Some plans just don't work out as planned. The plan was to drop Ann off far away from Devil's Bridge, drive Greg's car to the Devil's Bridge Trailhead and hike one mile to the Bridge. Ann would most likely beat us there as the road was described as 'slow going'. Hiking with me is even slower.
But, it did not turn out that way. The Ranger at the information desk did everything he could but forbid Greg to drive down that awful road. That meant that we would park at a different trailhead, hike a connector trail, hike along the Chuckwagon trail and then connect to the Devil's Bridge trail. That, by the way, is a four mile roundtrip hike!! It was going to be worth the try. Right?
I knew it was coming. Looking up at these 'steps', however was a bit more than I was expecting. Actually a whole lot more! If it were not for Greg and Ann I would not have made it to Devil's Bridge. Ann would get to a tough point and take my tripod so I would have both hands free to balance, give suggestions on the easiest way (she is the uber hiker) and give both caution and encouragement in the same sentence!! When she said, "Hand me your tripod and come down on your butt." I did so without question.
Then, there is the matter of getting back. Ann was rightly concerned about making it back to the car before dark and she was smart enough to realize I don't go down rocks much faster than going up them! I can chuckle now, but at the time the whole thing seemed a bit daunting.
Greg kept promising me that we would have better light on the return trip. That was to keep me from losing my mind from passing so many great shots. He was right. But, the mission was to get back to the car before dark!! He did not tell me that part. We did shoot a bit more but I did not set up my tripod and my shots are terrible.
I have a new resolution. I am going to work at building up my strength so I can cover at least a six mile roundtrip hike. The best friends are the ones that push you to discover what you can do and inspire you to more if you want it. Thank you Greg and Ann. You are the best great friends.