This hike begins (after a drive, of course) with a long push up a medium steep gravel road. Then we get to return down the canyon. The Fall color was just beginning. The hike was gorgeous. The canyon itself is very rocky and only held a little water; not unusual for here these days.We came back 2 weeks later for more color; you'll see that in a later post...
I've begun to learn how the group operates a little, too. There are always one or two who stike off at quite a pace. Only crazy people try to catch up. :)
And there is a group, one or three or more, who hang back (or can't go faster) and/or like to hear Jim expound on the flora & fauna... we don't see much fauna, actually, we're too noisy.
There is a lot of difference in the pace of these two groups, which leaves all that middle distance for those of us who want some silence on the trail. It is VERY easy (on most hikes) to find a place where I can't see or hear either group. That's my 'Sweet Spot'. And I'm learning all the time to trust my feet more so that I can really see where I am and some of what is going on around me in the woods.
These shots are a few from my introduction to this trail:
did I say that
I LOVE rocks?!