Sunday, January 17, 2010

Finally....The end...well sort of

A quick sum up of the last couple months of the trip- After Las Cruces NM and trying out our first multipitch climb we decided to check out a climbing area in Southern Arizona called Isle of You. The name made it real interesting to try to ask about directions, Isle....OF...You. The place was fantastic- although the climbing was pretty tricky cause it was on granite. All in all great weather, great clouds, and great sunsets.

Itty bitty Emilie taking in the sunset on top of a long climb called pay day.

Even ittier bittier Michael. I think this is on a 10 called Stone Woman.

Mary making her way up Kit kat- the picture doesn't really show how much she's shaking. Not because she's terrified of the climb but because only a few minutes earlier I nearly squashed her with a giant boulder as I was coming down from the top. She was letting me down from the climb, my toe bumped a loose rock, and this boulder the size of our dog came tumbling down the cliff. Luckily, Mary had the wherewithal to move out of the way and still hold on to me. Thanks Mary!

Mike on what I think is a 9+ thingamajig-Are you catching the theme here- the wall is called Sweet Rock. Some of our other favorites were pop rocks and hot tamale.

Mike and Mary thought I was crazy when I was saying there are colors in the clouds, but now I've got proof.

Mike and Goonie heading home to the van

The moon lit up the whole campsite, and reflected very nicely off the hood of Mary's car- I mean a giant lake in the desert

After we had our fill at Isle of you we decided to head towards Tuscon, we didn't want to be anywhere too crowded since it was Easter weekend, but we wanted to be close to a city so we could fly in and get all the good sales on the Easter candy the next day. We found a place that was quiet, and filled with cows, but had a really nice sunset/clouds combo.

The dogs thought it was great that there were cattle running about and spent most of a day trying to herd them out of our campsite. Here Mary is trying to herd the dogs back to us.

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