First up: That time back in 2014 when I celebrated my 30th birthday with some of the best friends possible doing my favorite thing (hiking).
The starting point for this Red Rock Canyon hike is at an unmarked pull-off before you reach the Pine Creek trailhead. We began with an approach hike across the desert that seemed to be of average length (~1-1.5 miles).
After the approach hike, the fun began with some great scrambling. The route travels through a rabbit hole (which was a perfect opportunity for a group pic)
The route also requires traversing a ledge:
I was intimidated when everyone was talking about this ledge, but it ended up being almost nothing. The "ledge" was wider than I expected, had great handholds, and the drop off didn't seem all that far.
|Ledge Photo Op|
|Adam traversing the ledge|
On this day, I figured out that one of the best thing about having friends that have far superior athletic abilities is that they can surprise you with a birthday celebration at the peak!
|Streamers and cupcakes!! Courtesy of the wonderful Jenny!|
The rest of the descent was pretty noneventful. But, once we returned to our cars, the fun was not over. My wonderful friend Jenny hosted a breakfast for dinner (my favorite kind of dinner) birthday celebration at her house! I'm pretty sure that I'll remember this birthday as the best one in recent memory for many years. I felt really lucky to have an awesome husband (who told Jenny how much I love funfetti cake) and such amazing friends!!