Our first day in the park we went on a nice walk on the Kayenta trail. We were there early and seemed to be the first ones on the trail, which is always nice. On the way up, I looked down to see a tarantula crossing the path right in front of me. I ran back a few feet to where Jim was and said, “Big spider! Big spider!” I’d never seen a tarantula in the wild before. Like the turkeys and mule deer, he didn’t seem to care about us.
The trail was supposed to be closed before the middle emerald pool but, to our surprise, it was open to the pool. Just past the pool was another small pool with a waterfall down the side of the cliff.