August 31, 2005

Morning shower


Before each hike in the hot dry Arizona air, I would lie down in the silty brown river to get my hair and clothes sopping wet. The icy cold water always felt great. Even so, after just a few minutes of hiking, I'd be hot and dry again. "This is just like hiking through a pizza oven," one of the other hikers commented.

Sometimes the canyons were dry and curving, with little stones that crunched under our feet. Non-fiction Writer sometimes brought his flute and would sit on a rock playing, the music echoing throughout the canyon. But often in a side canyon, we were following a creek and the sound of rushing water. I've lost track of how many beautiful waterfalls we saw. I don't have photos of many of them because I found it was hard to bring a camera on hikes that required me to swim through pools and scramble up rocks that looked like water slides.

I love the language of a waterfall, all that churning and tumbling, but on this trip I especially grew to appreciate what it feels like to plunge my hot tired body into all that tumbling clear water.

Note: I'm in this photo. Can anyone guess which one I am?

13 comments:

RevDrMom said...

The one in the middle?

Great pics, btw.

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Love this photo.

BrightStar said...

I think you're the middle one, too.

Pink Cupcake said...

I also think you're the middle one. Such a fantastic photo...

Scrivener said...

Just too easy a question. Great picture, nonetheless.

jo(e) said...

I'm supposed to be anonymous! How is it that you can all pick me out even when I am standing blurrily under a waterfall? Sheesh.

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

You need to stand blurrilier.

Mona Buonanotte said...

It's yer smile, jo(e)! HAS to be you!

Rana said...

Well, one person's a guy, and the other lacks your faboo hair. Process of elimination!

I love how wet and happy all three of you are. I bet that water was _cold_!

halloweenlover said...

I couldn't tell, if it makes you feel better!

What a great picture. I can't imagine getting sopping wet and drying in just a few minutes. That is wild. I envy your trip so much!

Running2Ks said...

Obviously the happy one!

Yankee T said...

Everyone has already guessed. What a great photo!

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