Whew. No way to narrow it down to one photo and it took one more cup of Anaconda. Here's 5: The highlight of the trip was the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. It's a 105 mile loop that starts and ends in Island in the Sky—aptly named—about 1500 feet above the White Rim canyons that are formed by the Green and Colorado rivers. It is hours and hours and hours of rocks and sand, climbs and descents, amazing landscapes and the constant knowledge that your only way out is to finish the loop. Some very deep sand, only suggested by this photo- The sand was in several places very soft, very deep, sand-dune-like and it grabbed Julie a couple times. The get-offs managed to give her some deep-muscle contusions on both quadriceps. She had some pretty big knots on the tops of her legs and it made riding that much more difficult. She was determined to continue though and when we stopped for a lunch break at about 50 miles in, the realization that the only way out was either the monster we knew behind us, or the unknown monster ahead of us was sobering. She endeavored to perservere, and determinedly pushed on. The sun was beginning to drop behind the canyon walls as we finally approached what I knew was waiting for us—the climb at Shafer Canyon. We charged that last bit, and returning to the truck 9 hours later gave us both a huge sense of accomplishment. Yesterday as were reliving the last 2 weeks during our drive home, Julie said "I can't wait to go back next year and do it one more time!"