A discussion with a work mate on Tuesday made me glad I hadn't gone to the Uinta's. A quick look at the forecast and at the maps, I decided to head up to, rather down to Sheep Creek Road and do a 20 mile loop in preparation for my vacation. It'll be good.
Since I went to a Singles BBQ, I hit the road and on to the southern end of Sheep Creek around 9 am, it's a little more than an hour away. I parked at Second Water, hike down to Fifth Water Trailhead, up passed the hot springs (complete with dogs in the water) passed a few more water falls, and across Sheep Creek Road. I stopped for lunch. Looking at the map and the time, I decided to press on.
At the top of 5th Water, I turned south towards 2nd Water. 5th and 4th Water canyons had good spots to camp but I decided to see what it took to do a long day. Along the south bound portion, I played leap frog with a family of Trail riders on motor cross bikes. Eventually they passed me for good.
I took a break at all the creek crossings on this leg. Made good time. Ironically, I'm at the same site I was last weekend. Tomorrow's a short day maybe 2 miles to the car. By my estimate, 18 miles today. I chose not to stop at the hot springs to soak, also bathing in sulfur infused water is not my thing. I like my miles.
My thoughts today are not on the chafing, side note don't use hand sanitizer to clean that stuff, nuff said. I'm sure there is a warning about rubbing it over chapped skin somewhere . Thoughts aren't on the vacation, which is rapidly approaching. It's on something completely different. A Christian Church from Kalispell MT wants to plant a church in SLC. I am a Christian. I served as a missionary, cooking for a particular sea going organization, for many years. I asked on of the team members from MT, why SlC. His response 'an area can never have to many churches' I stayed for the rest of that interest meeting. I've gone to a few more meetings. Would my readers mind if I added more to my blog besides hiking and more hiking?
Sorry about not following through with the last entry of doing an out and back on the Great Western.