So I got the chance to go with a bunch of other ladies on a 4 day hiking/camping adventure in the Grand Escalante part of Utah. We left after school drop-off on Wednesday morning and got back home Sunday afternoon. It was a great trip - although it could have been slighly better weather. Although it wasn't horrible. Wednesday we drove most of the day and then got to camp and set it all up. We went for a walk that evening and luckily cooked up dinner before the rain began. It poured and thundered and lightninged that night. But we all survived. :)
Thursday was a bit cloudy with passing showers. So we had to change around our plans of doing slot canyons or river-crossings that day and instead did 2 hikes - Lower Calf Creek falls and Upper Calf Creek falls. Both were beautiful and great!
Friday we did our big 15-miles of hiking to the Golden Cathedral and Ringtail Slot Canyon. The sun was out this day - luckily, as we had to cross the river about a dozen times. At times, the river was up to my belly-button! It was crazy, but fun, too. We didn't get many pictures of that because everyone put their phone/cameras in packs, in dry-sacks. Some of the ladies, and the 2 teenagers, managed to ride an inner-tube for some of it. It was hilarious watching them tip over and such. So fun. The water was really cold! It was an awesome day. The Golden Cathedral was super neat and the Ringtail slot was super dark and super cool. We didn't go too far in because it was getting late.
On Saturday we did some cool slot canyons. One was called Spooky and it was a little spooky - especially with looming rain clouds. It was so narrow that for about 200 feet we had to hold our backs and walk side-ways. It was crazy. Then we went down Peek-a-Boo slot canyon. It was shorter and super cool. Lots of water puddles (thigh-high) to wade through. It was super neat. We had some spots where we had to hoist each other up through the rocks.
After hiking, we came back, took down camp, drove to Torrey, ate dinner, and then stayed the night there in a motel. We then drove home on Sunday. My parents had come over to help Ben with the kids. All went well at home and they were all kept busy with music class, gymnastics, trip to the Rec. center, book club, Pinewood Derby, out to eat, etc., etc.
So I didn't take a single picture. I didn't want to take our nice camera and ruin it with sand or water, etc. Everyone had their cell-phones (and one teen had a nice camera) and so I just got pictures from them. Unfortunately, they are all in random order and I am too lazy and just need to post this . . . so they are all out of order. Anyways, here they are:
And that's it for pictures. What an adventure!