Willow Canyon, 3BIII
Coronado National Forest – Santa Catalina Mountains
Laura is out photographing on an all day shoot today for a local magazine. I am home watching Wyatt. He is down for a nap at least for the time being. I have not been out on a technical descent in several months and I am feeling a little nostalgic so I thought I would dust off some content from a descent of several years ago in the Santa Catalina Mountains that I have never posted on this blog. The dance down Willow Canyon was not particularly eventful on that Spring day nearly two years ago.
As expected father time has marched forward since that descent and things have changed for those of us that shared that pleasant day. Jessica Rose now lives in Thailand. Chris Erwin is finishing up a Masters in Economics at Cal State Fullerton. If my memory serves me correctly at the time of this trip, Chris was still weighing what school to attend and was probably discussing with us where he would go as we were rigging rappels. John Pruden is now a father of a beautiful girl, Campbell, who is about to celebrate her one-year birthday. As you know, Laura and I are the proud parents of Wyatt. I hardly knew Eric Luth during this trip. In fact this was my first technical descent with the relatively newbie canyoneer. Not only has Eric become an extremely capable canyon partner in both knowledge, skills and stamina, but he has also become one of my closest friends. Father time marches on. I think I hear Wyatt crying….
Tonto National Forest – Superstition Wilderness
Wyatt’s first canyon was a hike up Hieroglyphic Canyon east of Apache Junction in the Superstition Wilderness Area on a crisp, winter Sonoran Desert day. It was my first canyon hike as well since Wyatt’s birth in November. Mike, Eric and Kyle joined David, Briscoe and me on a relaxing Sunday hike. Wyatt could not have been happier snug in the Bjorn on David’s chest as David and Kyle did imitations of Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football. Despite David’s annoying schtick, with a full belly and a clean diaper Wyatt was asleep in no time as we made our way up the canyon. A slow and steady climb brought us to some outstanding petroglyphs and slick rock pools. Wyatt snoozed as we ate lunch and checked out the panels of primitive drawings. It was pretty cool to get back out into the desert with our new son, good friends and beautiful scenery.
I may be a little late in posting this but give me a break, I have been busy. On 11/26/10, the day after Thanksgiving, Laura gave birth to our son, Wyatt Aaron Segall Wallace. This is not a baby blog so I’ll let you watch the show, but stay turned for an upcoming blog post on Wyatt’s first canyon exploration. Oh yeah, 2010 was an amazing year exploring the canyon lands.
David & Laura