desert heat & red rock climbing

IMG_1861-001 {southern Utah: St. George}

IMG_1863 In this desert city we were fighting 110 degree heat, so even getting up with the sun only bought us a few hours to climb! Before we knew it, the scorching sun was heating up that gorgeous rusty-red rock.IMG_1867-001 We took my sister-in-law (and her hubby) rock climbing in southern Utah, before heading back to SF. Since it was their first time climbing outside, I did a lot of this^^ (belaying). My hands got so dirty from our rope! Almost time for a new one.
IMG_1869 IMG_1880That red rock is so delicious, you really cannot call yourself a climber until you’ve climbed on it.
IMG_1885 Megan is tiny and strong (this mama of 3 does Crossfit several times a week!), so she pretty much muscled her way up there like she’d been a climber her whole life. It took me a whole year before I climbed like that! I really need to hit the weights again…. ever since Taiwan & Hong Kong, I’ve gotten completely out of my routine. I’ve been so busy with weddings and guests and vacay’s and packing that it still feels like I JUST BARELY got home from Asia!! I honestly don’t know where the months have gone. Hopefully after the move, I’ll be back in sync with lifting & working out. Anyway…back to packing!

hugs, hanalei

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exploring part II: into the caves

foggydress_caves1foggydress_caves5Caves are cool (pun intended) getaways to hot, dry dessert days. The first cave we explored was an ice cave…I guess this used to be the perfect place for travelers and pioneers to store their food, since the ice never fully melted.

foggydress_caves The rock inside this cave was absolutely gorgeous!foggydress_caves4foggydress_caves6foggydress_caves2We dived into several caves…don’t forget your flashlight!foggydress_caves8
foggydress_caves7 This last cave we explored was damp and dark. What happened was, long ago hot lava used to run through tubes of an ancient volcano. What’s been left behind are these dark, endless caves formed in volcanic rock. IMG_1663foggydress_caves9Even with a flashlight, you couldn’t see much! My little nieces and nephews were beside themselves with excitement…not even as scared as I was…foggydress_caves11foggydress_caves12foggydress_caves13 Hope you’re having lots of explorations wherever you are!   ~hugs, hanalei