Isn't is beautiful?
You hike this road in for about an hour (bottom left), and then hike down to the river. When you're on that road, you're so high up it's scary to look down! You can see there are so many swimming holes down there though, and after an up & down hill hike, I was ready to get in that water! Once we reached the river, we ate lunch, knowing we were going to have to be fully in the water very soon.
A lot of the hike looked like the photo above, steep canyon walls and beautiful cool water to swim through. I definitely got my breast stroke in, and I kept thinking about the swimmers we watched the night before in the Olympics, and I'm amazed at how fast those people go! It took a lot for me to not think about the Crawdads in the water, though it did help me move a little faster imagining them near me. There were a lot of campsites along the way that looked so fun, we are definitely planning a camping trip here soon!
As soon as I get the pictures from our friend and edit out the ones I never want surfacing again, I'll share them with you. This hike has just been on my mind so much, I thought I'd spread the word. If you go, bring water shoes, a backpack that can get wet - and a dry bag. Plus the usual stuff, water, food, etc. Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
Wait - One more thing, I've been playing with this "Chip It" add on from Sherwin Williams, and making paint chips of just about everything. So, just for fun, here are some color schemes from the Arroyo Seco hike. They are actually pretty nice!
Special thanks to the bloggers who posted photos that I borrowed!