Monday, June 21, 2010
Canyon Trip - Rock Climbing & Cliff Jumping
From the pictures I do have, taking turns Josh and I taking pictures, they just don't do justice. The water in parts had to be 20+ feet deep and according to Ariel who had been here many, many times there are places where no one has ever touched the bottom. It was amazing to me just how deep parts were. Trekking through the water there were huge bolders under the water that you couldn't see. Literally the only thing you could wear that you wouldn't have to carry anything was a swimming suit, shoes and shorts. I even ditched my shirt near the beginning so I wouldn't have to carry it. Like I said, we did bring a camera. We had a dry bag, that didn't completely stay dry. My camera did get wet. Soaked actually. I started the day with the thought "If I don't come home with a camera or a working camera, I can handle that". So the disappointment wouldn't be so rough. But, here I am a day later with pictures to tell and a camera that functions.
The canyon was so beautiful. The sides towered tall enough to hear your voice echo at some places. The rocks were smooth in places; smooth enough to slide on. The climb back out was more difficult than the hike in. There were at least 3 places where it took great body strength to pull yourself up, with very little to no foot or hand holds. I am proud of myself for being able to do that, it was fun! I walked out with a rip in my shorts, luckily didn't rip my swimsuit bottoms, two very impressive bruises which hurt pretty bad that day and more so the next day, an overall sore body with close to every single muscle worked & a sense of ambition, adventure, adrenaline and accomplishment for an overall epic day.
Keep in mind with the pictures, especially the video (to be posted later) of me jumping off the cliff, I am ok. With some bruises on the back of my leg and a few "dotted" purple bruises here and there I am ok. I do bruise easily. With the amount of pictures I have, I am going to link to them here on my Photo page Look for the June 20th bunch. Here is a sneak peak: