Give a Little Bit (Supertramp)
This song can make me smile every time I listen to it, as it did this morning on my drive to work :)
Well, I depart at 5am on Sunday for the grandest of canyons with my wonderful boyfriend Justin and our friends Austen and Felix (all three of whom are geology nerds, so I couldn't be in better company). The word 'excited' does not even begin to express what I am feeling! Although I've tried not to compare my National Park trips (nothing will ever top Yellowstone in October ... ), I have high expectations for this particular outing. It's one thing to take a driving tour of the South Rim only to stretch your legs on the occasional road-side overlook (who does that?), but it is quite another to hike into the backcountry - in this case, a mile-deep gorge - and spend four nights of your life in the midst of it all. According to the Lonely Planet guide on the Grand Canyon, 'It goes without saying that the best way to see the staggeringly magnificent landscapes within the canyon is to hike right into them ... If you like challenging terrain, gape-worthy scenery and absolute serenity, plan an overnight hike into the canyon. There's simply no substitute for experiencing the Grand Canyon in the heart of its vast backcountry'. Check.
In the meantime, below are several photos taken during recent trips (each as amazing as the next!) ...
Grand Tetons, Wyoming in early October, 2009
Bryce Canyon, Utah in mid-January, 2010
White Sands, New Mexico in mid-March, 2010
Glacier, Montana in late June, 2010