Leprechaun. After spending the morning canyoneering in Hogwarts we go back to camp and after lunch Lisa suggests a hike up Leprechaun.
|The North Wash with decorative little water falls.|
|Turrets perched on sandstone domes.|
|Jim hiking up Leprechaun.|
|A mini-slot in Leprechaun.|
|Looking down canyon from inside the mini-slot.|
|Jim looks into the mini-slot.|
|Jim and Lisa at the beginning of the narrows.|
|Jim and Lisa at the boulder in the middle of the canyon floor.|
|Channels etched in the canyon floor.|
|Lisa and Jim wander off around the next bend.|
|Jim, a small life form in a big world of sand.|
We're small life forms in a big world of sand. Nothing much lives here in the curving sweep of rock bushed clean by occasional flash flood. It's not easy for creatures to make a living where nothing grows.
|Jim and Lisa.|
Another channel is being scoured into the canyon floor, a future mini-slot. Probably a small crack in the floor channeled the water, quickening its flow, scalloping its edges as it sloshed between its widening sides. I would love to sit here and watch water swirl through it. Hydrology that created these canyons at work on a small scale .
|A new channel, a new slot.|
|Around another bend the sun shines in on Lisa and Jim.|
|Jackie and Jim at the entrance to the subway.|
|Looking out the entrance of the subway.|
|Jim and Lisa inside the subway. Light comes in through the door. The crack angles above us.|
|Light illuminates the door of the subway and reflects on the floor.|
|The floor of the subway is a narrow channel that our feet fit into.|
|The vestibule at the upper end of the subway.|
|Jackie climbs out of the subway.|
|The vestibule narrows as the left and right forks join.|
|Looking up the left fork slot. The right fork is the gap on the right.|
This slot is barely able to fit a slim person without a pack. Canyoneers say that if you're going to canyoneer Leprechaun do this hike from the bottom first and see if you can get up this slot before trying to come down it. It wouldn't do to get stuck in there. Maybe it's called Leprechaun because it's for wee people.
|Jim and Jackie at the right and left forks of Leprechaun.|
|Hiking back through the subway as the last of the light filters in.|
|Lisa and Jim.|
|Jim and Lisa hiking back down canyon.|
|The narrows of Leprechaun.|
|The sun's already set.|
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