Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Season of Growth, a Season of Change - Parte Uno

More archived photos from last summer... These have made me long for our monsoons!

An ephemeral waterfall in Sabino Canyon above Tram Stop 9... The thrill of discovery, the joy of water in the desert AND rainbows. Can't lose with that stuff!

Jammed Log Pool - Sabino Canyon 2010...I wonder what it looks like this year? I wonder when we'll be able to get in there and find out!

Randy drowning in wildflowers in the Santa Ritas...Be careful, Randy - those columbines are pretty...pretty deadly!Now THAT's a hill!Shadow Wendys...wish I remembered where these were! Ah, the trials of age!

Jake goes a little Frankenstein with his celebration...

A Season of Growth, a Season of Change - Parte Dos

An archived post that never made the blog... Step one of getting the blog back up is to catch up with old friends...

In case you were wondering, scientists, climatologists, and meteorologists seem to have finally come to an agreement that the humid, stormy conditions in Arizona during the late summer are indeed the result of a "monsoon" system. While not every storm that rolls through is technically monsoonal activity, the dramatic increase in humidity is the classic monsoon signature - and blesses us with the joy of sweat and mosquitoes whether the rains come or not. This is why so many Arizonans choose to travel in the late summer months to places with more bearable weather conditions - and why California and Colorado suddenly are bursting at the seams with Zonies seeking just a weekend of solace from the heat!

Tiffani and Mike to an extended tour of California, including some of the most spectacular overlooks in Yosemite. I've been told that the park is still recovering from their visit.

The terrible-two-oh also conquered the coast of Big Sur. While normally not into grey, overcast weather, I have to admit this looks refreshing at the moment!
San Francisco and the Golden Gate really cooled them off... Prompting a "sleeves over cold hands Wendy" - something typically only seen in the winter months.
This is actually an archival Wendy - thrown by Tiffani in 2008, before we'd even met! More evidence of the pose as a universal symbol of "life is good"!

Shannon hit the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California not once but twice this summer - throwing yet another double for the team. After her adventures with the ABC in Kings Canyon last month, she checked out Sequoias in Yosemite, then proudly conquered Half Dome! If you can keep up with her, you're a better man than me!

The Shannon (her own signature hero), The Wendy (proudly thrown by Tyler), and The John. Nothing feels better than the edge of the world!

Summit of Half Dome. Awesome Shannon!
Julia and her friend Jen toured the high country in Colorado along Conundrum Creek. It really does feel like heaven to pull into a beautiful camping spot after a long day on the trail!

Janelle celebrated the glorious standstone formations in Moab in classic style. Some places are just beyond our ability to measure except with our arms thrown wide!
And our latest entry to the Wendy-on-a-rock category, from Tate atop Sniktau Mt. in Colorado.

Angela and Ambika explored a stomping ground much closer to Angela's Montana roots at Glacier National Park. This place was MADE to throw Wendys around - just look at the majesty, at the splendor, at the fun!

And, from our Thailand Branch, Tim and his adventures in the Land of Smiles. It has certainly taught him how to use those cheek muscles!

A mini-Wendy? or a Whisper-Wendy?

His tour guides were excellent sports, don't you think?

Monday, July 19, 2010

The ways that summer inspires us...

It should come as no surprise that my email box is full of photos of people celebrating life out in the wild places of America... It's high summer, which means play time to millions! Even though the heat index in Arizona is reaching "unbearable", there're still dozens of folks out there on the trail and in the mountains, enjoying the best the season has to offer!

This is a "Wendy before we knew what a Wendy was" from Switchflare on the HikeArizona website. This photo is proof that the pose has little to do with personal preference and much more to do with spontaneous exhibitions of joy...

Sirena was lucky enough to have multiple visits to Aravaipa Canyon this season - surrounded by lush trees, fresh water and amazing cliff walls. Yup. It's rough out there!

Rob in Page spends much of his time wandering about the sheer, majestic red cliffs near his home. There's something just so humbling about our own scale compared to that of nature...

There's simply no way I could improve upon Jake's own description: "Half-hippy, half-Richard Nixon"... All Pirate!

And here's my friendly local Hippypunkpirate up on Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff. His second successful summit was not thwarted by wind as his first had been... Of course he had to show his thanks to the weather gods!

Hikergirl and Juliachaos were climbing about the Enchanted it me, or is that strikingly like the beginning of a fairy tale??? Rescue thyselves, fair maidens, from the monotony and boredom of castle life!

The Wendy continues to spread beyond the arid dust of the, Crystal at the Famous and Historic Ma Deeter's in Luzerne Michigan shows the world how she feels about life in Oscoda County! Thanks to my buddy Coanbru for continuing to share the joy...

Jim Lyding shared this one from Mount Spokane State Park in Washington: "Bernhard is my aunt & uncle's neighbor in Coeur d'Alene. He's from Switzerland, and loves hiking as much as any of us". Ya think? Sign 'im up!

The always active and dedicated Angela took Anne out to the Spur Cross area for some exploration of Elephant Mountain. Neither sun, nor heat nor blazing light will keep these ladies from their hike!

Taking the ABC Group to the Channel Islands National Park for two years in a row is AWESOME!

Coming down the Montanon Ridge

Hiking and Camping and Kayaking, oh my!

That was a great ferry ride. Yay for the continent!

This image brought to you care of the letters W and R (for Rincon), as well as the Adobe Photoshop Program!

Shannon does a TRIPLE this month!!! Here on Humpherys, nearly catching flight in the gale force winds as the Schultz fire blazes in her wake!

Here she is in front of Charlotte's Dome in Kings Canyon National Park, doing her "Running Man" - she is a woman of many wonderful poses!

And perhaps our current front runner for Hottie Doin' a Wendy (I'll let you decide which!)
The ABC in Kings Canyon National Park, lovin' the flawless weather and great company - not to mention that it was lunch time!

On the way out of the Sierras, we picked up a through-hiker... No, that's not really like a hitch-hiker, it's more like a regular hiker, only more dedicated, determined and...well...dirty.

And to my brother, who braved the barren wastes to bring you this moment of unfettered joy... Or is he wondering where he left his hat??? ;)

Finally, David teaching a tree in to throw a Wendy in Oak Creek Canyon. This movement cannot be stopped!

The most current map of the Wendy as tracked on (international version coming soon!)

Get out there!