Five gals and little ole me took a wade yesterday, and guess who was the only one to fall in, dunk a camera, and get cold? Lordy…I've met my match.
Laurelee, Gayle, Debbie, and Suzanne had never "hiked" the Narrows before so Bobbie and I put it out as an option and offered our services as "guides." Though you can't really get off-course in a narrow slot canyon with thousand foot walls, it is reassuring to have someone along who's been there/done that. Suzanne has a hair-trigger when it comes to edgy outings and jumped on the offer. Debbie joined in almost immediately, while Gayle and Laurelee only came around after some serious girly trash talkin' by Suzanne. Sun-loving Floridians and Californians are slow to find the fun in spending a whole day wading up a shady river in ice water. They showed up "undecided" at the boot-fitting the night before…darn fence straddlers :)) I had to pull Suzanne aside and remind her about our group rule—that people only participate in activities they feel comfortable with—and to knock off the trash-talking and heavy handedness with Sun-Belters. Geeze Louise I fear we've created a "monster," Suzanne doesn't seem to need a day off!!!
The goal was to be dressed in boots and wetsuits and be in the river by 11:00 am, and we hit that mark on the money. Bobbie and I opted to save 22 bucks each and not rent the wet suits. 46 degrees is nothing for Colorado Kids, right? Bobbie did wear a pair of Gortex pants, tho, while I searched in vain for mine. Oh well, I've done this river four previous times and got by with bare legs and shorts… only once being forced to turn around due to cold about three years ago. Bobbie and I only made it a few hundred yards that day before losing feeling in our feet and legs. We were quickly rendered spastic as drunken sailors on ice skates, clumped back to the car on wooden legs… defeated, swearing never to do the Narrows again.
A painful, ice cold hike up the Narrows is like giving birth (so I'm told). You forget the pain and remember only the joy of it.
Here we go...
|The boot fitting was hilarious. Bobbie couldn't get her shrink-to-fit rubber booties on and nearly pulled an ab muscle in this fight to the death.|
|Gayle, a sucker for red shoes, saw no harm in trying on a pair :))|
|I was way underdressed compared to the gals…shivering before we even got in the water.|
|Once everyone adjusted to hiking in the current with ankle weights on we could sit back and enjoy the views.|
Stay tuned for Part II. Got to get ready for another hike and feed the Monster!!!