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... right thing by going left onto the trail. Kandy told us a Frenchman had told them to do it, and it became a running joke in the group for quite a while because the climb back was much easier for us than for them on the switchbacks.
It was a short drive to Cannonville, where we had a spot of luck setting up camp. Rachel needed to demonstrate how to do it, and chose our tent to set up (because we had had the back seat). Easy!
Dinner was tasty, ...
... climb back out, so decided to go back down highway 12 to the Lower Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
where the trailhead for the lower Calf Creek Falls is located. About 6 miles total with only a 250 foot elevation gain but trail is very sandy so fairly strenuous.
On Wednesday we followed the recommendation of Steve and Randy, our friends from our Alaska trip last year, and drove about 26 miles down the dirt and gravel ...
... so bad.
We called in at the Escalante State Park beside the Wide Hollow Reservoir to walk the 1.75 mile trail up through a large area of examples of petrified wood where there was once a forest....about 135-155 million years ago! For about 40 million of these years the Colorado Plateau has been uplifting so the petrified logs have been broken into irregular pieces. Science aside, it was an interesting walk.
Here on this plateau we were about 6,000 ...
... and canyons, over mountains dappled with bright yellow patches of aspens - we stopped off to hike the three miles to Lower Calf Creek Falls. The hike along the creek went along a canyon of (yes, you guessed it...) multi-coloured sandstone, and the falls at the end were ...
... rolling in from Mexico. Not great to travel in or to see the great sights and it's forcast to be this way at least til Monday and we're booked at all the hotels, so we'll be picking out windows to ride in, starting tomorrow. Meanwhile we've had a bit of a respite. Oh M.J. is admiring her new acquisition in the mirror. It's now cleared ...
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