Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight! ~ Elizabeth Akers Allen
And children we were, as we romped and frolicked for six hours through the canyons and slopes of the Red Rock Recreational Playground.
A dozen hearty hikers assembled in the Best Buy parking lot on a chilly April morning. Later that day, they would all set foot upon Bridge Point, a first-time adventure for ABF.
At the Pine Creek trailhead, jackets were donned and egos were stowed. Andiamo! Seventy-five minutes later, we stood near the western terminus of Fern Creek Canyon. Some 2500 vertical feet above us loomed the intimidating sandstone wall that had to be negotiated. Lots of Class Three and Four stuff. Following in the footsteps of our leader, we cautiously began our ascent, the real meat of the hike.
Did I mention the thirteenth participant? That would be the 'Facilitator,' a 20-meter chunk of nylon cord that Richard Natale carries in his pack. Dicey spot ahead of you? A bit of a tricky move to make? Perhaps a little exposure. Not to worry, as the Facilitator allayed any trepidations we may have had. Good on ya, Richard.
One of the premier hikes of the year, for sure. Just an exceptional outing. So thank you Richard for getting us through the tough spots, and thank you Elizabeth Akers Allen for a little poetic verse.
Richard reports the statistics for the hike below:
9.5 miles, 5:57 hours, 3138 ft. elevation gain