Unlike the first time I had the opportunity to hike the Left Fork, this time was filled with sun and led to a lot of fun swimming in the pools that make up the Subway.
The lesson of the day: if you are falling, it is better to fall than to grab a cactus. If you grab a cactus, you will promptly let go and fall anyway. If you fall anyway, you will use your hand to attempt to break your fall. If you attempt to break your fall, you will send cactus needles deeper into your hand.
This was a perfect day.