This is another one of those, "I wonder what it's like up there" so Kat decided to show me the way from the Cross-Cut Trail off of 1st Water. We made our way to one of the trails that eventually gets you on the Treasure Loop and headed toward Praying Hands.
As we got close to another intersection before heading up to Praying Hands, somehow we ended up on a detour. So we kept climbing up altho it wasn't easy. Pretty soon I asked Kat if I should keep going (because for once I was running point) and she said sure. Well I was getting up there pretty good -- you know, where you get to a point where it looks like the trail ends but then you see another way that looks like it will work --... But it was getting dicier and dicier so I yelled down to Kat and she said she was turning back.
Once I got back down to Kat where the trail intersected intially; Kat walked exactly on the trail where we should have turned and headed east rather than up and south. Oh well, it was a fun adventure for me except I didn't much like that gusting wind. We reached our destintion. It was quite windy so we moved just below the Praying Hands on the SW side for our lunch and then over to another viewpoint slightly south and east to observe the rock climbers. That gal (Sarah) was INCREDIBLE. It was like being at the circus... and no net. But she acted like it "wern't nothin'". (I did get an email and we'll be sending some of the pics we took).
The walk back via Jacob's Crosscut was incredibly beautiful with spurts of palo verde yellow here and there; along with the cholla forests and other blooming cactus. Kat made good time but I "dallied" so a couple times I found her waiting so that I wouldn't miss the trail. She's such a good guide (teacher too).
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.