Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Death Valley, Part II- Surprise Canyon

A couple nights after we arrived in Death Valley, we decided to hike up to Panamint City, an old and very abandoned mining town.  

This little part of Death Valley is special and very unique.
It is lush and green and full of flowing water.

Our plan was to hike up to the old city, set up camp, and hike down the following morning.
Unlike our Hawaiian adventure (found herehere and here) this was a piece of cake with only a few minor setbacks.

The primary setback being losing our camera somewhere along the trail and Aaron having to retrace our steps to find it.  
Annoying, but  nothing life and death.

We finally arrived at this eerie ghost town about an hour before sundown.
I was exhausted and all I could think was,

1. My boobs are frozen,
2. Mac n Cheese

Before either of these issue could be solved we had a decision to make- 
sleep in the tent outside,
or, sleep in one of the little cabins (which actually had wood burning fireplaces).

We decided to sleep in the cabin- 
after all, there was snow on the ground.

Aaron got the fire started and I attended to my frozen boobs.
Here was the problem-  I had sweat so much that my sports bra was soaked through.
During lunch, while sitting and working out only my mouth, my body cooled down.
Although we has at least two more hours of hiking after eating lunch, my boobs never warmed up completely.

I was frozen.

So ladies, what did I learn from this?
1.  Women have it so much harder than men.
2. Sports bras suck.
3. Hiking in a supportive bathing suit top is best. 

We ate as soon as possible,
and got to work setting up or beds.

There was no mattress.
Only a crooked double box spring.

The cabin was infested with little mice, so sleeping on the floor wasn't an option.
Box spring it would be...

All night, I lay in my sleeping bag listening to the little mice squeak and run across the floor.
The fiance slept like a rock, I did not.

I instantly decided we would stay in a hotel the following night.

And that is exactly what we did!


Overall Surprise Canyon was amazing! And I highly recommend taking this little side trip if you ever find yourself spending some time in Death Valley.

I warn you- unless you love burning to death, do not even try this hike unless it is the winter time.
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Mo (New on U) said...

You definitely deserved a night in a hotel after dealing with frozen boobs AND the hawaii hike. After that, your man is lucky that you ever went hiking with him again!

Looks like a beautiful spot!

Leah said...

Wow, amazing!! That cabin reminds me of something from "Into The Wild".

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Melanie said...

HAhaa.. frozen boobies, & mac n cheese! You make me laugh!

What a beautiful place to take pictures. Gorgeous!

Sammantha said...

This looks like so much fun, I had a great time living vicariously through you the past five minutes, haha

Alyx said...

Oh my goodness. I wouldn't have slept, either! But you survived and your reward was a hotel! Win!

Stephanie said...

These pictures are AMAZING! What a great trip!

Brittany said...

Sounds like a real experience!! haha

Shaylynn... Bloggin Fool. said...

Frozen boobs & mac n' cheese, I gotta say my dear..I will most likely never hear those comparrisons again in my lifetime. But it was hilarious.

The mice. oh gross.

Those pictures are all so beautiful.

In regards to hiking.. its always best that someone else does it.. :)

paperpocket said...

I thought I was the only one! My Mister just does not understand...every wild trek and camp we do...my boobs are frozen/stupidly warm/frakking sweaty! Oh finally the truth reveals itself!

I've never had the trouble of mice running across the floor of a cabin. Although once during a trek across Dartmoor, UK, we set up camp only to be woken by a troop of the British army crawling out of the woodland around us...Turned out we'd camped in the spot where they usually stop, which meant they had to continue on to their next camp (!). We'd only camped there because there were signs of previous campfire... I felt awful for them!

Heather said...

the frozen boobs do NOT sound fun! nor do the mice! scary! overall looks like fun :) I made my way over from Shane's blog and wanted to say hello!

marie said...

Hiking I like, camping I do not. A frozen sports bra sounds horrible! Good call on the hotel.

happily ever fter said...

Did some camping last year, rained the entire time. Hope you enjoy your hotel and mac& cheese.

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

Gosh - the views are breathtaking!!

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