This might be becoming a thing. In the morning Victoria and I enjoyed Capitol Reef, checking out the Fruita region, the main scenic drive, and Capitol Gorge. Then we ate lunch and I went back out for a longer harder hike by myself. I like to go Chad pace, which is different than Victoria ‘kitty mode’. They’re both enjoyable, for me anyway. But Chad pace is not so fun for her.
I decided to check out the Cottonwood Wash on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. I hiked up into the narrows for a couple of hours until the going got fairly technical for me – I didn’t make it all the way to the pour-off. But I had a lot of fun climbing over boulders and walking through tight spots and generally enjoying the desert awesomeness. I saw nobody after I left the parking lot.
When I left to go for my hike, I had a tooth bothering me. As I hiked, that went away – at least for a while. Turns out wishful thinking and ignoring the pain aren’t a great strategy for dealing with a rotten tooth – but I’m getting ahead of myself. More on that later… for now, suffice it say this was a fun hike for me, and I came back tired but happy – and ready for ice cream.