Saturday, April 25, 2015


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We couldn't leave Arizona without doing something adventurous, so one morning we decided to hike up Camelback mountain.  There are two trails to get to the top- one that is described as semi-strenuous and one that is described as easy.  The parking lot to the semi-strenuous trail was full that morning, so we headed for the easy one.  Looking back, that was one of the greatest blessings of my young life.  We eventually found some street parking and hiked to the "easy" trail head.

It started with manageable steps, but soon turned to tiny trails and climbing over rocks with no real "path" to follow.

The sun was brutally hot, we were so thirsty- but first, let me take a selfie.

The top kept looking farther and farther away and for a while I was convinced the mountain was growing taller as we climbed.

After about an hour and half, we finally made it to the top.  Two 24 oz bottles of water is not near enough for hiking in the desert, by the way.  I think I sweat at least 64 oz, so let that be a lesson.

2,700 feet.  Not bad for two sea level rookies!  

Please take note of the shirtless man looking at his watch right behind Jacob's left hand.  Yes, there were crazies up there running up the mountain.  For exercise.  
Simmer down, weirdos!

But the view was pretty incredible.  

And here is the part where Jacob almost got translated by a heavenly visitor.  False alarm, it was the guy next to him that was taken up to the heavens.  Close call.

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