I attempt to hike to Brimhall Double Bridge in southern Capital Reef National Park, but am stopped by a deep pool of water (which was recently ice) in the narrow access canyon. Being a non-swimmer, I strip down and try to wade through holding my boots, clothes and camera bag above my head. I am forced to turn back when the water approaches my chin and I can’t feel solid ground under my next step. In fact in less than a minute, I can’t feel much of anything at all. Chilly.

Wadding back out the end of the pool I have a sudden fear of a troop of girls scouts showing up right then.

I will try again in the Fall to hike to Brimhall Double Bridge after a long, hot Summer has had a chance to dry up the pool of water. And if the pool is still there, it should at least be warmer.