Two weeks spent exploring the slickrock benches and verdant canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

In May 2006, Kate and I joined our friends Stephen and Shawn on their expedition to explore some of the desert areas adjacent to Hole In The Rock Road, an historic Mormon migration route that runs 50 miles from the town of Escalante, Utah down to the eponymous "hole" overlooking a drowned section of the Colorado River that was once forded by the Mormons but is now flooded by Lake Powell.

We had previously explored some of this territory back in Fall 2004, but after only a couple of days of spectacular hiking we got rained out.  So this year we eagerly accepted Stephen and Shawn's invitation to try again.

  • Stephen and Shawn's pop-up trailer formed the social locus of our campsite
  • Gin and tonics being served at sunset out on our slickrock veranda
After a long day's drive from Boulder, Colorado, we arrived in camp around dusk.  Stephen and Shawn had chosen a great campsite near Mile 26 at the edge of the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch, on a rise of slickrock with great views of the desert - territory yet unknown - spread out to the south.

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