But, did hang out in the Wind Rivers for a day and did a lovely hike...even though it was kind of lightening and thundering through a lot of it. And it eventually started snowing and hailing on us. Huh. Still pretty. After that we decided to go south asap. Spent the last few days at Canyonlands, one of my favorite parks.
Did a 20 mile trip in the backcountry - didn't see another person the whole time. Excellent. But wait! there was an encounter with quicksand. Yes quicksand. Our only water access was by the river, which was not totally accessible because of a flash flood from a couple weeks before. Resulted in quicksand, lots of it. That was where we were supposed to camp too. Had to find an alternate spot. But, i figured I should probably not sit and filter 12 liters of water for 30 minutes in quicksand. I mean, it's not movie quicksand but it did get up to the low shins right away. I panicked. Not a totally comforting feeling, but kinda cool to watch the entire ground move and suck stuff up. Huh. New experience for me! More later. That's the quick update. Hike at CO National Monument tomorrow, then on to Black Canyon of the Gunnison.