Page, Arizona is the hub of a wheel called the Grand Circle - an area that includes the National Parks and Monuments that dot the varied terrain of northern Arizona and southern Utah and Colorado.We won't be able to see it all on this trip.
Our first stop was intended to be just a quick touchdown. We've camped at Lake Powel's Lone Rock Beach several times.
Before our quick lunch was made, someone called out Randy's name - recognizing his "distinctive style" I guess, from my blog photos. We had met new friends.
We meet a lot of great people on the road but, once in a while, we recognize a special connection. Such was the case with Bruce and Sheila. We just clicked.
Reluctantly, we did move on into the lower Escalante the next day and stuck to our promise to do hikes that were new to us.
We love scrambling off-trail on slickrock and had plenty of opportunity for it. Randy wanted to climb a giant gold rock we had passed on our drive to Hackberry Canyon. We encountered some Swiss hikers who told us we could climb up to that rock from the Paria Box so we stayed in the area a day longer than planned to do what ended up being the longest hike of our trip. We have no idea how long this trail was - it's not on the official maps and a ranger we talked to later didn't even know about it - but we estimate the round-trip was over nine miles.
The next day, in Kanab, we found out there is a much shorter route to the top of what they call, Yellow Rock. In fact, we had actually been parked at the trailhead two days ago and didn't even know it. Arrrgh!
I know, I know ... you're saying, "Enough with the pictures of rocks already, or I'm going to stop following this blog!" You'll be glad we only spent one day in Zion National Park. This is, however, the park with the most majestic of all rocks. Just two photos - indulge me, please?
Once again, we camped in amazing, scenic, free locations, including this familiar one, near Zion. Do you recognize it?
Continuing on the Grand Circle route, our adventure trail eases north and east. With less than a month until we head home, there are still so many stops we want to make. Can we get them all in?
Days on the road on current trip: 104
Total camping costs to date: $133.00
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