In the heart of everything: Three days in Aravaipa Canyon

I get asked why I started this blog a lot. I never really have an answer, but I usually respond that this blog has one cardinal rule: don’t take yourself too seriously. Hiking is fun. Camping is fun. Nearly everything we do outside is fun, but nearly all the writing about these things are oppressively self-serious. And I guess that’s why I write all this, because I wanted someplace, somewhere on the internet to reflect the fact that when I’m outside with my friends I’m usually making completely inappropriate jokes, not philosophizing on why nature is important.

But for all the funny memes I can make (for example, here, here, and here), this eventually puts you in a box. Some trips aren’t funny or bight. Nature isn’t always loud; sometimes it is soft, and subtle. Now, if you’re me, and you try to write something about a trip like that you are left with a choice: do you write about the trip the way it was, or the way you wanted it to be? And, if you are going to take the subtle, quite approach, how do you capture  a place like that without stepping all over it?

I don’t know the answers to any of this, but I’m going to try. Last week I spent three days in Aravaipa Canyon, and I have nothing snarky to say about it. I do, however, have some pictures for you instead.


 

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Max Wilson is a graduate student studying ecology at Arizona State University. You can follow him on twitter @maxomillions.

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13 thoughts on “In the heart of everything: Three days in Aravaipa Canyon

  1. Great pictures of an amazing place. I enjoy your instagram posts but in this case, I belive these untouched pictures describe better the tranquility of the place and how beautiful this place really is. Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, so much! I always fight with myself about adding extra pizzazz to the Instagram photos– on one hand people seem to really like the ones with “pop,” and on the other the edits can take away from the sense of place. It’s really good to know someone out their perfers the originals!

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