experiencing as much rain that this winter has brought is exciting for many reasons. first, all this precipitation means we will have a beautiful spring; second, although it knocks out the option of climbing beautiful sandstone, it allows us to explore other canyons and enjoy the wonderful weather.
on this particular morning, we decided to search for caves in a less explored (by us) area, called fossil canyon, that was known for its caves. when we arrived at the trailhead, we were pleased to see the mountains dusted in snow, and were even more excited about our decision to visit this location as the rain turned to soft flakes the further we made it down the trail. we discovered some bolted routes on the right wall glistening with water droplets. from the way the canyon is shaped, it looks like a great early morning spot with shade provided naturally from the canyon.
we passed a few smaller caves we poked around in, and eventually, after some slippery scrambling, made it to a much more significant find. the mouth of this cave was very narrow, as we had to slip in between grafittied rocks, but to our surprise found ourselves in a large area within the left wall of the canyon. there were signs that many had been in this cave before, campfire, broken glass, graffiti, but the sheer size of the cave was magical. we went as far back as we could go comfortably with our wet bodies, and let our gloves air out as we lay and passed stories back and forth, only experiencing a small stream of light from the opening through which we squeezed.