|The area we climbed down to get to our camp site.|
It was still quite a walk to the arch with a lot of climbing. I was very thankful we didn't have our packs on to go to the arch and had stopped where we had the night before.
|Going down to the spring and eventually Royal Arch|
Today's "easy day" included taking on/off the packs a gazillion times in order to negotiate down a drop off. It also included rappelling down the side of the cliff. I really wish I had a chance to go back and try it again.
5 hours later we traversed the 3 miles and arrived at the river. Again we were worried about the darkness catching us. We dropped our packs without setting up camp and headed to Elves Chasm. The waterfall is super pretty and would be a great swimming hole if it was warmer.
We had 1.5 hours to get back the 1.5 miles before darkness set on us again. We made it back at dusk and set up our tents in the dark again. While John was pumping water I sewed up my split pants and Paul wrapped up Michele's ankle that she had rolled a couple times on the hike. After our Chili Mac dinner (not the best) Paul pulled out homemade toffee. What an excellent treat for the end of the day.