the hike was planned by my hometeaching companion, an hour hike up the canyon to a group of natural springs and hot pots. i thought those were only around yellowstone.
we couldn't have picked a better time to go; the trees and leaves all around were absolutely beautiful. not since the mountains of kyoto japan (just around eight years ago) have i seen such vibrant and varied vegetation. i didn't bring my camera because i was told to "plan to get wet", leaving me thinking we were hiking through waterfalls or fording rivers. i regret not bringing it, because i could have easily taken a hundred pictures. hooray for memories.
it is so choice. if you have the means, i highly recommend it.