The amount of daylight each day is diminishing and very soon the glorious and really active season will be upon us. The forecast looks promising for next week but in the meantime, another early start for a hike.
Our group of 9 gathers at the trail head, reads the standard warning and head into the depths of the canyon.
Water is running so that adds to the experience as we descend.
I had a couple of newbies attend the hike so that is usually a good thing and it was today. Rare is the "squirrel" as I describe them.
Our destination is to reach the nude beach where there are rarely actual naked people but we pass warnings, painted on the boulders (bottom, center of boulder).
We make good time as Pete gets out front and does an excellent job of route finding. Lorna too is reasonably good at it when she is able to follow someone, lol. We reach....
....the "wall", just below the beach and everyone is able to ascend except for one of us who later found a workaround, which I may use in the future.
The nudist beach is vacant as we head....
....farther upstream. I've managed to keep my shoes dry while Jeff is indifferent and simply wades through some of the pools. Then, rounding a turn, we encounter some people, floating, naked and face down. I kept my gaze straight ahead, focused on the route but maybe I did shoot a very brief sideways glance at a woman.
Having left one of our group behind at the wall, I thought I better go back and collect her and head back while some of the others continued on for a little while. Small loss of blood, Karen from banging her ankle against her car door so that doesn't really count and Mark from banging his ankle against a rock. Otherwise, all came out safely with around 2 miles.