"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Slot Canyons

A friend and I decided to take a trip out from Escalante to a few slot canyons.  For those that aren't familiar with the term, they are narrow, deep fissures through the sandstone outcrops or the Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument.
We got a late start due to the threat of rain, which you don't want as it leads to flash floods.  We traveled 25 miles down a dusty gravel road to the trailhead and entered the canyon.  Part way down we encountered a ranger who didn't encourage us to do the canyons we had come for.  He said the chance of flashflood was too great.
 We settled for a hike up one of the larger ones for a mile or so.  We figured since it was wider, it wouldn't be such a risk.  We had a great hike and then came the time to climb out.
There was a lot of climbing up this,
and through this,
To get up there.  We finally topped out, had a short break, and made our way back to the pavement and the campground.  Tomorrow(Monday) is moving day again.  On to Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon National Park.  Weather is forecast to be cool, 29 degrees Tuesday night.  Glad we have a furnace.
To answer someone's question,  we have 12 Casita's and one outlaw.  The outlaw used to have a Casita so that's why we let him tag alone.  13 trailers and 21 people.  Having a great time.............later........jc

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