singing and dancing... "kick your knees up step in time, never any reason, never any rhyme, kick you knees up, step in time." You know...Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Guess you had to be there. You try doing that with a 50 pound pack. Wait until you see what he had to climb up with that pack.

Yep, here it is. I've never been so scared in my life. I was shaking...literally and it wasn't muscle strain. I was climbing and holding on to that rope with one hand saved me from careening down this cliff. The guys were amazing. Doug the mountain climber would climb up, tie the rope around his hips, and then one of the guys would climb up and trade places. Then they would go up and down carrying our back packs up. I only carried mine on the last leg. All I can say is scarry, scarry, scarry.

This is the rope we were pulling on to get up that rock face. Feel better now? Scarry, scarry, scarry!

This is looking up when we were 2/3rds of the way up. Yikes!

Here's my nephew that went up and down that mountain a few times. See that brown water? That is where we started this climb.

More climbing.

That is Doug and his girlfriend, Lindsay. Can you get an idea about how huge this place is?

After we got to the top, there was lots of this. Try and find the took a compass. Next we were off to some slot canyons. This is the one called Peek-A-Boo. Again, we needed the guys to help us climb up in some of the places. It was much easier coming back down because you could slide down and then jump.
Here are Doug and Dave.
Yep, here I am walking through Peek-a-Boo.

Here we are. My sweet husband who took me on this adventure. I look lovely don't I. It's diet time. My pack weighed about as much as I want to lose. Now I know how much better I'll feel if I get some more weight off.


Stephanie said...

Mom, That looks awesome! I wish I could have been there (although I don't think Larry and backpacking mix)

Thimbleanna said...

OH. HOW. FUN!!!! Accckkkkkkkkkk!!! How exciting! Boy, I would LOVE to do something like that -- what a great experience. (Ok...I could definitely do without the rock climbing part on the cliff -- um, just maybe a bit too scary for me!) But the rest -- the camping, the hiking, the slot canyons -- HOW FABULOUS!!! Now I want my heathens to come out there so I can visit them and we can do that! Thanks for sharing your great pictures -- you look like you're having a great time!

Kelli Radmall said...

Wow-you are an adventurous momma! I am proud of you and that looks totally fun. Kurt will be jealous when he sees these pics!

Larry said...

You're welcome to take Steph backpacking anytime, and I can stay and babysit Creed!