Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wakeboard Rookie

Megan, Me, and Crystal

Crystal and James demonstrating what I thought was possible

Reality sinking in .............. my best shot, can you see me?

All these years I have been watching friends pop right out and glide back and forth through the water on a wakeboard. So of course I thought I would just shoot out as well and be able to do several fancy tricks. My confidence was high, too high, and then it was my turn. My pride dropped and I was humbled! I didn't think it was possible to get that much water up my nose, but after 10 faceplants, I decided to call it a day. I will get it, but I was exhausted and filled with disgusting Utah Lake water.

Some good friends, the Mitchells, took my sister Megan (just came to be the flagger cause she's pregnant), my bro-in-law James, and me as well as some of their family out on their boat for Pioneer Day. Aside from my sore body and bruised pride, it was a great day! I am now doing my homework, and will be a pro next time. Watch out Utah Lake and all of the filth and dead fish in the water, I'm coming back! Oh, and thank you to the pioneers for the hardships and for finding Utah Lake.

Crys, James, Me, and Meg

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Havasupai (have a sue pie)

I thought nothing was prettier than the Dominican Republic. I wasn't proved wrong, just shown another beautiful area. A group of 40 headed down to AZ to backpack down to Havasupai Falls (located on one of the forks off of the Grand Canyon) fourth of July weekend. They were gorgeous!

We hiked in at 3am to avoid the intense AZ heat. Eight miles into the hike we hit the Supai village. It's a remote Native American village two miles outside of the falls. They helicopter supplies in daily, and are a very humble tribe. The first little building we saw was an LDS church in a little double-wide trailer.

The best feeling was arriving to the falls at 7:30am. We quickly set up camp, and just as quickly layed down for a nap. We spent the three days hiking to different falls, eating MRE meals, trying to avoid the outhouses, bathing in the river, playing frisbee and volleyball, cliff-jumping (somehow I did it once and then wussed out), swimming, playing cards, etc....
On Sunday we hiked into church. Yes, I went to church in a swimsuit, hiking shoes, swim shorts and no make-up, a girl's camp flashback for sure! Some of the hikers knew we were going to attend church and managed to pack in church clothes. I felt okay about my attire for the day. The priests even wore swim shorts and polo shirts.

We hiked back to Navajo Falls and got into the water just in time for a thunder and lightening storm....not expected. We hid in a little wooded area until we felt we could make it back to camp. When we finally got back to camp we found our tent in a puddle and all of our stuff wet. Yuck! A decision was made and we hiked up to the village and helicoptered out. It was sad to leave a day early, but with the weather being so bad, we were ready.

I can't wait to go back next year! I will remember to bring fruit, a rain jacket, and courage to cliff jump more on my next Havasupai excursion. Thanks to the Conleys who planned this entire trip!

Me, Margo, & Rach at Havasu Falls

Climbing out of Mooney Falls

Mooney Falls

Hayley, Me, Margo, and Kristen in a cave at Navajo Falls

All done!