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Inaugural Hiking Boots

May 28, 2017

This is an early watercolor painting.  One of the first in my watercolor class at Baylor in the early 80's  These hiking boots saw me through many backpacking trips from Aspen, Colorado and Oklahoma to the Grand Canyon.  All of the trips were memorable, but backpacking the complete Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon with five other girlfriends was an amazing and unforgettable experience.  I'm so glad that I did this when I was young and could handle the physical challenges of this kind of trip.  We descended on The South Kaibab Trail with ice and snow at the top in the Spring Break of March 1980, and ascended back up the main Bright Angel Trail.  Rainbow Falls, Plateau Point and Indian Springs were a few memorable days spent in the Canyon.   It was a transitional time in my late teens, and early college years and before marriage.  I was young and ready for adventure, and what an adventure we had.   These were not my only pair of hiking boots, but my first for those early backpacking experiences.  I later decided to add the scripture and frame it.   I gave it to my Aunt Glennietta and Uncle Joe Day, who were raising three beautiful and full of adventure sons at the time.  It hung in the boys' room upstairs for a while, and now has found a home in the Hill House on the Day Farmstead.  


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