After a long trip, a few of us went hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument!
As we strolled along the trail, the views were truly 360. However, once the pathway ended, we decided to walk along a creek/stream/river that either once flowed with water or sporadically flows today. Regardless, walking through the rocks was quite fun even though it probably was not the greatest for my shoes, feet, and knees.
Near the middle of the hike, Pat, Katherine, Professor Guse, and I hiked up a mountain and made it to a cave. Professor Guse showed some great rock climbing skills as he quickly and easily made it into the cave. Pat and Katherine made their way into the cave as well, just slightly less swiftly than the professor. When it was my turn, I knew that either I just did not have the necessary upper body strength or lacked the will to quickly pull myself up such a steep slope. Eventually, Professor Guse laid on his stomach with Pat grabbing hold of his legs to pull me up. Finally, I was able to get into the small cave.
I must admit that looking out at the scenery from the cave was truly a great experience and a wonderful way to cap off the fun and memorable trip to Arizona.
(P.S. the picture above is the view from the cave.)