|Dry Forks Slot Canyon|
So... Way, way back in the day when I was a youthful traveler, I went to Petra. And I vividly remember the absolutely jaw dropping amazement that followed when I walked through the Siq or shaft that led to the massive temple, or Treasury.
Even though the Petra passages and slot canyons are formed differently, the siq has become my image of anything "slotty" which takes me right back to my incredible experience in Petra. Last fall, when Sam and I went to Zion, we wanted to hike The Narrows, but didn't quite have a chance. So after I found out that there were some slotty opportunities in GSENM, we made sure to plan for it...
Yesterday, we drove thirty miles to Escalante, then another twenty seven miles down the Bumpy-as-a-Mogul-Hole-in-the-Rock-Road to the area known as the Dry Fork Slots. We had the dogs with us, so we had been warned that it would be really
|In the background you can see the LOW CLEARANCE folks|
|Was this Alice or Mike poised to make fun of us in our Ford?|
Yeah. Not comfortable.
As promised, this hike was no joke. The descent into the wash was a steep
|The rock face wasn't bad for humans, but perhaps not great for furry beasts|
|Roland's St. Bernard roots were kicking in!|
When we got down into Dry Forks, I suddenly understood what people loved about slot canyons. There's just something otherworldly about the rock face and the lighting. Each turn was an entirely new perspective:
|Sam with the dogs|
|A turn later|
We didn't hike the whole trail as our dogs got rock-blocked! However high Sam lifted them, there was no way our dogs could have gotten past this:
|Done with much of the climb|
|In the car on the way out|
Yeah. I went there.