||Waterpocket Fold - Utah
Thanks for the great pictures and memories Allan!
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||We drove to Bullfrog and hired one
of the marina workers to drop us off on the far
of Lake Powell. We went early in the year when the
lake is still low, there was water in all of the
and there wasn't anyone around for miles. For three
days, we didn't see as much as a rowboat on the
although there was plenty of evidence of last year's
crowd in the first 50 feet from the shoreline.
||The big problem with hiking here is
the scale of this place. Our inability to comprehend
the horizontal scale was compounded by lots of vertical
"variety," and what we thought would be
short walk to a high spot for some photos turned out
to be a full day hike. We did three hikes, one up
each side of the drainage on which we camped and one
up the center between the two branches of the drainage.
Each hike had a delightful combination of the new
and the familiar. The familiar was the long view and
the sedimentation layers we encountered on each hike,
and the new was the endless variety of wind and water
erosion and the way animal and plant life formed continuous
gardens to complement the rock.
It's hard to get into details about
this big-picture place. It is probably the finest
slickrock walking you will find anywhere with enough
variety in a simple 3 hour hike to range from easy
to quite technical. We liked it because each member
of our group could choose the level of challenge at
each stage of the walk.
Take water purification (we use iodine since it's
simple, lightweight, and safe) and avoid the summer
months. Do not take jalapeno cheese and peanut butter.
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