Lakes, bridges and Indian ruins
Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
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The fresh water lake was fun to swim in. The 'beach' was just rock surfaces and the lake was surrounded mainly with cliff edges. Dillon and Chris spent a lot of their time jumping from the cliffs into the water. I refused. I'm not ready to jump into water when I know the risks. One day I will give it a go though. I swam around to a spot that made you feel alone surrounded on two sides with giant cliffs. As always water and sunlight equals sunburn. I started using sunscreen again at this point.
The locals told us about a place called Cowboy's Camp. It had a bunch of native ruins there apparently so we headed off in that direction
After a couple of hours we headed off towards Natural Bridges National Monument, an area with some of the world's largest natural bridges (natural because they were made through erosion). I really wanted to stand on the bridge but it wasn't allowed and the one guy we saw try to get up there couldn't make it. Joy learnt that I really wasn't afraid of heights and I learnt that she really is when I sat on the cliff edge at the viewpoint and she freaked out. Dave, the koala, attempted to fly but I grabbed him before the wind pushed him off the edge. I was more afraid for Dave's safety than my own. Except for when I was throwing him up and down the ladder we had to climb to get to the view point, at that point Dave proved he couldn't fly when he nearly fell down the cliff again. Silly Dave!
We headed off again to a place called Butler's Wash, a trail that led to pretty epic ruins of some native houses built into the sides of cliffs
We headed back to the car where Dillon and Chris expected Tanya and Joy to yell at them. They returned to the car cocky though cause they had survived to tell the tale.
Making it to Blanding, we grabbed a pizza for dinner and camped in a RV park, used their showers and left before we had to pay in the morning. I slept in the car and had a decent sleep, the others slept in the tent and some slept well while others didn't.