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The total distance includes a sortie up Cherry Creek. I told Brian I wanted some hiking with water and possible swimming. I wanted to go back to a section of Cherry Creek that was really neat and he suggested doing some additional exploring. From the well visited and maintained PB cabin we went down that drainage. It was really beautiful. Large sycamores, etc running water in the upper part, and awesome geology everywhere. It is easy hiking, with at times benches with remnants of trails now maintained by animals. The water is gone in the mid part but returns in a glorious section with the only obstacle which was a 12 foot pour over which can be downclimbed then you tiptoe on a short ledge with good handholds, or you just jump in the pool if you don't care to be wet.
On down were some prospects, pretty rock and short. Then dry and open as you get to Cherry Creek. Lots of crayfish there. We walked up aways under a wonderful canopy then in an open marshy meadow with flowers and dragonflys and butterflys galore. We stopped at an old homestead site with a super hearth still standing and around the corner a very elaborate system for obtaining spring water from a now dry source. The aqueduct has some nice engineering.
We wandered back on a section of old road to the PB confluence and went down Cherry Creek a little to wait out the sun and played trying to catch the crawdads and getting our fingers pinched.
Back up the canyon, had a hard time getting the 90 lb lab up the pour over--forgot the short rope.
We thought about camping in the cabin meadow but decided to go on to a camp in the shade just off the road at Deep Creek--aka Poison Ivy aplenty.