After I was finally dragged away from my little bridge, reminded that there was still plenty more to explore, we walked along the riverbanks for a fair ways. Just as we started to make a little bit of ground, people started flowing in, and we thanked our lucky stars that we had managed to get there 20 minutes earlier than everyone else so we could have the place relatively to ourselves as we hiked.
One of my favourite things about the river was all of the twists and turns that it made thanks to rocks jutting out from the shore and even a few rock islands which created the slides that the park is so well known for. When it comes to photographs of rivers and roads and all of that stuff, it always really irks me when I’m unable to get shots straight down the middle. Thanks to all of these rocks, though, that was nowhere near a problem this time around.
We hiked onwards and found this cute little brick house on the side of the river, and we couldn’t help but wonder what it was. Upon venturing inside all we found was a flat floor, so the hunch that it was a run down outhouse was out. I still have no idea what the house was all about, but it certainly makes for an adorable addition among the towering cliffs it sits under.
After our little house sighting we worked to cross the river by way of a bunch of rocks that were almost close enough for us to walk over. Having definitely not worn the shoes for climbing slippery rocks, I was incredibly proud of myself for not falling in – and for having purchased waterproofing spray while I was living in London.
The walk back along the other side of the river was surprisingly much more woody and less traversed by the average visitor to the park. We did come across a cactus with a smily face carved into one of it’s leaves, though, so obviously we weren’t about to make any Lewis and Clark caliber discoveries or anything.
Finally, we walked past one of the cliffs which could be seen from the river, which seemed a fair bit smaller than it had from farther below, but was still a fair bit taller than me.