Feeling Free in Utah

Me: “Do you think I can do this?

 

Husband: “I think you can do anything now.”

 

I recently returned from a week-long adventure in, and around Escalante, Utah. My husband and I flew to meet our, now Californian – but forever Midwesterners at heart, friends in Las Vegas.  We rented a Santa Fe and hit the open road.

Road trips (loud music, non-stop storytelling, laughing until it hurts, windows down, and expansive views of canyons) are soul-filling.

We wanted an off-the-beaten-path adventure so we chose Bureau of Land Management (“BLM land”) as our playground.  Coyote Gulch in Glen Canyon was our first destination.  She did not disappoint!

We knew that a “class 5 scramble” would be part of our entry/exit to Coyote Gulch, but honestly I had no idea what that meant.  We also knew that we had to carry out ALLLL of our own waste.  I DID know what that meant….yikes.

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Ultimately, I learned that facing my fears of climbing up and down huge steep cliffs and packing out your fecal matter is worth the adventure.

We had FUN.  Face-hurts-from-smiling-and-energy-rush-from-challenges FUN.

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I “scrambled” down a cliff in between two giant rocks that I could barely fit through.

I climbed up a steep rock that had three ominously placed climbing ropes anchored somewhere beyond sight.  

My husband didn’t think I would do it.   I didn’t think I would do it.

The sight of those three ropes hanging from a cliff literally took my breath away.

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The only other option was hiking 7 more miles….  I mustered up the courage, took a LOT of deep breaths, tried not to attach to my fear, and just went for it without overthinking it.

I can hardly believe I did it.  It was such a rush.

After that hike out we went to a beautiful day hike called Devil’s Garden.   A whimsical little place filled with “hoodoo” rock formations that you can climb all over.  At the base of one of the steep hoodoos, I asked my husband if he thought I could scramble up it – he replied that I didn’t need his reassurance anymore: “I think you can do anything now”.

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Photo By Bailey Aro Photography

Photo By Bailey Aro Photography

Bryana Cook and, her husband, Dan Ryan live and play in Longville, MN.  Bryana is a yoga teacher/business owner (Northern Namaste Yoga & Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreats) and social worker. Dan is a local fishing guide (Dan Ryan Guide Service) and environmental educator.  Together they make a point of living a life they enjoy in an area they love.  Lake country provides endless opportunities for fun. When not near a lake, you may find Bryana and Dan making maple syrup, playing with the dogs, hiking, traveling, or chopping wood and moving it around.

 

 

 

 

***P.S.  If you're like me... you are pretty depressed about this January-like weather in April.  I revisited by first blog article, Radical Self-Care in Winter, and found my own thoughts helpful.  Now I just need to listen to myself...  Here it is.