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2.9.13

i've seen this room, i've walked this floor







We finally got out on an overnight this past weekend and goodness I've missed it. We left after work with Cam and Casi (our token hiking friends. Actually, kind of our token everything friends.) We got there around 9:00 pm and started hiking. It was an easy 2 miles to where we set up camp and the evening was perfect. 75 degrees, an insane amount of stars, the most picturesque campsite. The next day we packed up and headed 4-5 miles up and down (and up and down) to hell's hole, a good size creek flowing through the bottom of the canyon. The scenery of this hike is incredible. The road we drove to get there is called "desert to tall pines" and the hike is essentially that. You start in the pines and end in the desert. So, the water in the canyon is incredible because it feels so rare to see that much water in the desert. There is enough to form a few good size waterfalls, where we stopped for lunch and swimming. The hike out was b r u t a l. The brush was so thick and our legs were covered in scratches and the majority of the hike is switchbacks and we were headed up rather than down at the hottest part of the day. It was rough country, to say the least. Lando turned 28 on Wednesday and the hike out he said "if this is was 28 feels like, I don't want to be 28..." He blames in on age, I blame it on Arizona terrain. The weather was nice to us though, and we got a few storm clouds in the hot afternoon.  The absolute best part of this trip was the wild vegetation. There was mint growing all around our campsite and we made mint tea to go with our breakfast. There were meadows of blackberries around the creek. And we stumbled across a wild peach tree. In Arizona! That is pretty incredible for the desert, I think Landon ate 4 of them. There is usually at least one time on a hike where I'm mad at Lando because he prefers to forge his own trail, which usually means I end up getting hurt. But regardless, there is no where I'd rather be than outdoors with Lando.

10 comments:

stephanie said...

i love the greens in these. peaches are one of my favourite fruits, i can't believe you found them wild like that!

Brittany said...

I so admire your outdoorsiness. And your photos. Kate, so beautiful!

Laraine Eddington said...

I think that one mad per hike is a remarkable average.

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

Are you sure you were in AZ for these shots? :) We are thinking that we need to beg you to take us rappelling sometime. Are our kids old enough to try it out? Am I showing my "bad momness"?

Chelsea said...

seriously a peach tree? one of my very best memories as a kid involves camping with my dad, and random blackberry bushes all around. None of my siblings have this memory! You guys are awesome. Thats all.

mad white woman said...

I want to do that hike so bad! I didn't realize it was that beautiful.

Larson Family said...

Wow, that looks awesome. I love Arizona!

carla thorup said...

i love you guys.

i sort of think it's not actually a real trip (or hike or outing) until we fight once because it reminds us that we're still ourselves in the midst of something so wonderful.

kELLY said...

hi. 'smore bloggin please

Lucinda Smith said...

what kELLY said. New to your blog - love your images + words

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