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Hilary Goes Hiking Part II: Adulation for Banshee Canyon

I am nothing if not a fan of losing my way with words. But the more I explore the more I struggle to elucidate the memories. It’s almost as if every word in the English language is too restrictive or cliché to do the scenario justice. Sometimes all I can think is, “Wow, what a wonderful world we live in.” Other days, if you’re lucky, I’m a little more articulate than a drooling baby.

Hiking through Banshee Canyon was a spiritual experience, seemingly observed and emboldened by the faces in the gorge. I could feel the wisdom of the earth seeping through my skin, brought in on the twisting winds and carved out in the petroglyphs.

I believe every person given the opportunity to take a climb up the rings and into the canyon will take away a piece of the peace and love that lives there. I’d like to think that’s why the canyon is filled with divots and holes; the magic and history that fills the soil is literally given to each traveler.

And because I was left so speechless by the adventure, I thought I’d share my experience in a segment I’m calling…

Adulation for Banshee Canyon: A 3×5 Experiment

 

Namaste, fellow travelers.

38 Comments

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    Gorgeous ~ just sat down to go through my photos from my trip to Zion. I hope they come out as nice as yours.

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    Dr. 27

    February 20, 2012

    Oh, what a gorgeous place. I need to get myself down there (and to Utah and Colorado too) pronto.

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      Hilary Billings

      February 20, 2012

      YES! Come check it out. And if you need a hiking companion, let me know! =)

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    www.onelovemeg.com

    February 22, 2012

    Love you! and your blog!! This hike looks gorgeous. My boyfriend and I just recently moved to Florida, just for a short time but there are no challenging hikes really into beautiful mountainous areas. I miss my hikes!! We are going today to do a hike around a lake. We will see what adventure stems. I am happy to have found your blog, and your enthusiasm. :)

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      Hilary Billings

      February 22, 2012

      Thank you so much, Meg! It means so much to me as an aspiring travel writer to have your support along this venture!

      You will have to keep me updated on how you enjoy Florida. What part of Florida did you move to? Are you there for work?

      Hope all is well. I am looking forward to staying in touch! =)

      All the best,
      HB

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    stevenwwatkins

    February 22, 2012

    Really nice stuff. I normally wouldn’t be up at this awful hour, but the writing won’t stop.Think it’s gonna be an all-nighter. Thanks for stopping by my post. Everything’s really nice here. Keep up the travel. It’s the best education in the world! -sw

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      Hilary Billings

      February 24, 2012

      Than you so much, Steven! I enjoyed sifting through your posts. Looking forward to following your work.

      Hope that you had a good writing session! I greatly appreciate you stopping by my blog! =)

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    AnonymousBurn

    February 23, 2012

    Beautiful!

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    itsakoolife

    February 23, 2012

    I have never seen anything like this before! I love what you wrote about it, too. Your words were much more than a drooling baby! :) I love that you found so much more than nature in nature. It looks like that kind of place.

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      Hilary Billings

      February 24, 2012

      Thank you so much! I’m glad I could share such a special place with you. =)

      Your continued support and encouragement in my writing venture is very touching! Really, it’s people like you who keep me going on this crazy path. Thank you!

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    Chief

    February 27, 2012

    Great stuff, nice writing… …will be looking forward to your new entries.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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      Hilary Billings

      February 27, 2012

      Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear you liked it. Have you ever been hiking?

      And you’re very welcome! I’m all about supporting my fellow bloggers =). Please keep writing!

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        Chief

        February 27, 2012

        I have done some hiking and I plan to do more in our new life in Australia. I hope to keep writing… …it seems I am in good company, there are a lot go bloggers out there…

        Be well….

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          Hilary Billings

          February 27, 2012

          Cool! What part of Australia are you in? I’m headed that way in a couple months here. Can’t wait to check it out.

          Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

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        Chief

        February 27, 2012

        We will setting up camp in Adelaide but we are starting a new adventure and chapter in our lives we could end up pretty much anywhere in Oz.

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    SweetP

    February 27, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love your photos, what a fabulous trip you had!

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      Hilary Billings

      February 27, 2012

      Yes it was quite an amazing experience! Have you ever been hiking?

      And you’re very welcome! I love stopping by your blog to read your inspirational posts, especially the yoga ones. =) Please keep writing!

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    wonderhussy

    February 27, 2012

    Where is this?!! It looks awesome! I am a fellow Vegas adventuress and blogger…enjoyed reading your stuff!

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      Hilary Billings

      February 27, 2012

      Hey there!

      This is out at the ‘hole in the wall’ trails of Mojave National Preserves. You should go check it out! I’m sure you would love it. =)

      Super glad to make your acquaintance! Let me know if you ever want to go on an adventure together.

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    thecaptainnemo

    February 29, 2012

    ooooooohhhhmmmmm :)

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      Hilary Billings

      March 1, 2012

      =) shanti and love to you!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! I love reading your blog! Please keep writing!

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    ...NowOrTrevor...

    March 6, 2012

    This place is great! That 3rd photo down really rocks…pun intended…no it wasn’t…but you didn’t know that…dang.

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      Hilary Billings

      March 6, 2012

      Haha, thanks so much! I literally laughed out loud when I read this. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Do you have a favorite hiking spot?

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        ...NowOrTrevor...

        March 6, 2012

        Unfortunately I haven’t yet made time for a hiking excursion! But, if I did, it would probably be somewhere in far west Texas. I’ve driven through and it’s really great! I might go out to Big Bend National Park someday and check it out! Heard good things!

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          Hilary Billings

          March 7, 2012

          That sounds great! It looks like you have some amazing adventures of your own. I’m looking forward to following your stories through pictures.

          Let me know if you ever make it out to Vegas. I’ll be happy to go on an adventure or two with you!

          • ...NowOrTrevor...

            March 12, 2012

            awesome action! that sounds great! have you been to the nuclear museum in Vegas? It’s a blast!…that one was intended…
            http://www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/
            I’ll give you a heads up if I’m ever out that way again!

          • Hilary Billings

            March 12, 2012

            I haven’t, but I pass by it all the time. I will have to take some more time to urban explore my city. Thanks for the reminder!

            And yes, please do! =)

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    lifeinthevegas

    April 2, 2012

    Nice pictures Hilary. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Hilary Billings

      April 3, 2012

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked them!

      Do you have a fav hiking spot around town?

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        lifeinthevegas

        April 5, 2012

        Sadly I have only done Lone Mountain and Frenchman so far but with Tough Mudder coming up I plan to get out there a lot more.

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          Hilary Billings

          April 5, 2012

          Cool! Yeah, there are some great places to go around here, for sure! Can’t wait to hear about your Tough Mudder experience!

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