First up-- the Caribou. We've hiked this before, but the trail veers away from the rather tame looking river almost right away. On past trips we've messed around in the river a bit and decided it was boring and moved on--- but now we had a guidebook that assured us a super cool waterfall was further up the river. In the end we couldn't resist the lure of the river and diverted off the trail as we have in the past, wondering why on earth the builders didn't just make the trail go where everyone would obviously want to hike--- near the river! (Here's how I found Dan when I turned around after telling him to pose however he wanted -- ~freak~ lol)
By the time we reached the top I was pretty maxed-out, and my calves were on fire. Far below we could see the giant boulder. We just made a huge climb! It was one of those "We kind of screwed-up, but getting out of it was pretty fun too" moments.
Eventually we made it in far enough to a spot where the trail descended to river level, but it was a surprisingly tough hike. The river was gorgeous though once we got down there, and there was tons of cool rocks and moss.
Seriously you guys--- it was right near me!!!
Anyway, we did manage to keep hiking and enjoy ourselves, even at this very trail. There were about 3 spots to get to the river itself, and although this trail really made you work hard for it, they were pretty cool.
Here's where we ate lunch, after, of course, searching thoroughly for snakes.