Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Last week I met with my Doctor for an annual checkup (I do this because if I dont my insurance deductible will go up) To my dismay I gained 13lbs last year and basically was chastised by the doctor. He informed me I was a fatty and was darn near considered to be the O word (obese). Even though I am now officially fat, I left quite happy, that meant I have even more excuses to go hike for the "I need to lose weight excuse." I quickly used this excuse when my good friend Collin and his wife Michan came to visit. We (Renee, Collin, Michon, and myself quickly decided, well mostly me, to explore the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness Area (CCWA) in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (RCDR) The CCWA I believe was part of the much needed Omnibus Wilderness Bill that passed through Congress and was signed by the President earlier this year and surely deserves such recognition.
This was a cool bizarre deep red rock in the middle of the not so deep red slickrock
(Above) The view of CCWA
I didn't mention but the wildflowers were out of control. It was very pretty, and I know if my brothers read this they will make fun of me but hey whats wrong with a man enjoying flowers?
Cool little arch
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Dean cautiously peeking over the edge. Angels Landing can be seen far below!
Remember that little fin sticking out in the bottom left of the picture.
Angels Landing can be seen in the middle/right of the picture
Hiking through Echo Canyon
Remember the mental picture of the fin looking down on it from the top? This is the same fin from half way down the trail.
From the bottom of the trail one cant see the Observation Point. This is from on the trail, so not even at the bottom, looking up to Observation Point.
Same fin this time near the canyon floor