Everyone Should Do At Least One Canyon Hike
Dogs did it, physically fit couples did it, a couple in their 60’s were doing it too … and I’m proud to say that my husband and I also climbed the canyon at Squaw Valley over the weekend. For those who’ve done a canyon hike, you probably know what that means. But if you’ve never taken on the challenge – be forewarned – canyons tend to be intense, vertical and fairly unmarked – blue paint splotches were our only guides. As this was in Squaw Valley and a 2,000 elevation hike that started at 6,000 feet – it was also ear-popping. Although we didn’t make it all the way to the lake which was about 15 minutes past the canyon – I’m immensely proud and impressed that we conquered the canyon. Our four-hour excursion put our appetites through the roof, so we celebrated with pizza and salad afterwards. The next day, still dwelling within the conquered canyon glow, and because I just love Fall and also needed to do something with those Pumpkin Spice M&M’s … I made cookies and apple cider for a day-after celebration. It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate chips, butter and M&M’s – see the picture for positive evidence. It’s only the first of October – plenty of time to enjoy Fall hiking in Napa Valley and beyond!