06.25.2010

Colorado River Campsite
We checked for an open campsite for the night at Arches . . . they didn’t have one. So we found this outside the park along the Colorado River. Yeah, there were a lot of mosquitos.

But we were camped right next to some awesome petroglyphs!
Colorado Petroglyphs

Arches National Park, Day II
Arches National Park
Chris and I spent the entire day hiking the rest of the trails in the park to see all the obscure arches in Arches National Park. Above is me standing in an unnamed arch we found while hiking to Sand Dune Arch.

Arches National Park
Some pretty rippled sand.

Arches National Park
A portait of the two of us at Broken Arch.

Arches National Park
Me being a goober while hiking to Double O Arch.

06.23.2010

White River Camping
Waking up in the morning at our beautiful campsite an Aspen grove in White River National Forest, elevation about 10,000 feet. The plan . . . to spend several days up at high elevation — sleeping, hiking, caving — to get acclimated to it. So when we arrive in Yosemite, at 7,500 feet, it won’t kick our asses nearly as bad.

Our view from a day hike.
White River Camping

And then we got to go caving again with Ken Headrick. He meet up with us after work and took us into Groaning Cave, Colorado’s longest cave at 10 miles, for a short 2.5-hour trip.
Groaning Cave

Groaning Cave
Another photo of Ken.

And the sexy entrance!!
Groaning Cave

12.31.2009

Sótano de la Golondrinas
Mexico Caving Day 9
Took a photo of the low side of Sótano de la Golondrinas (1,150 feet) while waiting for my turn to rappel into the massive pit. This time we visited the pit with a large group of people, which was not the idea situation. Over 10 rappelled down, and then spent hours exploring the bottom, before I got my chance. No one climbed. So when Chris and I hit the bottom, we had a quick snack and then hopped on rope, being the good team players we are.

Sótano de la Golondrinas
My view about 400 feet from the top.

Sótano de la Golondrinas
Chris derigs the high side of Golondrinas.

12.27.2009

Cascadas de Tamul
Mexico Caving Day 5
Sonya Erickson rappels over the lip alongside of the 300-foot waterfall called Cascadas de Tamul.

Cascadas de Tamul
The view while rappelling on the side of the waterfall.

Cascadas de Tamul
The limestone-rich water was fantasy colored. The stream was lined with dark pink flowers and lots of green, exotic trees. It was straight out of a book, a live elvish landscape!

12.26.2009

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Mexico Caving Day 4
Here’s the sophisticated sign we found when we returned to Hoya de las GuaGuas after a 2-year hiatus.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Jeff Dunn rappels the high side of the 668-foot entrance pit.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
Looking up at a rappeller on the high side of the pit.

Hoya de las GuaGuas
What it looks like on the bottom . . . a mini Mexican forest. The huge black space on the right is another 600-footish pit that gets you into the cave. We did not go down, as we’ve been told the loose rocks on the slope are very dangerous.

12.19.2009

Virginia Snow Storm
It was 6:30 in the morning, and we awoke to snow. A lot of snow, on the morning we were supposed to leave for Mexico in the Jeep! Luckily, we packed it night before with all of our caving and camping gear. We had decided to sleep in our own bed for one more night, rather than hit the road at midnight. It took us 10 hours to drive to Bristol, entirely in 4-wheel drive. Normally the drive takes 4 hours.