|From the East Entrance|
|Beautiful Backdrop, But Too Much Sand!|
|A View from the Last Half-Mile to Angel's Landing|
|Blossom of a Prickly Pear Cactus|
"Glad you got back safely. We were a little worried about you. Hope you had fun! ~ The guy who gave you the rope. P.S. ~ You are very sexy!"
|Along my Hike to "Subway"|
|A View of "The Watchman" from Camp|
|A Slot Canyon on the Hike to Observation Point|
|View from the Summit of Observation Point|
"Few hikes on Earth surround you with such grandeur over the entire length of the hike. Starting from the top, this hike takes you on an eighteen-million year journey through geologic time. From open pasture lands on the plateau, the river slowly slice into the Earth, sinking deeper and deeper below the stone walls on either side. Gradually the shorelines grow smaller and smaller, the walls grow taller and taller; you find yourself in a grand and enormous hallway of beautifully carved stone. The drama continues for miles, as corner after corner reveals more surprises and wonders of this unique and magical place."
|The "Upper Narrows"|
First words out of our Australian shuttle driver's mouth on the way to the trailhead? "It rained last night and it wasn't much, but many places in the road are clay and we might make it, but you'll get half your money refunded." What?! *Sigh* The drive was intense and in some places the slippery clay on the winding, cliff-side road left us all stunned with fingers crossed that we wouldn't go over the edge. With much luck and some amazing driving, we eventually made it to the trailhead at 8am. During the ride I got a little acquainted with some of the surrounding passengers, including a couple fellow mid-westerners - Jesse originally from North Dakota and Morgan originally from Minnesota! They invited me along with them and I had a blast spending time with them on the "trail," which by the way is IN the river. It was nice having some company, especially for a long and potentially dangerous hike such as this.
|We did it!|