In reflection, there were two things about the book that I really enjoyed.
1) The awesome stories of Harvey exploring some pretty hair raising sections of the canyon.
2) The author's exploration of Harvey's huge obsession with the canyon at the cost of his family.
Because I stick to the trails exploring in the Grand Canyon I am blown away at how he just went for it and explored pretty much where ever he wanted. All a person has to do is take one look down at the many layers of sheer cliffs of the canyon to see how daunting his hikes were.
His obsession was interesting to me because I often struggle with feeling the 'pull of adventure' that he acted on. I may not focus all of my energy exploring in the Grand Canyon but I do put a lot of energy exploring the southwest. I seem to find a better balance of adventure and the rest of life these days than when I was in my twenties but I do still struggle with it at times. After reading this book, I do not ever want to have the 'obsession' that he had and how it alienated those closest to him.
Very good read for us 'adventurers.'
A big thank you to my mom for leaving the book with me to read!
Susan and I met some other Flagstaff folks in Red Rocks near Las Vegas for some climbing over the weekend. It was a good time. We climbed at The Stone Wall at the Second Pullout on Saturday and really enjoyed the 5.10's and 5.11's, sunshine and good company. The second day offered some pretty crappy weather so we "attempted" a hike and then finally gave up and bailed to Trader Joe's for goodies and the drive home.
It was nice to be climbing on a trip again (it had been a while) and Susan and I agreed that driving the loop after a good day of climbing, a celebratory beer and nice sunset was THE special moment of the trip! Good times...we should road trip more.
Oh yeah...another good moment was getting back to Arizona and while pumping gas having a herd of cows walk through the gas station. Classic. Gotta love Arizona.
Last Week Total Miles: 27 miles (a great week for my knee.)
Today: 9 miles (5 miles on the mesa (ice rink running, a bit of snow falling and excellent sunrise! good run) and 4 miles running to work and home twice)