June 25, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Three roommates no more! Michelle, Courtney and me.
At the reception...Me, Leah & Sarah
Steph, the Bride, and me (and Layne's finger-lol!)
May God Bless the happy couple in their new marriage for the rest of thier lives together!
To the left is Crystal, me, and Leah.
Here we all are (Leah, Parker, Crystal, Jim, me, Heidi and Sara), suited up in our sexy wetsuits and ready to go! Our guide, Jim, was fantastic! He was a ton of fun and we knew that he was in this buisiness because he loves it. So, we hit some really great rapids, and on one, I literally felt like I was about to pop out of the boat, which would have been fun, but I'm glad I didn't! We had beautiful weather, too, and we couldn't have asked for a better day!
After the rapids, we had a bit of drifting time, and Jim said if we wanted, we could jump in and float down the river! We would never pass up an opportunity like that, so in we went!!! The water cold, but so nice and refreshing, too! We floated down the river for a little bit until Jim called us back and dragged us back into the boat. After he pulled us up, he, literally, piled us on top of each other and something about that was so funny to me and I was laughing so hard I couldn't move! I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard-what a great day!
So we had had a great morning rafting and now we were
hungry! So we asked Jim what was good in Canon City and he directed us to this great little family Mexican restaurant for lunch and it was delicious! We ended our meal sharing some yummy fried ice cream. Mmmmm! Parker and Heidi were a little more excited than the rest of us ; )
After lunch, we wanted to find a good place to swim, or at least jump in the river so we went for a walk down the riverwalk, I think it was called, but didn't really find anything mostly because the current was too strong for us to enjoy it. So after a nice leisurely walk, we jumped back in the car to drive to another spot and this one was perfect! Nice and shallow and the current was fairly calm. I put my feet in the water, and swiftly decided that I would not be getting back in the water! It was cooooold!! Leah and Parker, however, were brave enough to jump in while I remained dry on the beach taking pictures : )
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Not realizing we had gone the wrong way, we were having a wonderful time, and truly enjoying the hike! We couldn't have asked for better weather. In the picture above, we had just summitted our first 13er, not realizing it was a 13er, and boy was that a discouragement! We should have known it was too good to be true. To the right is the second 13er we hit before conquoring Huron on the left.
At last, victory! And it was truly worth it, even if it did take us 6 and 1/2 hours!!
The view of the two 13ers we summitted from Huron.
And now, the decent. We didn't spend too much time at the top because we had no idea how long it would take us to get down. This picture is after all the snow and slush we slid down from the summit. I only slipped once, Crystal was amazing and didn't fall at all! I'm still not sure how we made it down-it was scary!
This was taken right above tree line around where we lost the trail. You can't really see it from this picture, but there was still a lot of snow down here that was melting, creating little rivers below the snow fields. Furthermore, due to all the melting snow, these little rivers were causing us to lose the trail...not good! Anyway, we followed a trail down the mountain until it somehow disappeared, and we were stuck on the wrong side of the mountain. We tried to make our way back across, but it was a very slow process because the slope was getting very steep! We ended up following various deer trails and it was getting late very quickly. We knew we only had an hour or so of sunlight left. Crystal suggested that we go back up to tree line, hopeful to find the trail that way. At least we might have been able to get cell reception. Anyway, long story short, we found our way back to the trail, but not before we had run out of water, that made it rough!
Here the sun is setting behind the mountains. We were close enough at this point and we weren't worried about losing sunlight and we finally made it back to my car at 8:30pm. I don't think I've ever been so excited to see my car! Now that it's over, however, I don't think I would have done it any other way. It was a fabulous hike, with spectacular views and to say it was an adventure would certainly be an understatement. And if you know me at all, you know I live for the adventures of life!
Monday, June 11, 2007
These are the trail posts telling us we're going the right way.
This is where we stopped for lunch and I think Merlin was pretty tired! The night before, we had a family of deer and probably a variety of other nocturnal critters wandering around our campsite and I don't think Merlin slept much!
Here Crysty and I are splashing our faces with cool stream water, it was hot! We hiked mostly in the shade of the trees, which helped for sure!
These are a couple of group pictures on our last day.
One of the few places that had a nice view of the mountains. Merlin and I are posing for one of our final pics : )
Overall, the trip was a blast, but we were definitely ready to go home after four days : )
On our way home, we stopped at a couple of wineries including the prestigious Linden Vineyard. We had an educational wine tasting upstairs and then signed up for a cellar tour.
Here we are in the wine cellar with our fabulous tour guide, who after we told her about our camping trip, gave us a free glass of wine in celebration! She was sweet : )We got home Sunday night and then Monday and Tuesday, I got to hang out with my brother Matt. The last time I visited Virginia I didn't get to see any of the sights, so I put my brother through the torture of checking out all the memorials. I got to see the WWII memorial for the first time, and saw some others that I hadn't remembered from when I was a kid. It was great, and I loved getting the time to catch up with my "little" brother : )
The Hope Diamond, a girl's best friend ; )
Tuesday, Matt and I drove up to Charlottesville and he showed me where he and his wife, Courtney, will be living when they move in a week or so, and it was really beautiful! After, we took the afternoon and toured Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
That night I met up with some old college friends for dinner and then went back to Jane's for my last night in Virginia. It was a fantastic trip, and I only wish I could go more often! Thanks to all of you who made it a great trip!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Finally! The summit! For real this time...only about 30 minutes to go! Unfortunately, I was still stopping every 20 steps or so...the altitude was killing me!