Overlooks and Outbacks
Ultimate Utah, Day 8: Torrey, UT to Escalante, UT
|Formations are much larger than they appear as Ken is standing 40 yards in front of them.|
Finally they reached the Colorado River, which they knew they would have to cross, only to find it was 1,800 feet below them. Undaunted, the intrepid pioneers labored for months, forging a trail down a steep chasm using blasting powder and hand chisels. Eventually, the entire entourage, including 83 wagons and more than 1,000 head of livestock, made it safely down the makeshift road with a 25 to 45% grade.
We continued into Escalante and, upon the advice of the innkeeper at the new Estrada Escalante Lodge, went to Escalante Outfitters for an excellent pizza dinner. Who would have guessed a clothing and equipment merchant would have such good food? Tomorrow we'll continue west on UT-12 to Bryce Canyon National Park, another of Utah's "Big Five."
SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017
• Ended in: Escalante, UT
• Miles driven: 177 (total 2,958)
• Weather: 26° to 57°, clear to hazy
• Letterboxes: Found 3, Planted 1 (total: F17, P6)
• Walked: 2.33 mi (total 30.75)
• Buffalo: 15
• Deer: 2
• Overlooks: 7
Loved: The seemingly endless variety of landforms we saw—colors, textures, shapes, sizes.
Lacking: Mile markers on the Burr Trail
Learned: We were astonished and humbled to learn about the 19th century pilgrims and their bold confidence that led them to believe they could (and did) traverse this rocky crevice in a bunch of covered wagons along with women, children and livestock.
|Hole-in-the-Rock (photo from Wikipedia)|