|After 2 days of driving, first night in a truck stop west of Boise, we end up in Moab on the Sands Flats camping area in overflow. There was a Show and Shine over the weekend with hundreds of muscle cars and trucks on display so everything was hopping in town. All campgrounds were full. Love the slick rock and the warmth after 5 months of snow.That's us to the right in the TC.|
|Next day we drive to Klondike Bluffs/Baby Toes where we heard there were new single tracks. After trying out the new trails we come down on the slickrock. It's like a big rock roadway. And everyday it's sunny.|
|That evening we have to drive up Geyser Pass road to the La Sals and hike in the snow, Gold Basin I think. We missed it so much. Ya, right.|
|Trail which is to the left, follows the canyon rim almost the whole way down.|
|Crosscheck working on his slickrock technique and his tan.|
|Mrs Crosscheck up one of the ladders linking Big Springs Canyon with Squaw Canyon.|
|Getting late as we traverse the slickrock above Squaw Canyon.|
|A nifty little hole in the canyon wall.|
|Drive back out to #122 where we find a nice spot to camp. Lots of places along the way for boondocking.|
|Back next day, leaving from Squaw Flats heading for Lost Canyon Trail from Peekaboo trail.|
|Back to #122 but at a different spot. As you can see this boondocking is pretty tough. Oh no, big problem, I just spilt red wine all over my evening dinner jacket.|
|Last hike, day 3 at Needles, we head out of Elephant Hill bound for Chestler Park. Those multicoloured spires ahead are the Needles.|
|Our destination today is Druid Arch. Pretty massive chunk of rock when you get closer. Met a number of people hiking to the arch, many were backpacking and using this out and back as a day trip.|
After rationing water for a few hours we hit the oasis of Indian Gardens. We guzzle that wonderful cool water, chat with other hikers and start the last climb to the top. We were surprised how much shade there was and how easy the climb was. Bright Angel has hiker friendly grades and we were up top by 5:00 .
The highest point we get to is White point where we have a great view of the different pastel colours that the Red Canyon can come up with. From here, it's downhill all the way to the tourist info centre. Whoo Hoo!!!
As we get closer west into BC, the weather gets warmer. Pass Creston,turn right and head up twisty #3A towards the Balfour ferry. Stop for lunch at a little boat launch and looking at the green mountains and blue lake we marvel at what a difference a few days can make when you travel.