Escalante, UT – July 31, 2011

Woke up in the historic cottage in Escalante to an historic alarm clock – a rooster! Drove amazingly scenic roads, about 18 miles down the Hole in the Rock dirt trail, to Devil’s Garden for some hiking among the crazy formations. The trail was forged by a Mormon expedition in 1880, to a steep crevice in the cliffs around Glen Canyon, where they blasted and opened more space to lower 80+ wagons down to cross the Colorado River to form a new settlement on the other side.

We then headed on to more scenery, the tiny town of Boulder, UT, a bright red slot canyon just off the road, and the Anasazi Indian State Park, with an archeologic dig of an ancient people’s village. Along the way, we watched a storm rolling in across the big sky, and lost power in the Anasazi museum during the height of it. Flash flood warnings – and lots of much-needed rain in southern Utah.

 

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