I’ll have scars from this hike for the rest of my life. In the first half mile of this hike, I fell flat onto my knees. Without stopping to look at the blood forming, we kept going. At the bottom, we had heard that there was a thermal feature somewhere, and we decided to look for it. Clambering around off trail, I lost my grip and tumbled about forty or fifty feet straight down a ravine, cutting the holes in my knees deeper and creating a lovely hole in my shoulders. We made it back to the river and found a little conjoining pool with water to wash me off. While we were standing ankle deep there, I started sinking a little, and all of a sudden jolted forward–the water deeper down was hot; we’d found the thermal feature!

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