Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hoodoos, Slots and Drop-Offs

You would never guess that it was Spring in southern Utah - this morning, it was 7 degrees and our pipes are all frozen! We've been discoverin' all sorts of places - even just around our campsite that have totally ultralicious odeurs! But in the last few days, we've been exploring places a little further away, such as Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Here we are - yes - tryin' out our backpacks on this trail!
Here am I, Sammie - turning a corner over a ledge to find a little "bowl" where we could play a bit!
And Avalon... with some of Kodachrome Basin's cool towers behind her! (We think it should be called Digitally Enhanced Basin heh heh!)
See what we mean about the drop-offs? We were constantly having to help and guide our parents over these treacherous parts of the trail!
"That's right, Avalon - you stay in front, and I'll take up the rear, or poor Dad will never make it down!"
Back down at the bottom, we could let our guard down and fight over a stick - well, more like a log! Then we moseyed on into the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument - the only NM administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management)... It is a ginormous park - close to two million acres! (That's bigger than Rhode Island...) Read more about the park HERE.
After leaving KBSP, we drove down a dirt road with several spurs (for interesting side trips that we didn't take) to reach this magnificent arch - Grosvener Arch. It's a rare double sandstone arch that is 152 feet high! For scale, we are at the bottom of the pitchur, in case you couldn't see us hee hee!
Although we are allowed offleash in state parks, Grand Staircase/Escalante Park and Utah national forests, here, there is a unique soil that "grows" in the deserts of Utah. It's called Cryptobiotic soil and we're not supposed to walk on it, so... we had to be on leash - you know how we like to tear around! (Can you see someone's footprint that went through the crust?) You can read about these soils HERE.
Another view of this towering arch!
We meandered further down this dirt track called Cottonwood Canyon Road, to see what was ahead. It's 46 miles long, but today it was closed after the 18 miles marker - Dad wanted to go as far as we could. There were some steep hills, up and down, and washboard-like in several places, notably on the steepest grades! We found the above sign, and, intrigued, decided to check it out!
We found a slot canyon! Again, we didn't get to go offleash, even though the place was like a giant stone X-pen! (They were scared we'd run up the squeeze canyon for miles and never come back!) Still, we pulled and pulled on leashes when a chipmunk darted out from under a huge rock - we had to give chase!
Avalon tried to climb the walls to garner an introduction!
And I was just plain flustered! Still... don't let anybuddy tell you slots don't pay - this one offered us up a jackpot!
So... we made our way back down to our truck through the slot - we surely enjoyed our time here!
Back at our headquarters, we checked out the Lodge at Bryce Canyon. This is the only NP Lodge left that is the original one built. Pretty cool!
Here we are with Mom and Dad - look at the worried look on our faces; we fear for them bein' so close to the edge! But... aren't the hoodoos here amazin'????
Later, we had a campfire and s'mores - we're just scrounging around for dropped tidbits! (Wifi has been difficult, but trying our best to post and come say hi when internets available. Have post several pix on Facebook - click on our sidebar FB button...)


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Thank you for posting photos of these beautiful areas-I've driven near them but never been able to stop-maybe this spring or summer.
So glad you two kept such watch over your mom and dad. Have a wonderful Easter.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am still in awe of how beautiful and amazing everything is, and how good you all look next to the red rocks!! :-)

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Sierra Rose said...

Beautiful!!! LOVE the photo of all of you! And, glad you could guide your humans down those narrow trails! Yikes!
Did your pipes really freeze?? Not good... Are they ok now?
Have been missing you here!!! Have fun on your adventures!!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Bassetmomma said...

These rocks look so majestic! Stunning pictures and you two look great next to them! Have a Happy Easter!

Macintosh Mitch said...

Wow! What a HUGE playground! Your pictures are absolutely awesome!

Love ya lots,

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD Sammie and Avalon this post just Took my Breff Away with the BEAUTY.

More shades of Brown than a 64 box of Crayolas.

I think WE ALL hit the jackpot with this post!

CJ/Rick said...

Wow! Sam, you and Avalon get to go to all the beautiful spots. Good for you.

Lorenza said...

I really love to come and see your pictures!
All the adventures!
It sounds a little bid cold to me!
Have fun!
Kisses and hugs

Mango said...

Hard to believe that is the old U S of A because it looks like an alien planet landscape. What an awesome adventure.


Mileys Daily Scoop said...

We love seeing all your adventures, so beautiful!!! Can't wait to see where you go next!!

The Army of Four said...

Wow! WOW! and WOW!!! Those pix are incredible! The Grosvener Arch is so beautiful - but then we also love all the rich colors - your coats both look so gorgeous against the red rocks and soil! And 7 degrees sounds mighty nice, too!
Maybe the bestest pic is the family portrait at the end! WOW!!! (Did we say that yet?)

Little Reufus said...

Please to send fur me. I am yeur long lost brother!!

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

The Thuglets said...

Wow..what absolutely amazing scenery and photos! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
It looks like you are having a fabulous trip.
Have a wonderful Easter
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

George The Lad said...

Wow again, you are two very lucky dogs to visit such a stunning place, the colours of the rocks are just amazing and the height!! Thanks for posting two great blog posts, moms not getting us on the laptop that much but we will be sure to catch up with you posts when she does
Have a great week
See Yea George xxx

bichonpawz said...

Wow! You two have such an awesome life! Just look at all of that exploring you are doing!! Glad you got some nice family shots!! The scenery is awesome there!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug