Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Escalante in the Spring

M. and I decided it was time for some desert hiking. Unlike most of the time, it was pretty cold all day and there was an extra color I'm not used to down in the desert: Green. We hiked up the Gulch, going upstream with blooming plants, green grass, a high flowing stream, and evidence of recent flooding found in the bent down reeds, flattened plant life, and tangled grass hanging at waist-height off of more stout things. The weather could not have been better and the 10-mile hike in was splendid. After droping packs and setting camp we traveled up a side canyon to see an arch and frolic about.

We topped off the trip with a visit to the Hell's Backbone Grill. Its not what you'd call a dirtbag sort of resturant, even though you can definitely dress like one in there and have nobody care, but after a long hike some gormet food is pretty good. My reccomend: Before you drive home, go in for a cup of coffee and a wiskey and black pepper chocolate bread pudding, which will run you about 10 bucks.



  1. I just want to point out that the hike was 10 miles one way. I just want to make sure we get our props.

  2. My clumsy language has been amended.

  3. does "gultch" = coyote gultch off hole in the rock road?
    people involved 2X5= +10
    overnight (planned) +10
    southern utah in spring +10
    miles hiked *0.5 +10
    resturant review +10
    artistic merit +5


  4. point clarification: 10 miles one-way = 20 miles as out-and-back. Thus, the amended points are 1+20 = 21