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Old 08-29-2016, 07:17 PM   #169
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On the road to wherever we end up....

John - sounds like you are having a great trip. I wish we were out on the road down there; Southern Utah is my favorite area. Work is keeping me on a tight leash, and the closest we make it is a AS club rally near the center of the state (see http://utahswasatchairstreamclub.wbcci.net) in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy!
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:46 PM   #170
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John, I would agree with Ron regarding those road conditions over the mountain - we've had a lot of showers the last several weeks due to monsoon weather. A couple months ago they were fine but now may be rutted. They may be fine but probably safer to explore them once your parked and unhitched.

I highly recommend Spencer Flats Road if it's seclusion and a view of the canyons outside your window you're seeking. The dirt road is 10.5 miles east of Escalante and two turns below the top overlook of the Staircase on Hwy 12. There's a cattle guard right off the pavement and there's a spot right there but with your 30-footer you'll want to go 2 miles in, across Little Spencer Flat, up a short, slightly steep S-curve hill that's rutted from use and rain, and then 50 yards past a second cattle guard. There's a large turnout on the left with plenty of room for your trailer. I was visiting there two days ago and it was empty. There is a spur road that leads to a corral at the bottom of that hill where you can stop, check out the hill, and turn around if you decide to do so. Hole in the Rock Road has a very large flat area 150 yards off Hwy 12 that can accomodate 10 or so trailers; it's more accessible but doesn't have the view Spencer Flats does. You can get free drinking water for your trailer/jugs at the Visitor Center at the west end of town. Breakfast at Circle D Eatery, good pizza at The Outfitters Cafe, and all the hiking info and gear you need at Utah Canyons Outdoors store across from the cafe - talk to Caitie or Jim. Oh, and try to keep your eyes on the road if you come up Hwy 12 - the Hogsback stretch drops off on either side. There's a good reason why Hwy 12 was voted the second most scenic by-way in America.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:52 AM   #171
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Ok, we'lol try Spencer Flats, especially with the opportunity to stop and and check out the hill.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:12 PM   #172
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Just parked at spencer flats. Heading to town for some supplies. More to follow
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:02 PM   #173
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Catching Up

Just posted some more pictures of slot canyons near Hanksville UT. I have hundreds of them, but have probably posted enough from that area.

We had a great time in Hanksville. Small town several good places to eat, fuel up, etc.

Note: due to weather forecast of strong afternoon storms, we opted to stay in a campground. We selected Duke's Slickrock Steakhouse and campground. Sites are wide but on the short side, no problem for our 30'. We good 4 bars of ATT at E, not LTE. Place was very clean, great owners and the steakhouse was good, at least my fries were good. All in all, a great stop and would return.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:31 PM   #174
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Just returned from a trip into Escalante. We met Westcoastas for lunch, actually we had ice cream. It is great to meet fellow airstreamers on the road, especially when we have communicated on the forums. Jeff was helpful in pointing out the amenities in Escalante, most notably for us, where to dump our garbage! He reinforced some things to do on our bucket list while here in Escalante. Tomorrow we head to some of the slot canyons. We will be meeting up again later this week. BTW, he was instrumental in helping us find the outstanding boondocking site.....thanks much!!!
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:19 AM   #175
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Day 101..... Still camped on BLM at Spencer Flats. Yesterday we drove about 70 miles down Hole in the Rock Rd to two slot canyons, Spooky and Peek a Boo. They are great. There were three other groups of hikers, two of them turned around, they claimed claustrophobia. We went up Spooky first, and I can see why...some tight places. It's called a nontechnical canyon, but we were challenged, mostly due to height of scrambles. Maybe I should say it was a challenge to me....Jeanne scampers up just about anything! Anyhow, both canyons were a lot of fun. Great day. Today is rest up and plan our hike for tomorrow. We are checking out Cosmic Ashtray and red break. We'll go into town and see about maps, and of course some fries! More to follow....

Check out the photos on Instagram link below.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:05 AM   #176
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We too took the counterclockwise route up through Spooky and then down Peekaboo. We were fortunate to meet a 6'2" photographer 2/3 the way up Spooky and he helped pull us up that rock fall scramble at the north end. We used a knotted rope down the front face of Peekaboo as I slid down on my belly, feeling for the moki steps. We met a Ranger later on and he told us about a cow awhile back that had wandered into Spooky, I think it was, but then got stuck. The rancher was called, tried to extricate his cow but ended up shooting it and then burning the carcass - to what end the ranger couldn't say (no, not for hamburgers). The ranger said he and a crew had to chop up the charred remains and lift them out. Hmm...the glamorous part of being a Ranger.

If you do get to Cosmic Ashtray, you may want to have a rope or nylon strap on you to navigate the convex slope near the bottom. Ask Caitie or Jim.

Some blogs and threads talk about National and State Parks and boondocking sites...but there's something to be said about French fry notations. Carry on you two and see you Sunday!
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:29 AM   #177
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John & Jeannie,

I looked at the pic's. A big congrats on ringing the bell, nicely done. Now what does ringing the bell mean? No real clue but think of reaching a goal, and another one and then finding another bell somewhere else.

Keep going.
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:20 AM   #178
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Day 103.... Today we break camp and head down to Shooting Star RV Resort. Plan to leave around 1pm. The rains deepened a wash, so I will have to knock down part of the wall. Aside from that, this has to be our favorite all time campsite....we hope there will be more.

We hiked yo Cosmic Ashtray yesterday. Blue sky, temp was perfect. It is about an 8.5 mile out and back. We saw clouds developing but they were moving southeast with heavy rain. And of course, it changed and it chased us up to the top of Cosmic. Heavy rains, small hail, and unbelievable winds. We made it to an overhang, already had rain jackets on, and we used our poncho to block wind. It was an exciting 25 minutes. We stayed only long enough to take a few pictures and then headed back. The previously dry washes were full of rushing water. Got back in time for some well deserved French fries and ice cream! Another great day and happy to be on the road to wherever we end up.....
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:28 PM   #179
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Day 105.... Still in Escalante. Had a quiet Labor Day. We visited some more with Westcoastas and explored town. This morning we set out on another fun, yet much gamer hike to Calf Creek Falls, specially the lower trail, about a 6 mile out and back. One of the prettiest falls I have seen, about a 250' drop into a pool and grotto. Just posted some pictures to Instagram link below.

Thinking about staying another day....more to follow.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:30 PM   #180
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Saw a forecast that said the desert SW might be in for some rain due to a tropical storm working it's way north up the Pacific coast. Keep a weather eye out for that sort of stuff, stay safe!
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:26 AM   #181
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Thanks, just saw that weather forecast. We think we are going to Kodachrome from here, then Kanab, then on the Monument Valley. We hope to miss all that if it happens. Again thanks.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:35 AM   #182
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Day 108.... Well, time has come and we must move on from Escalante. What a fantastic place to visit, explore, and be in the great outdoors.

Note: most of our stay was boondocking on BLM. We did come into the town of Escalante and stay at the Shooting Star RV Resort. It is an Airstream motel, with about 10 different models that can be rented. Also a drive in movie theatre complete with snack shop. Michelle and Troy are great host. Our site was among the rented Airstreams and it was fun to visit with the guest. A great stop and strongly recommend as a place to stay.
We are off to somewhere around Kodachrome for a couple days. More to follow...
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