It was a really cold winter. Fortunately, this week was an early breath of spring speaking of many good things to come. Longer days and sunshine have lifted my spirits despite soul-crushing midterms and the lack of a spring break.
The temperature today was in the 70’s and everyone seemed to be better for it. It seemed wrong not to take advantage of the beautiful weather. So after school, my husband Isaac and I headed to Rock Canyon just 5 minutes away from my university for our first climb of the year. I started climbing about 2 1/2 years ago when Isaac and I first met. I’m afraid of heights and I feel queasy whenever I reach the top of a pitch and have to hang out there. But I love being outside and there are few better ways to enjoy it.
We did two cruiser pitches up the Red Slab and then Ed and Terry’s. The Red Slab was completely covered with people but we were the only ones on Ed and Terry’s face. I took the picture above with my phone while Isaac and I hung out at the top of the second pitch. It’s nothing special but I love that view. Below is the Utah Valley and Utah Lake. Rock canyon is a great place to easily access the outdoors, and yet amazingly most people never think to explore their own backyards. I used to be one of those people, and I’m so grateful for Isaac’s sense of adventure. I guess in a selfish way it’s a good thing that more people don’t get out. It keeps Rock Canyon the outdoors for me and Isaac. Still, I think living happens outside of walls. The world doesn’t start on a trip or in some far, exotic place. It starts out your front door.