Earthy crunchy

18 Mar

Well, I’m off to the Grand Canyon in t-minus 2 hours!  Hard to believe I’ll be standing on a cliff looking out and down at miles and miles of sand and rock.  When you see pictures of it and think about visiting, I don’t think you really fathom the immensity and epic-ness of this natural phenomenon.  Going through the daily rut of classes and work at a suburban university, it’s hard to visualize all of a sudden being in the middle of such an out-of-this-world place.  Nevertheless, in just a few short hours, I’ll be in the car on my way to Utah and Arizona for a week-long backpacking trip with the Northwestern Outdoors Club.  We’ll be stopping in Moab, Utah, first for a rafting trip down the Colorado River and a hiking trip in Canyonlands National Park.  Then, it’s off to the south rim of the Grand Canyon for more hiking.

I’ve never been on this long of a camping trip, and I’ve never gone backpacking like this so it should be an interesting and amazing adventure!  As my mom can attest, we should become an official sponsor for REI because of all the gear I had to get for this trip, but I know that it will be a priceless experience.  The week will kick my butt physically (thanks France for the laziness and carbs) and push me mentally, but I couldn’t be more excited!  And it’ll check two more national parks off my bucket list, so I got that going for me, which is nice.  (Caddyshack? Anyone? Bueller?)

A week to forget about classes, exams, internships, grad schools, and jobs.  A week to push myself, meet new people, and expand my horizons (becoming even more earthy crunchy; although, I’m not sure I want to hug any cacti…).  I’ll take it.

In light of my backpacking excursion, here are some of my favorite nature pics from my semester abroad.

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