Friday, July 31, 2009

Camping Trip #2

Ryan had been planning a quick lil camping trip with his family for the last few weeks but I had planned on not going for a few reasons and with the new kitty around it made me even more hesitant to leave. But somehow everything worked out and the day before is when I decided to go. I am so glad I got to go. It was a blast! Can I just say that I love my soon to be family?? There wasn't a day without laughing.
We headed down to Southern Utah bright and early on Saturday morning. We camped at a little campground between Torrey and Boulder. There was seriously hardly ANYONE there. But for some reason the few people that were there were in OUR spot when we showed up. So we sat around for about 2 hours waiting for them to pack up and leave. I was so ANNOYED.

Once they left and we set up our quiant lil camp, we headed down to lower Calf Creek Falls. Ryans dad didnt come with us and we didnt really know where we were going, so we just drove! We had to stop on Hogsback (kinda scary to drive on. It was cliffs on both sides).

After an hour of driving and much second guessing ourselves and dads directions we finally got there. We kinda had to hurry cause we didnt get there till 630 and it was a 5 mile hike in. Call us crazy but we ran alot of it. It kicked my butt but it was so fun! And much needed after all the snacking on the car ride.
Lower Calf Creek Falls!
It was really cold, but of course the boys jumped in. We barley made it back to the car before it was completely dark.
Next day we all headed out to a more intense hike. I should have known by just the car ride to get there that this hike was going to be intense. We have to drive 50 miles on a dirt road that I swear was made of rumble strips. I was sure that the car was going to break down and we were going to be stranded. Who knew a Saturn Ion was great for off roading? haha
It was almost 100 degrees at 10 in the morning. KILL ME! Hiking back up this mountain is what did me over. We went and hiked in that narrow canyon that is behind us.... and back. Makes me tired just thinking about it.
We found this awesome cove. It almost looked like some indians had lived there once.
We were hoping that once we reached this there would be water to swim in. But nope. There was no refreshing swim for us. It was much needed. Especially after climbing the huge hill that was PURE gravel.
The last day we all really wanted to go swimming. So we hiked down to upper calf creek.

It took me so long to jump in this water. I have a thing with water and the things that are in it. They give me the heeby geebies! But I finally did it; as the next picture proves. It took some moral support however. haha We all really needed to be washed off from all the sweat from the day before(gross I know!!). The water was absolutely freezing!! But VERY refreshing.
Of course the boys started to do flips and stuff. This was the funniest one ever. Jake tried to flip and dive out of it... just you watch how it turned out:

Hiking back UP the mountain again. This was taken on one of my many many breaks I had to take. Man Im really out of shape.

Although I have never hiked like that before and probably could have died, it was really fun. I am so blessed to be getting such a great "family-in-law".

Ps. I dont know why but I have a hard time considering this camping... We saw a million of these.


Anonymous said...

Haha. I love it! I'm totally like you about water and things in it! But camping like that is my style!!! I never really grew up it's strange and odd to me at times. But I love hiking! We should all go sometime...! But i'm outta shape and pretty sure i'd have died on your camping trip!
But love the pics!

Love Kaitlyn

p.s. I don't have a blog or know how to use it so that's why I leave annonymous.

Lindsay said...

Way fun pictures! I have that same thing with water. Yuck. You are brave! And I can't believe all that hiking! You go girl!