Hiking, Southwest, Travel

Surprise! You have two hours to pack.

Sorry to disappear without a word, but Jo and I whisked Karen away to the Southwest on a surprise birthday trip! We managed to keep it a secret all summer, so I had to make sure I didn’t spill any sort of beans on my blog.

Zion zquishie

We hiked through freezing water and endured the traumatizing smell of wet rental neoprene booties…


…drove down an absolutely mental “road” of deep sand and sharp rocks to see some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world…

She's always got her nose in a book

…slithered (some more gracefully than others) through muddy slot canyons…

K2 Kanyoneers Canyon crud

…and backpacked in the desert with only one minor quicksand incident.

Gulch girls

I’ll write an installment of trip reports when I get all my photos up, but for now I just want to thank mah ladeez for one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on.

Happy birthday Karen!

I’m still smiling.

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  • Reply Lisa October 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! I’ve always wanted to hike there.

  • Reply Jennifer October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    You guys are so cool! I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos.

  • Reply Mary October 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Your photos are spectacular!

  • Reply Mark Griffith October 25, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Fantastic trip! I love the narrows, glad you guys got to savor the desert.

  • Reply healthy ashley October 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Your blog is beautiful! I am in love with these gorgeous nature photos. The trip sounds wonderful!

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