I walked up the canyon pretty quickly, even with all my photo stops. I loved looking at the old highway down below in the bottom of the canyon. I learned that that was the old highway until 1945(?) when there was some major flooding and washed a ton of rocks over it and the new one was build high above it. About half way up, there are two large, old trees and a plaque that says they were planted by a man in 1955 so weary travelers could have some shade to rest under. I know I was thankful! Pretty cool.
When I got to the top of the canyon, I realized I dropped my GPS watch somewhere at the bottom of the canyon. I was devastated. I wanted to keep walking, but I had to find that watch. Richard gave it to me, and I felt so bad that I lost it, I felt an extra 100 lb added to my backpack as I literally ran all the way back down the canyon looking at all the places I stopped along the way. 7 miles back down... When I got the bottom where I thought for sure I lost it, there was nothing. No watch. I called Richard to tell him I lost it, and how sorry I was, and of course he said the only thing that matters is that I'm safe, and come home safe and even though it probably didn't sound like it to him at the moment, it made me feel much better. Jenn showed up soon after to help me out. Another angel in my journey, so grateful! We looked around little to no avail, and decided to head back home to pick up my cart.
We were nearly there when Jenn said a prayer out loud asking God to let us find my watch right there on the side of the road, and no sooner did she say that, we both saw it! Sitting right there, on the side of the road! She pulled over and I ran out to collect it. I was sooooo happy. I called Richard as soon as we got back to her place to tell him. I was absolutely exhausted in every way by this point, and spent to rest of the afternoon sleeping and had to drag myself out of bed at 5 for dinner.
Jenn and Chris went out and had a babysitter over that night. They invited me, but I was so tired so I stayed with the kids and ate dinner, did a little laundry and went to bed. What a day.