Every May my audiology group typically does a humanitarian trip. In past we have gone to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. This year, the trip ended up falling through due to all the turmoil in Mexico-- so we opted to do audiology-volunteer work at a school in Moab for a couple days. Truthfully, the volunteer work only took us a matter of hours. So the rest of the time we played!
The first day we all hiked to the famous Arch (my first time seeing it actually!).
Some of the students in a rock window, the famous arch on Utah's license plates and more of the group as we worked our way up.
The next day we chose whether to go regular hiking or canyoneering. I am so happy I decided to go canyoneering with Liz and all the boys. It was ridiculously fun! In case any of you don't know what canyoneering is (as I didn't)- let me tell you... it is a riot! Basically, canyoneering is getting through a canyon by walking, scrambling, etc. and using rappel gear to descend once you get to the top. Beau and Chris were our "secret-taking-the-backroad-trail" guides, and they fulfilled their promise to get us home in one piece. With the help of the men as an occasional step stool for the girls (hey- I'm only 5'3!), we all hiked/crawled/boosted/jumped/lifted our way up to the highest point in Arches National Park-- Elephant Butte.
Liz and I were pretty proud of ourselves. We were the only girls to brave the 4 hr hike!
The canyoneering group (minus me, the picture-taker, of course).
The view from the top of the world (or at least the top of Arches National Park). Us signing the register to proclaim we made it to the TOP!
Me rappelling down-- woo! I'm the tiny pink dot so look closely. Wow, what an amazing rush!
On the second rappel, we decided to flip upside down half way. Some of us (Liz) had some great shots!
Others struggled a little to get all the way upside down, not naming any names (Beau and Dr. Larsen). It was quite the hilarious scene to observe.
I highly recommend canyoneering to anyone that gets the chance. It was a blast and hope Mike and I can do it together soon!