Of our 2 hikes Burro Wash was by far our favorite. It is an 8 mile route, cottonwood was 6.5 miles, but well worth it!
The route took us in and out of multiple canyons, slots and narrows. Due to the fact I forgot to charge my camera the night before, all the pictures you see are from my crappy cellphone( not a smartphone). I couldn't capture the height or depth of the walls that we climbed and squeezed through.
We encountered lots of lizards along the trail. There were several instances that as I placed my hands on the canyon walls, it was as if the lizards were crawling right out from underneath my fingers. At one choke stone we were scrambling to get over, I screamed! As Jason was friction climbing the wall, out from behind his back scrambled 20 or so spiders. I began to freak out until I realized that the spiders were just " daddy long legs!" I say just, but they were the biggest "daddy long legs that I have ever seen!
Just as with the hike the day before,we enjoyed solitude. Yet we discussed how much fun it would be to hike this route with our children. Not this time, just the two of us.
After completing our trek for the day we enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Capital Reef day use area. I ran into the historic Gifford house and bought goodies, yummy homemade peach salsa, for those at home managing our children. We then stopped in at the visitors center. I picked myself up a new hiking bandana, sporting the Capital Reef logo and petroglyph designs. I am excited to wear it next year for our celebratory hiking adventure! Oh, we also picked up a stuffed bat toy for Milo's coming birthday. Then back at the hotel for long dip in the pool. Solitude there also, not another soul but us.
All refreshed, off we went to dinner. We had noticed that a new steak house and bar had opened up in Torrey. I love Torrey, I keep telling my family I am going to retire there. Back to the new steak house. I ate the most delicious fish tacos and Jason had a bison burger. Don't forget dessert, a dark rich chipolte cake, OMG! I even talked Jason into a slow dance, well I actually dragged him to the dance floor. Great food and music topped off our adventure.
Our 22yrs together have gone by fast, almost a blur at times, full of happiness and challenges. No regrets though, I love my man more than ever. He amazes me. My love and commitment for him grows each day. I love you Jason, thank you for an amazing weekend together and for always loving me, despite my craziness.