Group: Brian Alleyne, Jeff Schroeder, Dave Garcia, and
SMITA wimped out on this trip!
All picutres are sequential to the route taken.
|Day 1 (9/30/2000)
||Plan: Car to "As far
as we get" in the creek bed on South Canyon Trail.
drive to the canyon involved Dave passing the exit for 375, claiming
Aliens stole the sign. Of course when we backtracked the 60 miles
we overshot, the sign was in plain sight. Getting to the trailhead
from the freeway almost ended with us in prison after we passed two Arizona
Fish and Game officers, and had them chase us at high speeds on
the dirt road because they thought they smelled Marijuana in our car. We
got pulled over, interrogated, and searched. Of course they didn't find
anything since there was nothing to find, but quite an experience. We
still don't understand what they were smelling. So we made it to the
trail head and started our way down. I fell very early on when a rock
slip out from under me. I tumbled head over heals a couple times
and then stopped with a banged up knee, head, and shoulder. Whew..
The weather was stormy with tons of thunder and lightening and on and
off showers. It was quite warm out though. We ended up
finding our camp site just before dark. Overall a good, but intense
|Day 2 (10/1/2000)
||Plan: Get down to the river
and Vacey's Paradise via a slot canyon, and come back via the Red Wall.
This was a delightful day. The slot canyon was great fun, and
challenging. No mishaps, we had to swim a bit, but it was nice a hot, so
the River's 42 degree water was quite refreshing. Vacey's Paradise was
beautiful and a great place to take a dip!
|Day 3 (10/2/2000)
||Plan: Get out of the Canyon
and Drive home
Actual: We took the same route out of the canyon as we
did on the way down. Of course going up was quite different. In fact it
was so different, we were all saying "How did we come down
this???" The drive from the trailhead to the freeway was
insane, as Brian got squirly driving out several times. Including
one turn where we almost slid right off the road.