3 weeks ago
4 months ago, I was trying to get in the lottery for the wave. While I was doing my research on the wave hike, this specific canyon popped up on my screen. I remember looking at it and thinking it was Antelope Canyons. However, I started seeing people with heavy packs taking pictures inside the canyons and figured out I wasn’t looking at the same canyon. I did further research and saw different patterns of the canyon that I have never seen before. This intrigued me to a point where I booked my adventure. The dates I picked, fell in right before monsoon season. I was aware with the dangers of flash flooding inside the canyons. I was even going to move the date if there was even the slightest chance of rain. I was ready to cancel my trip when I checked the weather 3 days before my adventure. I called the rangers station for advice, and was assured that I should be good to go as long as I try to hike out before the heavy downpour on my second day. The canyon itself is 12 miles long and 3 miles from the starting trailhead that I chose. It can easily turn into a death trap if bombarded with raging waters. There’s actually an emergency exit, which is half way through the canyons. They called it “the middle exit” as it was literally the halfway mark of the canyons. We encountered this part right when it started raining on us inside the canyons, But we wanted to finish the canyons maybe because of too much adrenaline lol so we hiked as fast as we could and right when we were almost done with the canyons, the rain decided to stop. I can’t put into words how it felt like being inside those tall narrow canyon walls. Whenever I would look up, all I see are the cloudy overcast, all I hear are the crows flying over us, the chirping of the birds and the sound of an airplane passing miles away from us which scared me even more because my paranoid self kept thinking it’s the sound of raging water rushing miles behind us. Despite not having enough sleep, and not having a chance to eat a lot of snacks (because of trying to get out of the canyons on time), I had an adventure of a lifetime. We clocked in 22 miles in 24 hours and I wouldn’t want to experience that any other way.