We had been planning our Hanksville trip for a few years, and we were excited because it was finally here. We planned on doing a lot of trails in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, at least one trail in Capitol Reef National Park, and a slot canyon near Goblin Valley. Though we'd done a lot of trails around the San Rafael Swell, we were saving Little Wild Horse Canyon until we could do the hike. We started up Molly's Castle with the hike as our destination.
Molly's Castle is always a nice way to start the day. The weather was perfect as we aired down near the highway, and there were big insects everywhere. They looked like a cross between a cricket and a beetle, and we named them "creedles." Autumn, Frank's daughter, has the new nickname. They were feisty little critters.
We soon headed along the trail and it was easy going until we got near Molly's Castle itself. The trail gets a bit rougher at that part, so we slowed down. There were a few people in two different spots who were getting ready to climb the big bluff. We wished we could stay and watch, but we had places to be.
We cruised to the end of the trail, and saw Little Wild Horse Canyon as a paved road in front of us. That was next, so we crossed the pavement that leads to Goblin Valley and headed in.
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