|Little Wild Horse|
|The path over/around the mud puddle!|
|Entrance to Little Wild Horse Canyon|
|Plants seemed to grow out to rock!|
|Sometimes the path was clear and easy!|
|Sometimes there was enough room!|
|Other times it was narrow|
|Other times we had to climb up then crawl under!|
|Sights were always magnificent!|
|Sometimes it was a water hazard!|
|The family we met on the trail!|
|We are following the family thru this widening crack behind the mud puddle under the overhang!|
|Resting after a difficult climb up the wall!|
|"Did I come up from down there?" she says!|
|A little more open space!|
We continue on enjoying the magnifcant views. However, now we were in the direct noon time sun with little shade. But, the path was clear and even though there was a slight uphill grade it was not bad. There were several info boards posted with maps marked "you are here" that made it clear we had no options but to continue on to Bell Canyon or turn around (not a feasible option for us we felt).
|beautiful vistas for this part of the hike!|
|Entrance to Bell Canyon ahead!|
|It starts narrowing down!|
We plugged along. Fortunately, the impediments in Bell Canyon were not as tough as those in Little Wild Horse Canyon. Mainly climbing over boulders and/or squeezing around them. No really steep drops and we were on a slighht but steady decline! The miles on the GPS kept going up and with 12+ miles displayed the batteries died! I estimated we had about 3/4 mile left in the Canyon plus about same distance from the exit to the parking lot!
|Boulders were main impediment usually!|
|One of the many signs of water!|
However, once I got close enough I saw her sitting on the ground next to the Jeep. I was never so glad to see anybody in my life. What a relief. Of course she did not have any keys to the Jeep so she was glad to see me to get some water!! Best drink we have ever had together!
How did we miss each other? We finally figured it out. On the way back she missed the pointer to the cliff path over the mud puddle and she ended up at the mud puddle which was 4-5 feet down a rock face. She was too exhausted to go back the 100+ yards so she slid down the rock facing and waded across the mud puddle. Meanwhile I was up on the path above the puddle and not in sight of it and thinking in my mind she was waiting for me up the canyon!
BTW- I am not telling where she found a small sip of water while waiting for me at the Jeep. It is too disgusting! You will have to ask her!
|The infamous path I was on while she waded through the puddle going the opposite direction below! |
It was sunset by the time we got back on the road to the RV - 50 miles away!
Always at home no matter where we are!