Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
May 11, 2005
In the morning we were hiking by 9am to an Arch. Our hike took us across a wobbly log and then found us wading in freezing water about 6 times. We saw a big brown snake and when it comes to snakes - big and brown are not what you want to disturb!!! Then we took the Ramrod down 26 miles of unpaved road full of stones and nasty corregation. All this was worth it though as we were going to hike through canyons of different sizes as many people had done before us
. The hike was down a steep path across hot, red sand under the hot, red sun. Did I mention how hot it was??? The first canyon was about a metre across and twisted in all directions. The 2nd canyon was peekaboo. This was a more difficult one to negotiate with a cast. Ben had to pull me up certain sections of slippery rock (actually there were a couple of spots I would have needed help broken arm or not - shame shame). We twisted and turned and climbed up and down until we reached the end. Now here you're supposed to turn back and then enter the next canyon at the beginning, but we hopped out of the canyon and walked in the freaking hot sun in the desert (and this was the desert like in the movies) a mile or so to the back entrance to spooky canyon. This slot canyon was the real deal. We could barely fit in places and there was all sorts of undulation in the walls. I had to take off my bum bag (fanny pack) and hold it in my teeth to fit through without scraping my camera. It was a little freaky - check out the video. The hike back to the car was hot and the 26 mile bump fest back was hot and dusty. Sooooo very hot. We decided to drive to town and treat ourselves to a coffee and some packet pasta for dinner. MMmmm
The next day we packed up and left for Bryce Canyon.
With Ramrod fixed we made it easily to Escalante. Once we found a supburb camp spot on the river and filling out the usual registration and depositing cash in a box, we took off for a waterfall after taping up my feet with huge amount of duct tape to try and stop more blisters. A little while in I decided the clouds looked certainly like rain and even lightning so I headed back while Ben kept heading for Calf Creek Waterfall. Well I was wrong and we only had a sprinkle, but I enjoyed being able to browse through some magazines we had got for free at the Bozeman library.