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Kane Gulch to Junction with Grand Gulch
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Kane Gulch to Junction with Grand GulchSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 23 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.00 Miles 853 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.13 mph
853 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Finally, the last hike of the trip... which we both wish it had never happened. In hindsight we should have cut the trip short by a day immediately after our Moon House hike and just driven home. But, oh no, we just had to do one more hike.

Of course if we had gone at least as far as the Turkey Pen, maybe we'd look at it in a more positive light... but we didn't, so it turned out to be a bust.

The first few miles of trudging through loose gravel, sand, stinky mud (or was it cattle manure) and thickets of salt cedar were far from enjoyable... and that was even before we realized cedar gnats had already begun their feasting, on us!

Unfortunately whether it was a result of the loose terrain, day after day of hiking and/or arthritis, within a mile or so the hike became quite literally a pain-in-the-hip...

It wasn't long before it was obvious I would be hurting too much make the full 10-mile round-trip as planned so now the question became, 'when do we turn back?'

The decision turned out to be quite easy... when we came to a very steep descent and thought about what it would be like to ascending it on the return trip after another 5 miles of hiking. Nope, not gonna do it!

Good thing we turned around when we did as I was literally hobbling by time we reached the Jeep. And without a moments' hesitation we both knew, the heck with pitching camp one more time, let's just head home. And so we did.

The only wrench into the works on the way home (other than the ridiculous RV & tour-bus traffic) was our usual stop at the Sub-Way in Kayenta... a LARGE motorcycle 'gang' from Holland was just beginning to order.

Between the language barrier for seemingly half of the group, plus only one young girl working behind the corner... well, it could easily be an hour before we even ordered so we decided to starve until Flagstaff. And that we did, until we hit the first Sub-Way we encountered. Yes, we had our hearts (and stomachs) set on foot-longs from Sub-Way.

Whoops, can't forget the smoke from numerous fires on our drive to Payson along Lake Mary Road.

AFTERMATH: Yup, the cedar gnats fed generously and even today, some two weeks later I still have the evidence of how well they fed. And all the result of the hike we should never have done.
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