Saturday, May 21, 2011

Provo River (Bridal Veil) Kayak run!

As I write this blog I think i still have traces of adrenaline in my body from todays ridiculously awesome trip. I went with a couple cool guys, Chris H. and Brad W., and Jessica W. came too to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful day. Thanks for the great pictures, Jess!

we didn't run the whole "Bridal Veil" river run, the upper part is too technical for me right now, so we just put in after all of the crazy stuff!

The river was pretty much continuous whitewater (mostly just easy class II), and a couple large rapids. It was easily the most intense and awesome run i have ever been on, and i enjoyed every minute of it. Even the moment that i got rolled and lost my paddle and had to pull my sprayskirt. I just got to shore and hitchhiked on the highway the rest of the way (there are just no eddies to pull boats and people to the sides!). Luckily the guys were able to keep track of my boat, but I lost my paddle. :(

Us putting in

 Yellow Helmet = Me, Blue boat = Brad, Other Orange boat = Chris

So there it is! I now unfortunately have a couple things to purchase (paddle, wetsuit, new neoprene boots, float bags...), but it was still so much more awesome than I can describe. Just ask anyone I told about it how excited i was hours afterwards just telling the story. (In reality i still have hope for my paddle - i'm going to check where the Provo empties into Utah lake for it tomorrow - they float)

well until next time!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goblin Valley camping trip!

So Harry and Sarah and I went on a camping trip to Goblin Valley. It was pretty sweet. We first went to Wild Horse Canyon, and then to the famous Goblin Valley.Heres some pictures and videos to give you a taste of our experience

Intrepid packer Harrison

our trusty steed - the Tacoma

Nothing better eating breakfast in victory stance


posing trying to block out the ugly camper behind me

Here is looking back at the beginning of the Canyon hike - it was about an 8 mile loop

Me having fun just "a randin' around!"
this was a natural desire for everyone with all of the cool rock formations

this was one of the more narrow parts - this was a pretty neat part of the hike

we went to the right

When i put the camera on timer it fell over and it took the picture before i could set it back up and get back to the group, but i like this picture anyways!

Men climb rock

me testing to see if this hole in the rock wall was a good place to set it for a timer... but i like this shot too!

Sarah is just awe-inspired by Harrison's agility

The one thing deserts have that is pretty is how many different colors the rocks and dirt can be. here it may be hard to make out, but this rock shelf was very purple

Now this is our first look at Goblin Valley, peppered with lots of these odd rock formations and tons of people just "a randin' around!" (inside joke of the trip)

I decided to shimmy down a different way here

well, there it is! it was another very fun trip. I'm pretty sure we would all go to the same area again. see you next time!