Monday, August 10, 2009

Vacation Photos: Day One

Hello! How has everyone been? I've missed being in touch and am happy to be back! :)

This week I'm going to post some pictures from our vacation. We flew from Florida to Salt Lake City and met my parents, who flew from Ohio, in the airport. The 4 of us shared a rental car and drove about an hour east, to Kamas, Utah, in the Unita Mountain Range. We stayed in a B&B for a week, mostly rock climbing cliffs in the Uintas. While Salt Lake City enjoyed summer temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s, we hiked and climbed in mid-70s at around 10,000 feet above sea level.

We got most of our climbing information from the book Uinta Rock by Nathan Smith and Paul Tusting. We generally went to cliffs where we could hike up the back side and hang a rope, before climbing the face.

During our first full day in Utah, we climbed at Picturesque Cliff. Here are my parents at the top of the cliff, preparing to hang the rope:
Here's a close-up of the anchors for a top-rope:
There was a perfect spot for picture-taking on a separate cliff to the side, so we got our most dramatic shots on the first day. Here I am climbing the arete (corner). (The bright pink top gives me away!)
And here's my Dad, near the top of the same climb:

My husband and I don't get out on real rock very often (very few mountains in Florida), so the first few outdoor climbs are always very intense (i.e., scary). But the rock was excellent and the climbs were a blast!

I hope everything has been well for all of you! I'm looking forward to catching up on your blogs...and I hope you don't mind a week of vacation photo posts. Hey, it could be worse - it could be a 2-tray slide show after dinner at our house! ;)


Tee said...

wow, you are adventurous! I'm a city girl and have never dreamed of doing anything like that! Glad you had a great time, and I missed you.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a great time!

Unknown said...

Looks gorgeous, glad you had a great time! Welcome home!

gwensews said...

Welcome home. I get dizzy just looking at those photos!

Summerset said...

Looks like you had a great time. Yes, much better than the trays of slides!!!

Christine said...

I personally LOVE your vacation photos! :)