June 3 - Madison
Today we went to Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. I was really excited to go here because everybody says that this is an awesome national monument because it is the only place in the world that has 3 natural bridges, and it is one of the Utah National Parks which are supposed to be awesome.
When we got to Natural Bridges we decided that we wanted to do a 9 mile hike to see all of the bridges, and we thought that we were going to do this hike in about 4 hours. This was going to be the last practice for the Grand Canyon hike because we are going to do that hike in 6 days and we don't want to get to get our legs tired. Once we got to the trailhead Katelyn said that she didn’t feel good!
This wasn’t good because what if this happened the day before our Grand Canyon hike or if she wasn’t able to hike in the heat anymore. My Dad didn’t want to take her into the canyon in 90 degree weather because the last thing we want is having somebody faint in the middle of the canyon. After a while Katelyn decided that we would hike down to the first bridge and then we would see if we could continue the hike. The hike was down and up which was good because that is what the Grand Canyon hike would be like. The first bridge that we saw was called Owachomo, and this is the bridge is supposed to be the most fragile of the 3 because it is the oldest which means that it will probably collapse first.
After we saw this bridge we kept going, and I think that it was a bad idea. We had to hike through a bunch of itchy grass, through mud and in the sun. I was really happy because we saw a really clear petroglyph that the Ancestral Puebloans made. After a while of hiking I thought that we were lost because there were no people and no footprints, but there were trail markers so at least we were a little bit safe. Finally after hiking we saw 2 people that were coming from the other direction. They said that we were on the right path and we were almost at the next bridge. This bridge was called Kachina, and this bridge is supposed to be the youngest bridge.
I liked this bridge because it was shady and we liked echoing. After we saw this bridge we continued hiking to the last bridge. On the way to this hike my Dad took off his Tilley Hat off and then forgot it there! This was disappointing because my Dad has had this Tilley for over 10 years, and it has been to Germany, Thailand, and floating down the Brandywine River. Once we got to the third bridge, called Sipapu, we took some pictures and then decided to head back because were hiking for over 5 hours.
We were very tired, but happy that we made it and felt good. If we can do this, then we can also do the Grand Canyon! Once we got back to the RV we left Natural Bridges and then we went to a campground. Once we got to our campground we ate dinner and then went to bed. I had a really fun and tiring day, and slept very good.