Wire Pass and A Gutted Litte Deer
Aug 07, 2009
Jan 13, 2010
Where I stayed
Trailhead parking lot
I'd taken all by art gear with me to the Wave, but there was too much to see to sit and sketch one thing. So, I thought about heading out again today to do some sketching, but my legs were against the whole idea. The Wirepass, and Buckskin Gultch were about as strenuous a day as they were looking for. It wasn't just the hike that sucked the juice out of my legs yesterday, it was the going up and down the valley and hills exploring that did me in. This slot canyon experience was ok, but not spectacular. The walls were steep and the light slanted just right to give the rock that ethereal glow, but the walls didn't have the rich and varied detail of intricate erosion. Moreover, the ground was rocky and muddy from a recent flash flood. Roxi wasn't having fun. But, seeing all the debris overhead was a stunning reminder of the power and ferocity of nature, and a reminder of how these slot canyons came about in the first place. We came across a gutted little dear...a very recent meal...The canyons go on for miles and run into other canyons, so we hiked in about 3 or 4 and then turned back. Roxi was walking like a duck at that point with all the mud stuck between her toes ... it was kinda funny ;0) I had to soak them in her water dish to clean them when we got back to the van.