Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Brings New Things...And Types of Adventures

This Spring Break I decided to mix it up a bit, trade in my kayak for a canoe, and do some exploring and hiking in Canyonlands National Park.
My Boat for the Week

Canyonlands National Park
More Canyonlands
Enjoying the View
The Mighty Green River

We arrived in Moab after a monster day of driving and an awesome breakfast at my Aunt Judy's in Salt Lake City. (Thanks Jude!) To stretch our legs from the drive we went for a quick hike, then it was off to organize everyone and everything for the next 7 days on the Stillwater Canyon section of the Green River.
One of the Many Side Canyons
Awesome Rocks!!

The trip began with a class five shuttle, putting in at Spring Canyon.
The Road that Drops off the Face of the Earth
It's Gotta Be a Good Trip With This Start!
A Beautiful Sunset

Day two brought some excitement with crazy wind and big waves, making it feel a little like whitewater boating. It was so strong, in fact, that we ended up taking a four hour break on an island until it was a little more reasonable.
Starting the Hike to Turk's Head

The Hike up Water Canyon to Chimney Rock
View from the Top of Water Canyon

The river was great with beautiful wilderness scenery, red walls, Anasazi ruins and art, and even an outlaw cabin! The best part, though, were the side hikes....amazing!
Sunset at Turk's Head
Outlaw Cabin
Anasazi Art
Cliff Dwelling at Jasper Canyon
Heart Shaped Cactus!
A Little More Boat Than I am Used To...
It's official....I have SPRING FEVER!! Bring on the boating road trips!!

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