Canyoning!

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first time rappelling...

Went canyoning today in the beautiful Minakami. Definitely a place I can't wait to go back, got the gears turning for the nest trip this summer. This time it was just a daytrip for canyoning with MWR (Morale, Welfare, Rec), which was cool cause I got to sit on a bus and they got me there while I slept. The uncool part was that there was a vote as to what course we would do, and thing didn't turn out so great for me. Basically, the choices were a pretty easy chutes and little waterfall type course, a technical course with a lot of rope work, and the big waterfalls course. The choice made was the technical and big falls, starting with the technical. Unfortunately for me, it require one hell of a hike through this crazy muddy and steep trail, and with the higher elevation and trying to keep up with the group I ended up having an asthma attack before even getting into the water! Uh! I eventually managed to make it to the river, but being out of breath and jittery from the asthma meds didn't help the process.

Unsure footing on slippery rock makes for a worrisome time. Anyways, I did get to do some rapelling, which I totally sucked at but eventually got, and jumped off a couple of fun cliffs. Got some major rope burn on my knuckles from the way-to-tiny, made-for-Japanese gloves that I could barely squeeze my giant man hands into. The first course really took it out of me though, I couldn't even get down any lunch (a bad sign for me... especially after all that climbing and crawling around). I ended up passing on the 2nd course, which was the one I really wanted to do, which I'm partly bummed at myself even though I know it probably wouldn't have been a good idea (haha... well, a lot of what I do isn't a good idea).

So I literally crashed with no recollection of the world for 2 hours on one of the outdoor picnic tables, and felt a little better afterwards.

got here after rappelling off 2 and jumping off 1 waterfall :)
I went down and sat by the river for a little bit before it started to rain and my group got back. It was so quiet and peaceful, a rare moment of solitude, something that seems impossible in this country. I geuss it's easy to take for granted how big the US is, and how easy it is to find those empty spaces you get to yourself, something I've come to realize I value and crave.

The ride back was fun, if for the sole reason that we watched "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" on the bus. :)

(pictures soon... too tired right now...)

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first time rappelling...
first time rappelling...
got here after rappelling off 2 an…
got here after rappelling off 2 a…
chillaxin by the river after canyo…
chillaxin by the river after cany…
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