We got up early that morning, backpacks and water bottles in tow, and were picked up by two awesome Paragon Adventures guides and driven out to a wilderness area south of St. George, where it is a really good thing no one informed me that we were going to climb to the top of Camelback Mountain. I would never have signed up for it if I'd realized it was going to be that challenging--but I'm SO GLAD I didn't know, because it was AMAZING. Ah-MAZ-zing!! I am really proud of myself for making it.
Much of it was "just" walking over relatively mild terrain, but even just walking is an adventure when you are a sit-at-home-mom like me and the altitude is high and going higher with each step. I was huffin' and puffin' during parts of it, let me tell you, and struggling with dizziness and a little nausea. But the views! My goodness. Everywhere you looked there were both big and small things to drink in. The recent rains had caused some really cool pools and a lot of gorgeous desert flowers, and we even saw critter tracks in the softened sand. And the geology was just astounding--all those different types of rock, and such strange natural formations.
Nothing like being on a mountain top... it was perfectly exhilarating, just an absolutely quiet and pristine high desert morning. I kept thinking, "My Dad would be so proud if he could see me right now!"
I didn't worry too much about taking photos because the trip included a CD with a couple hundred, so that was really nice. We will definitely be planning another adventure with Paragon if I ever get to go back to this area. Will have to try really hard to earn myself a spot in the Top 100 Demonstrators again!
I'll admit, I was very ready to be done, though, by the time we climed back up the last hill to the vehicles! I enjoyed God's creation immensely, but this city girl needed to sit a bit! But there was more adventure to come--my first time ziplining!!!
It was totally awesome! I loved it and wanted to go again right away. It was a little freaky waiting for my turn and then sitting on the edge of the cliff wall with my legs dangling out over nothing. But the instant--the instant--they let me go and I sailed out, I was totally relaxed and I even broke the death grip I had on the rope and waved at the others, then twisted around and waved at the ones waiting on the other end of the line (as I was rushing through the air straight at the canyon wall. But they stop you in time). It was super fun and that will definitely not be my last time ziplining!
I hope you've enjoyed my posts about the trip YOU guys made possible! I appreciate every single person who hosted a party, placed an order, ordered online, and signed up to start their own stamping adventure this last year. I am incredibly grateful for the mind-blowing experiences I've enjoyed on this and other Stampin' Up incentive trips! I'll return to posting mostly stamp pictures now, but I'll try to remember to snap a pic of the thank-you card I made for Shelli and the Events Team before I put it in the envelope. I will never forget this fabulous trip!