Friday, November 13, 2015

RoadTripThree: Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

We woke up on Saturday and headed East to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM). GSENM (the acronym is harder to remember than the name) is 1.8+ million acres of BLM land in Southern Utah. Our trip took us through the southernmost part on the way around to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. On a tip from the Visitor Center we decided to head 9 miles down a dirt road to a hike called Wire Pass. Wire pass is like The Narrows shrunk down for ants, but without the water, and humans get to go in it too because Try to stop me ants! It's about 3-4 ft wide at the narrowest parts.

As you can see below Spring and I are very comfortable being wedged between two walls, slightly above the ground. You can tell because of our comfortable demeanor and we're smiling. So that's something you probably never knew about us.

After the hike we drove a few hundred yards up a hill and camped nearby the trailhead. It was a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere with nobody around. Or so we thought. We were looking at the stars at night and then there was a slow burst of glowing light on the other side of the hill that started growing really big and then shrank back to nothing over about 30 seconds. You can see our best attempt at taking a picture of it but it doesn't really capture it. We never did find out what it was. If we were UFO people we would have been sure it was an alien abduction. But being a pragmatist I think there's a much more logical answer. The UFOs were camping for the first time and tried to light their campfire with plutonium. Honest mistake. Me and my third hand hold no grudge.

We woke up the next morning with all of our organs intact and no fresh head incisions. We headed towards Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona. Lake Powell was not very spectacular. To be fair, Lake Powell is very large and we didn't do much research to find the best place to experience it. Apparently it's known for house-boating, which I didn't realize was a thing. Perhaps it's best experienced on a house boat. All negatives aside though it did serve as an excellent, but cold, bathtub for us after four days of wet-nap showers. Best not to think about that one too much.

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