Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Zions, Bandana Babies, and Canyoneering

A couple of weeks ago, we took a fun outdoors-y trip to Zions with Danny, Ashley, Maddy, and Drew. The first night there we all hiked to this pretty little (teeny tiny) waterfall. (We also saw deer just chillin' 3 feet away from us on the way up!)

The next day the boys headed out at 10am for their canyoneering adventure. I didn't know what canyoneering was either, and after hearing it was just like the movie 127 hours, I was 100% against it! (127 hours is about a guy that goes canyoneering (repelling down huge rocks into water) by himself in Moab, UT and gets stuck. For 127 hours. A huge boulder falls on his arm, and the only way for him to get out is to cut.it.off! True story!) Sounds chill, right?
The only comfort I found in the whole trip was that Drew (our little Deputy Sheriff ;) has been canyoneering TONS before, and he told us he wouldn't let the boys do anything they couldn't handle.
Well, here they are:

In the meantime, Ash and I hiked around with our babies, which was super fun and super tiring! (Those girls get heavy after a while!) We worried about the boys all.day.long! But they told us if they didn't get back by 7pm to call the Rangers (comforting, right?!) .... At least knowing the name of the canyon they were in, and knowing Rangers could go dig them out was a teeny bit comforting.

Ash and I got back to the hotel at 5pm, stressed until 6:30pm, and then searched the internet for the Ranger's number. We waited til 7pm. Still no one.
Ahhhhhh! 7pm was our "freak out" time.
Of course we're both imagining the worst! So we called. (Last time I called 911, I was 4 years old playing "house" with my cousin. Pretend emergencies count, right?) I was so nervous!!
Well, they sent out their Rangers to find their car, called back and said it was still at the end of the trail aka they hadn't left the canyon yet. THEY WERE STUCK!!!

Alright, so we all know they're alive and well. They walked through the hotel door 5 minutes later. Why did it take so long? Oh, because Drew was teaching two newbies, and one of the two got into little predicaments along the way..... ;) They had a blast!

It was a SUPER fun trip. We're excited to go back and hike the rest of the trails.
Also: The boys' newest "favorite" hobby: canyoneering. Thanks Drew :D


  1. I would be super super nervous too!!!!! Especially because of that movie!!! I'm glad that they're alive and well. Looks like a very fun trip! I haven't been hiking in a really long time!

  2. Oooh, that last picture is so cute! You're so good at telling stories. I'm glad that made it back alive!

  3. Looks like a beautiful and memorable hike!

  4. Aww I didnt even see this post! It was so fun, and I loved how EVERYONE we passed asked if they were twins haha. Fun times!