Homicidal Hikes

Well hello there! Don't mind me, I'm just tree posing on a ledge that looks over a 200 foot drop down into a rocky river. No biggie.
Haha, so on Tuesday, I went on a hike with my friend, Caleb, to Pillar Falls. I had no idea this even existed, much less so close to where I live! Of course, he would know about it though, because this is what he lives to do. The joke is that he's half squirrel - he can easily scramble up and climb just about anything. So I tagged along, not knowing what I was in for at all. Which is good, because if I did, I may have been more reluctant to go.
For one thing, this hike involved scaling great heights. It starts with an extremely steep decline that you slide and surf down on the slippery gravel and dirt, before after a mile, you finally get a bit of a relief. From there, it levels out into this beautiful rocky expanse, where the "pillars" rise out of the ground. There's one in particular that you can climb since someone so graciously tied a rickety, metal ladder to the side! All you have to do is scale some boulders and hoist yourself up onto this precarious ledge to climb it...
At first, I was hesitant in accomplishing such a feat...but with some encouragement and observing on where I could put my feet, I decided to go for it. I'm so glad I did, because once I reached the top, a fantastic view awaited me. Plus, I got to tree pose on a ledge and pretend I was fearless. It was a great feeling!
While hiking around these rocks, a leaping figure caught our attention. I urged Caleb to catch it, and he did, although the little guy kept trying to escape. Cupping my hands, I held them out to take the baby Prince Charming from him. Although he'd been scrambling to escape from Caleb's hand, once nestled in my palm, he suddenly relaxed. He remained perfectly calm and content, to the point where I had to reluctantly tell him we had to part ways before sending him on his way. 
All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend my free time before I was trapped inside for a summer class (night time Astronomy class, yay!).
Albeit, the hike back up just about killed me. As I said later, the hike started off with me saying, "He's trying to kill me," which turned into: "Screw that, I'm going to kill him!" by the end. Haha, so here's to more homicidal hikes this summer!

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
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Danny said...

you look so happy! I would love to do something like that, nature activities are awesome :)

Nikoline schalck lunøe said...

Aww, such a cute little frog ;)

Kim Alston said...

These photos take my breath away! How thrilling!

Jackie said...

Wow, these are some amazing photos!! It looks like the perfect day. I really love a good hike (and hope to do that on a trip I'm taking in a few weeks)!

xo Jackie
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Rory said...

This looks so fun (and also so difficult, damn)! I continue to be impressed by you! Also you took some pretty sweet pics. Did you lug your camera up there with you, or are these with a smartphone? Either way you go girl!!

Chezka Cenon said...

Wow girl, that looks amazing and adventurous, and so much fun! You should take me there and I can pose like a tree too, hahhahaha!

- Che

Sarah P said...

Oh my, the view is absolutely beautiful but I'll admit I would be scared about falling, especially as I am so clumsy!

Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

Charlotte Hawrylak said...

That looks like a fantastic trip and the weather looks really lovely too! xx

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Carla Florendo said...

you're right, it's totally normal to pose up on the mountains, no biggie! haha... i think it's so much fun. i haven't gone hiking in a while which reminds me... we actually have some decent hiking trails here in Macau with good views too.. now why haven't i thought of taking photos up there? haha hmmm

xo, Carla

Marlen said...

Aaaahhh this place looks SO amazing, I wanna try!! I never thought I was a hiker but apparently I am, and I really like the hard ones where you have to scale stuff. And that rickety ladder literally made me laugh out loud- talk about looking precarious. I love the pictures you snapped- especially the one of you in the alcove and looking out on the kayaks. So pretty!

xo marlen
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lucia m said...

amazing photography!

New post on the blog!

erica marie said...

Wow!! You go girl. That hike sounds intense!! Loving that shot of you doing the tree look super fearless. Love it!

xo erica

Toks said...

The place looks so amazing and I think you are really brave to attempt climbing that ladder. I think I would take a rain check on that one hahaha.
About the Venus post. You didn't offend me at all Linda, please don't think that!!! I was just saying that in Europe it's just the same as in the States and the Venus razors sell like wildfire. Sorry if it came over the wrong way :) :)

Hoda Katebi said...

Ahhh oh my gosh! That is so brave! The 4th to last photo where you're sitting on a tiny ledge (aside from the fact that how in the world did you get to that spot!?) my heart dropped a little bit--that looks so terrifying! Haha glad you made it out alive ;) I do this in Iran whenever I go, and it's always so exciting!

<(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

Kati said...

Thanks for your lovely words on my last post!
I love these images - the place looks so beautiful!

Have a great day,

Lou Sanchez said...

Awww I want to go there. What a breath taking place!

Lou of,

Maiken said...

mmm, I like the sound of that trip! and once again I'm happy to see the nature and surroundings you guys have there. it's just so different from what we here in Estonia have. so yeah, such a cool post and such wonderful views! thanks for sharing, Linda.. and making me want to go on a trip too ;)

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czarianonuevo said...

what a fantastic experience you had! omg, the view is indeed amazing :) the efforts in hiking are worthy! glad you made it!

i'm really interested in your night time Astronomy class, hope our university here offers that class too :)

czarina <3

By The Shore, Life + Style said...

We did the same this weekend... headed into the great outdoors and enjoyed ourselves an awesome walk/hike. Exept, eeep, I'll admit I'm pretty terrified of heights. You're brave girl! And that frog, so darn adorable. Hope your Monday is off to a stellar start! xo

Amanda chic said...

love it

365HANGERS said...

Wow, gorgeous and sounds like a hike we could not pull off. So impressed!!

xx 365hangers

caffinatedlove said...

Hiking is one of my things but I would have said no to that cliff and that ladder. Good lawd, it looks like it leads into the depths of hell. D:

I'm glad you eventually had fun and decided not to kill anyone. That's always a plus in my book. XD


katie said...

I love that first picture but wow - what a beautiful area! You're getting so awesome with your camera, your landscape shots are looking really professional, you just really captured the beauty around you. You're so brave for climding down that latter, that looks really scary and rickety!

Elsha said...

I swear 50% of the attractions in Idaho are "falls", love the scripture at the end :) It is one of my top 5 favorites

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