Summer thus far
The first half of the summer is pretty nuts around here. I do biological surveys for a living, which means that the slow winters of almost no work quickly turns into 60+ hour weeks.
Western Colorado is quite rich in endemic plant species, some of which exist only in a several-mile radius.
Most people go places for scenic value or for solitude. Having some understanding of the natural history of an area can transform somewhere seemingly bland into some pretty special places.
When the aim is having my eyes open to everything around me rather than getting from point A to B, I see things that I usually miss while on backpacking trips.
Weekends have been full as well, and packrafting has been the perfect early summer activity when the canyons are getting a bit warm and buggy and mountain access can still be sketchy.
Checking out some cliffs on the Gunnison
Southern Utah’s isolated mountain ranges are insanely awesome.
The only days since mid-May not spent outside at work or adventuring on weekends were spent with good friends in Pittsburgh, where we still did some climbing.
…and a bit of relaxin…
On another boating trip, every desert noob’s worst nightmare was realized and our friend actually got stung by a scorpion while she was sleeping. I’ve always thought (and still do) that that was a completely irrational and dumb fear, but I guess now I’ll have to acknowledge that it happened once.
There was also another particularly great packraft/hike that deserves its own post….stay tuned…
This weekend, rest.