Days 1 & Day 2 were a dream, I was certain. We woke up at the CRACK on Day 3 and packed up our things *sigh*. I had my headlamp on as we left the campground, but once outside of the Indian village, it was fully light out. We took a minute to capture our true feelings about leaving. This was probably the only picture that was taken on the way back. No one wants to document leaving.Read More
Did you know that there are waterfalls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon?
Let me tell ya', these little gems are not easy to reach. Here's how we found our way there...Read More
T minus 11 days until our Grand Canyon departure! We prairie folk from Illinois don't have a ton of experience hiking in the mountains, let alone carrying a 30-40 lb backpacks along the way. We decided to do a mock "hike" at Johnson's Mound Nature Preserve in Elburn with our fully packed backpacks.Read More
When someone invites you on a backpacking trip to "the coolest spot in AZ", you don't say no. Note: High-fiving the air, doing a victory lap around your desk chair, or breaking down in interpretive dance are all acceptable options. So is immediately requesting off work. One of folks from the Ireland trip (Parts: I, II, III, IV) lives in Phoenix and invited a bunch of us out to Havasupai Falls in September. It works out well because last Christmas, I got an actual backpacking backpack, but I had no immediate plans for actually using it. Fast forward 8 months and what do you know?! Great day.Read More