Playing catch up on our short trip to Escalante a few days ago. Tried to make it out to some slot canyons, but after 26 miles on a challenging gravel road the car started to get stuck in the silt and we needed to turn back. Unexpected opportunity to explore some secluded areas and find hidden gems.
to the men who have made me stronger + taught me some of life’s greatest lessons, I love you. ❤️ thank you for holding space for me + making sure I always have a safe place to land when I fall. you both mean so much to me. happy father’s day! 🤟🏼
Roadtrip stop #3, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Like Capitol Reef also a first for me. I was interested to see this area since there had been some controversy surrounding it. Not sure about all of the politics but i do know it’s one of the most scenic drives I’ve been on in a long time & I loved driving it 💛 #summerroadtrip
Stunning, mysterious, seemingly endless Grand Staircase Escalante. This designated national monument use to be 1.9 million acres and was reduced almost by half in 2017 by our current administration to 1 million. I’ve barely scratched the surface of all it has to offer. It is Ute, Paiute, and Pueblo land.
I know it doesn’t look that deep, but when you can’t see where you are stepping, have to navigate through the rocks, the water is flowing fast, and you have all your camera gear and valuables in your bag, you better watch your step! I had this hike all to myself, the joys of Grand Staircase Escalante, there is just SO much land that you are bound to find your own little slice.
A few last scenes from our backpacking trip to Coyote Gulch. It was such a different type of trip for me - tons of walking in water, very few defined trails, hardly any other humans, relaxing downtime at camp. I loved it so much and I’m so excited to get back to Colorado mountains and explore more nature this summer. Thank you, Coyote Gulch!
This Willis Creek Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase Escalate was so much fun! There is a creek flowing through the whole thing but it was also possible to keep my feet dry. The girls walked the entire 4 mile round trip in the creek. There never even realized it was a long hike. #gofoxgous#gofoxgo
When blood or water stagnates, it dies. The cycles of life demand transformation of energy from form to form. This pattern has replicated itself in my life, and it never stops being a source of surprise & delight. I've moved a lot as an adult, so I know that friendships don't end when I leave, they just get a different iteration. I made it up to Grand Staircase - it served as a meeting point for friends I've known for years from my time in Denver. One lives in middle-o-everywhere, Utah, and one lives in Golden, but also ...
One of my favorite parts of this backpacking trip was coming across an incredible site full of artifacts and pictographs from the Fremont people who lived here until ~1300AD. There were stone tools, bones, corn, squash stems, braided rope and even part of a weaving. Many of these more fragile artifacts may have come from the Ute, Paiute, and Pueblo who came after the Fremont and lived with the land there in Coyote Gulch.
#pride POST - READ THIS: the reason we started 2TravelDads was actually to share with other LGBTQ families that travel is possible and beneficial, particularly to places you didn't think were safe. So many of us grew up in homes or communities where it wasn't safe to be ourselves, let alone show pride in who we are. If you're not a part of the LGBTQ community, you might not even be aware of the trepidation a lot of us face when choosing a destination or hotel for a trip. . "Is it safe to go out together or hold ...
This is part of yesterday’s hike through Peek-a-boo slot canyon. At times it was more of a climb than a hike. Nature is so beautiful (no filter was used) try to get out and see some where you are. #peekabooslotcanyon#grandstaircaseescalante
So we had some failures on our slot canyon hikes. My bride rediscovered her fear of heights... and I definitely was reminded of my claustrophobia. I got a few good shots but not as many as I had hoped for. . . #desert#desertlandscape
Hi, I’m Kari. I like fish tacos and sauvignon blanc in the summer, presents on Christmas, long drives in the park, sleeping in tents, and generally think life is a big joke. I laugh loudly and often. Here’s to being 29 for life. 😎 #nevergrowup#butalwaysevolve
While you're probably sitting at your desk day-dreaming about the weekend ahead, what beautiful destination pops into your head first?⠀ ⠀ #grandstaircaseescalante #grandstaircaseescalantenationalmonument
Sidestep Canyon sandstone hoodoos. Sidestep is a remote canyon in the Grand Staircase Escalante area in Utah. For more photos from the remote areas of the Colorado Plateau check my newsletter. http://mailchi.mp/28df9383f3d8/robertbushphotography-june-2019-newsletter #sidestepcanyon#grandstaircaseescalante
Grand Staircase Escalante has some great hikes.... this was one of the worst😳 massive biting flies that swarm and chase you. The arch is cool though.... not sure if i would do it again. Maybe in a bee suit?! 🌵☀️ 🏜🌵☀️🤞🏻🌵☀️🏜🌵☀️🌵☀️ • • • • #she_explores #worlderlust