Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Falling!

April 22 -- I left Torrey, Utah, headed south, on Utah’s Highway 12. It’s noted as an All-American Road.

I went up,

and I went down. In each case, more than once. First gear got a good solid workout today, just as I’d anticipated.

The intended destination for the day was Calf Creek. My source mentioned size was an issue, but it seems that our Scamp is certainly smaller than many rigs. None the less, I didn’t fit in the campground!

That didn’t stop me from being a pig in the parking lot since I got there before it filled. The parking was a double loaded driveway, but without any extra length spaces.  At 10 a.m. I was able to do a U-turn and take several spaces at the end of the row. It would have been a real challenge if I’d arrived at 1 p.m. when this picture was taken.

No camping here for me, but there was a hike. Three miles each way, and a fair bit of it was deep sand. In places the trail was getting wide as people tried to stay to the firmer edges, just making matters worse.

Part of the trail was in the shade which I appreciated.

There was a very nice printed trail guide, along with numbered posts to help you know when to look for something. In this case there were supposed to be granaries, plural. I was only able to spot one,

but it was a beauty! Once again, I sure couldn’t figure out the route a person takes to get the groceries.

A little further on, also on the far side of the canyon, were three large pictograph figures. There’s a fourth figure to the right of the obvious three, and there may be something else in the top left corner of the photograph. (As always, click to enlarge.)

This day, my goal wasn’t ruins or pictographs. The goal was the Lower Calf Creek falls. The first view through the trees was tantalizing.

At the falls itself, it was delightfully cool. A nice spot to stop for a bite to eat and watch the water… falling.

It’s a very popular hike. I didn’t see many on the trail going in, but met several in the last ¼ mile that were just starting back. After 30 minutes at the falls, I met about 20 people headed in as I was headed out.

By the way, they’re looking for a campground host for June and July. Comes with a full hook-up site and not a glimmer of connectivity.

$5 for parking or a National Lands Access Pass.

Home for the night wasn’t where I thought I’d be. I ended up in the “overflow” (aka Arch group site) at Kodachrome State Park since I was way too cheap to pay $28 so that I could plug in. $19 was bad enough! All the nice known boondock places between the two were high elevation or already taken.

This post was uploaded and scheduled thanks to the Wifi at Mickey D's in Kanab, Utah.

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    1. I sure understand why you keep coming back!

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  2. Love hearing about this area and thinking about Utah places. So ready to be back on the road again .... we are not even close.

    Wondering how hot it is and how far up you must go to be comfortable?

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    1. I've never visited in mid summer but there's lots of places that are in excess of 7000 ft elevation which should give nice nighttime temperatures, even in the summer.

      Must be tough dealing with the work of getting a house ready for sale when you have that beautiful trailer begging to travel.

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