The water was much higher than I'd anticipated, due to the amount of precipitation the area has apparently experienced this year. Accordingly, the walk was slow, through knee-deep (and often times much deeper) water. I walked it twice; the first, I failed to purchase or rent "water shoes," not learning from past experiences with this type of environment. My feet paid the price with scores of small pebbles creeping beneath them. The sensation is akin to walking on needles; thus, many stops were necessary to clean out the shoes, and the trek was slow, otherwise, trying to avoid the more silty areas.
The second hike, two days later, was done with all failings of the first applied. I rented the shoes, the neoprene socks, and the hiking stick. The pace was substantially faster, as I wasn't constantly experiencing sharp pains in my feet. Lesson learned.
The Narrows is a very popular hike, still, despite the amount of water within the canyon's walls. To a photographer, this is rather despairing, as I'd often need to wait several minutes for passages to clear before I could take a picture. Eventually, I ended up giving up on some of my more sought-after compositions. It's like having something you've always wanted being put just out of your reach, suffice it to say.
Leaf Aptus-II 12.