outside her comfort is her zone

Tylers Solo Trip to “Moab” The Little Grand Canyon/Utah




As Blair said in her eulogy at Tyler’s funeral:

“If you knew Tyler, you knew she was fearless. Who goes snorkeling with a torn ACL? Tyler. Who goes hiking on crutches? Tyler. Who dives off a moving boat because she saw dolphins and wanted to swim with them? Tyler. Who spends an hour hiking up a mountain with her dog Milly, just for the thrill of a 30 second ski ride down? Tyler. I swear sometimes I wonder if one of us was adopted.”

“She lived her life like a wild adventure, often reminding me of the book and movie “Wild.” But she would be so mad if she heard me compare her to that “gaper movie” because I watched it with her and she was muttering under her breath the whole time about how Reese Witherspoon didn’t have her pack on right or wasn’t pitching the tent the right way. But the fact that Tyler spent 3 days in the Moab desert of Utah camping and hiking with only her dog Milly, is put quite simply, Wild.”

It was this time in March of last year that Tyler and her faithful companion ventured to Moab.   I am thankful we have the pictures, videos and comments to share in her memory.   This was a very happy time in her life.

Ty: Here we go.

Ty: We crossed Mormon state line.


Ty: Old roomies reunited and walkers already driving Milly crazy.

Ty:  5 hour drive but Jeep is holding up well considering I just got it serviced and bought 4 new tires it is chugging along. I do want to trade it for a Subaru tho.

Mom: Tyler you camping tonight?

Ty: Yep and I think I just found my spot.

Dad: Watch out for mountain lions!

Ty: I know.

Dad: Ty where exactly are you?

Ty: Hour outside moab. San Rafael swell “little Grand Canyon”. Tom night will spend in moab and won’t have service. There’s no people. We’re all alone so crazy.

Dad: Glad you have Milly the protector.

13Ty: Long way down Milly.

14Ty: Looks like I do have some cell service. Storm is rolling in unfortunately.

15Ty: You don’t even want to see what I look like.

Dad: Thinking about you Ty and just hoping you are okay.

Ty: We just went exploring and stumbled upon this amazing unmarked trail run that had pretty high elevation gain with the best views!!

Mom: Are u still there? You would be proud of me. Just finished yoga.

Ty: Go mom go! We just got back, Suns gonna go down in bout 30. Bout to cook some brats and asparagus thanks to Betsy and carters nice camping stove.

Ty: Millys already in the tent sleeping hahahah.

Mom: My positive thought for tonight’s class was courage…in your honor. Hope to have as much as you one day.19Ty: Now she’s gonna watch the sunset with me. The one thing I need right now is a freakin beer!

Mom: Day is done! Sweet dreams!20Ty: Starting to miss people.

Ty: Phone died. We are on the way to a pretty crazy hike/slot canyons 11 miler and there will be no service. Not sure where we’re camping yet.

Ty: Still alive and ready for the next adventure!!!22.jpgTy: Just hate it here, haha.

Mom: Tyler, haven’t heard from you all day?

Ty: I am back and freaking exhausted. Crazy stories to share if interested. Heading straight to only brewery in moab right now.

Mom: Are you gonna be showered?

Ty: Um no. 4 days since. Very Tempted to check into a hotel.

25.jpgTy: Kinda cool.

Mom: Who died?

Ty: I guess a little girl, sad she was only 7. But the grave is so old is why I thought it was cool. And it was way high up in the middle of nowhere.

29Ty: You can kinda barely see the town of moab in the last pic. That’s how far up we hiked.30.jpgTy: “Mom I can’t get up there” hahah she was crying.

Ty: Watched 2 guys climb the highest tower. Fisher tower next time I come back I will have rope.

Ty: We found a great trail run with a creek beside it! Prob the only one in Moab.40.jpgTy: Her age is starting to show this isn’t like her. Choosing not to hang out in the tent, but in my spare tire instead.

45.jpgTy: After this 10 mile trail run this am sadly it is time to part from this amazing place (gotta get back for bball) so I’ll be heading to spend the night with Betsy in salt lake tonight.

46.jpgTy: I need shower














5 thoughts on “Tylers Solo Trip to “Moab” The Little Grand Canyon/Utah

  1. Wow, what an amazing journey she had on this trip. I remember talking to Beth and also Marie and Jim as they were worried about her all alone with Milly. Big hugs

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  2. Amazing. Tyler was so brave.


  3. Carter and I (and Walker!) were thrilled to spend time with Tyler on this trip. She stayed in Salt Lake for a quick overnight – and to watch the Tar Heels in the tourney – on her way to her solo camping expedition. And, in typical Tyler fashion, when we asked her what she was going to do for campfire and food supplies, her answer was, “uh……”, followed immediately by her infectious laugh. Without hesitation, Carter packed her car with our camping goodies: fire wood, an axe, a gas burner stove, and cooking supplies.

    I’m so glad she took our suggestion to stop for the night in San Rafael on her way to Moab, as we knew it would be something she wouldn’t want to miss. On her return overnight, even though the Heels lost in the NCAA tournament, we had a great time watching the game and recounting her adventure, as Walker happily picked up right where he left off annoying Milly (and Tyler).

    The strength and courage she showed taking this trip with only Milly are traits I always admired and remember fondly.

    I am sending thoughts and prayers to all Tyler’s loved ones, especially in the coming days. She is tremendously missed.


  4. I just stumbled across this blog. Ty seemed like a freaking awesome person. May I ask what happened?


    • If you search around and explore the site, particularly the section Tyler’s story, you should be able to find answers to your questions.


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