Friday, July 17, 2009

Out of the Wild

Soldier Creek Wilderness

Noelle and I woke up this morning, ate a granola bar for breakfast, and then packed up camp. When we hit the trail around 8 am it was obvious that the day was already hotter than yesterday had been. The hiking went by pretty quickly and by 8:45 we officially exited the Soldier Creek Wilderness. We still, however, had about 3 miles of hiking before we would return to the car. It was hot and uneventful, other than the many creek crossings. We made it back to the car by 11 and hit the road. We stopped at a gas station for sodas and snacks and then headed back north into South Dakota. When we got to Cascade Falls I had to use the bathroom there. It made a good excuse to stop and jump in the water. The water felt great. I jumped in and swam around for a while.
Later on Noelle got into the water as well. It felt extremely refreshing! After drying off in the sun for a little bit, we got back into the car and headed to Hot Springs for lunch, the library, and a little bit of grocery shopping.

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