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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