2019 Fall Gateway

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the evening meal.

The next day was the longest, most challenging

day. As a reward for our efforts, we were greeted

with beauty at almost every turn. The wildflower

blooms kept changing with new colors and shapes

for each mile or two rarely leaving an area flower-less.

The ridges in the distance took shape as

masses of sandstone fins cut by canyons. At seemingly

each turn in the trail, the scenery just got better.

The water kept being plentiful with a couple

chances to top canteens as we hiked. We all had

our water treatment systems and it isn't advisable

ing walls that likely dated back to the CCC days.

Luckily the switchbacks were still there to allow

climbing out of the canyons.

The scenery continued to lay itself out in front

of us. We hiked over dome shaped rock, sandy

washes, through bushes and down a crack wide

enough for a backpack which led to the main canyon,

the canyon we would continue to follow tomorrow.

Tonight, the group stayed where they

had stayed before, in a deep canyon with a flattish

area to set up tents and kitchens.

As we set up the camp, we heard the sound of

to drink untreated water. At lunch we soaked frogs croaking in the canyon. With the many alcoves

our sore feet and basked in the sun. Some wandered

off to a nearby sandstone dome. I focused

on wildflowers and let my eyes take me around the

area.

After lunch we continued to make our way to

carved out by the creek, the amphibians may

have figured out how to amplify their sound by

sitting in the sweet spot of an alcove. They were

loud. I spent a long time listening to the sounds of

nature at camp. The amplified frog sounds were

the ultimate goal of the trip. Rainbow Bridge itself.

It was that afternoon I saw some trail retain- See Rainbow page 22

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