And with that, I give you...
There was a comment Doug Stephens left on my last post. "Another angry bird victim. Will it never end?" And I couldn't agree with him more. I was a VICTIM in this whole thing. My supervisor came up with the idea and I went along at the time, planning on flaking out later, cause sometimes I'm a bad person like that. However, the more excited about the idea she got, the more I came to realize there was no going back. Like a virgin on Prom night, I was in it for the duration. And because I live under a rock, coworkers had to show me what it was all about. I have to be honest here...I still don't get the fuss. I think it's effing stupid. But the cute little monkey in the Rio version gave Candice the perfect opportunity to bring her little monkey to the office. The same little monkey you've heard screaming in the first vlog. He's clearly not a fan of dildo drink mixers. To each their own, I suppose.
|Even angry birds need lovin's! Is an apostrophe appropriate with lovin's?|
Things went relatively smoothly the first couple of days. We did some easy hikes, saw some wildlife, made fun of tourists. Then came Sunday night. The night before Halloween and the night before we were to do the big hike. The whole reason for the trip. The hike to the Subway. That night E2 made a spicy Szechuan stir fry. It was delicious. But holy hell it was painful. We would take a bite. Chew chew chew, swallow. Gasp for life giving air as tears rolled down our cheeks. Gulp some wine and mentally prepare for the next bite. We managed to choke it down and sat back to wait for the burning in our mouths to cease.
It was around this point my stomach started making incredibly loud, odd, angry sounding noises. I whistled a show tune into the air while gazing at the stars and enjoying the fire. La la la I don't hear anything. E2 on the other hand, wasn't about to just let it go.
E2- Are you gonna shit yourself tonight?
Me- Wow. You are SUCH the romantic.
E2- I need to know. I need you to be honest cause I sleep next to you. You wear a thong. It's gonna go out both sides.
I never did answer him and I'm happy to report I did not shit myself. I did, however, pee my pants while trying to stumble into the shrubbery while howling with laughter. Not cool. Not cool at all.
The next morning we got a late start because he decided he wanted to shoot some sunrise pictures before we headed out. He told me I could sleep for another 40 minutes and it was the sweetest thing I had heard all weekend. However, because of the late start, that meant the other hikers who had also acquired permits had a major head start on us. I didn't know until later that this was an issue.
We drive to the trail head and see the parking lot with five other vehicles. We head off down the trail and it's not too bad at all. He had previously warned me this would not be an easy hike. It's 4.5 hours in and then 4.5 to get back out. At this point I'm thinking "Pfft. What kind of wimp does he think I am? I've totally got this. At this rate we'll be there in 2 hours".
After 20 min's of E2's mach 5 pace, I was getting a little winded but it was pretty level so I had no trouble keeping up. Then we came to the sign mockingly stating "You are now entering Zions back country". Wait. WHAT? The actual hike hasn't even STARTED yet? No. That's cool. I've still got this.
Except I didn't. We soon started down a very steep, rocky and tiring descent. Every time I stepped down I'd get sewing machine leg, where your leg starts shaking uncontrollably.
It finally levels off and my legs feel like jelly. I'm freaking tired. I nonchalantly ask "Hey, E2. (Cause that's what I call him in real life) How far in do you think we are? Like, how long do you think we've been hiking for now?
His response, "About 30 minutes".
It only got worse from there. You have to understand. This was no ordinary hike along a little well worn path. No. Ohhh no. The entire hike was like the stairmaster climb from hell. It was never flat. You were constantly scrambling over rocks, pulling yourself up by the trees. We crossed the river by jumping from rock to rock about 15 times.
And it's not like we were going at a normal pace. Oh hell no. We had to go at E2 pace. He had to beat everyone there so he could have time to get some good shots before it turned into a tourist cluster. We'd see some wet sand or some footprints and he'd get excited and say "See that? We're gaining on them" I'd simply wheeze in response.
We caught up to the first couple of people and he pointed to them and said, "See that? Eyes on the prize Dawn. Eyes on the prize". I wanted to slap him.
We ended up passing everyone and we made it to the Subway first and he got his freaking pictures. And it was amazingly spectacular and the most striking place I've ever hiked to. Okay? I admit it. It was phenomenal.
|And yeah, don't for a second think I actually took this.|
|They're all E2's doing.|
|It was bigger than I expected. Heh. Say it with me now...that's what she said. *sigh*|
|If you do the hike from the top down, you rappel in and wade through the pools.|
|A crack in the rock we had to walk over that the water was flowing through.|
E2 is chatting away as if my life weren't in any sort of peril whatsoever. I finally had to tell him "I can't talk to you anymore. I'm in survival mode. I need to conserve my energy."
Hiking along in front of me, his response was to slap his ass and say "See this?"
Me- "Yep. Eyes on the prize Dawn. Eyes on the prize."
I literally ended up crawling out of that canyon and walking back to the truck. I was wondering if my legs would ever be the same again while fighting back tears of exhaustion when E2 mentioned coming back the next weekend and doing the hike from the top down. If I had had the energy, I would have punched him somewhere really mean while screaming Trick or Treat MOFO!