One mile after leaving the campsite we passed through Tapeats Rapid.
Do you see an owl up in the canyon wall?
The trail goes up, through that "break" and up some more, way more!
This hike had three options to go with it. The first option was a relatively short route through Deer Creek with a little rock scrambling to a tall waterfall. The second and third options both took the steep trail to an area called the Patio that was, apparently, a little oasis. The third option was to continue on further beyond the Patio to a place called the Throne Room. From what I heard from others, the trail on that third option included a rather precarious, narrow ledge above a slot canyon!
It was an extremly challenging hike for those who chose to do it - everyone except me and KJ (one of the guides always stayed with the rafts). While KJ did whatever it was he had to do with the rafts, I waited in a nice shady spot relaxing and catching up on my trip notes.
At one point, eons ago, Deer Creek flowed over the top of that wall.
It was a rather warm night, one of the warmest thus far, so I slept outside. Until the wind picked up and a few raindrops hit the ground. The rain shower didn't amount to much but the wind was blowing sand all around so the night was spent in the tent. I missed waking up in the middle of the night and seeing the sky filled with stars!
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 10 - Bonita Creek Rapid to Mile 145," Kinexxions, posted November 7, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-10-bonita-creek-rapid-to-mile-145.html : accessed [access date])