Before we reached the park we stopped at a Walmart to re-up on food and supplies. Buying firewood outside the parks is always a better option, indeed buying anything outside the park is a better option because it is substantially cheaper. We got into the park in the late afternoon, got our camp site, and started setting up. We got there before dark luckily this time so it went smoothly besides the stakes which are always a pain in the rear. This was the place we and by we I mean Finnley, finished off the stakes that the tent came with and had to buy new ones.
The next morning we were ready for a hike. After we woke up and did the usual routine: I lay in bed with the heater on while Finnley being the big strong man he is, gets up and makes me hot cocoa and himself coffee and brings it to me. Then he makes us breakfast and I finally muster up all the warmth I have and get up and we eat together. After that we got ourselves ready and went driving around the park.
The next night they came back and were doing the same thing, but this time one of these awkward guys tripped over the guy lines and made a giant boingioingioing sound and woke us up. We were scared that one was going to trip and freak out and kick the tent or fall and his antlers go through the tent. The whole place was crawling with deer. Even just sitting outside on our chairs or driving by you could see them and they clearly were not afraid of people. At some points we were literally 3 feet from them.
We finally reached the Weeping Rock trail and did the short hike to a rock that does indeed “weep”. It was nice, but it was cold out and the rock weeped on me. After, we went back to camp and met Katie to do a slot canyon hike. She had a book that had a bunch of cool less travelled trails in it and this was one of them. I was a bit scared because it was a slot canyon and I didn’t know how hard or rural it really was, but I agreed to do it in the name of adventure.
Arriving at the trailhead, It definitely didn’t look like some of the main trials the park suggests for everyone, but it didn’t look that bad either. We climbed down into the canyon, hopping from rock to rock. It was actually really fun. We got to boulder a little and everything. I was really enjoying myself though ever cautious. When we reached the slot canyon we were all so excited. It was amazing and beautiful and such a different kind of environment than I ever experienced. The closest thing I could think of is a cave, but less claustrophobic.
We even ran into a park ranger on the way in which I found very comforting. This was definitely the funnest hike I did during this trip. We stopped and walked around checking out the formations. We decided it would be awesome to take some pictures wedged in the canyon all different ways. We set up the camera and got the best pictures of all history! It was so much fun. We were all laughing and joking around. We all had a blast!
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