They hike was okay, but the waterfalls were quite stunning...with the sunlight and colors. No luck seeing the petroglyphs and ruins along the way...guess I need binoculars.
I wish I'd had a bit more time to explore Escalante's area like I had originally planned, but Zion was calling
. Also, a few of the slot canyons I wanted to explore were down this really rough dirt road...bad, like really bad, washboard. So, Tommy and I decided to be spectators of the landscape instead. Next time I come to this area, I will be in a 4x4 adventure vehicle (close your ears Tommy)! There's loads to explore if you can get to it.
Escalante was like a town waiting to happen. Unlike Hanksville, or even Boulder, it is making it's own future. Outfitters, art gallerys, funky coffee shops and restaurants that are brightly colored line the main street. The general atmosphere of the town was open, friendly and ready for adventure. It was a cool little town.
The drive from Boulder to Escalante was really cool. They have a section of the road following a ridge line and it drops off to nothing on both sides. Really, really wild. This road is relatively new. Before that, these towns were really isolated. They delivered mail by mule until 1940....although, it's probably not much faster today ;0) I stayed at the Calf Creek campground to do this little hike to the waterfalls...7 miles round trip, but, mostly flat. In this state park, they have a "bridge", aka, water crossing, that is under water and through the creek. Twice now I've come across this...this can't be good practice for the little fishies...and I saw a number of them!