Ready to load up the llamas at the trailhead.
Looking into the intersection of First and Main Canyons from camp.
Looking toward camp from a mile or so to the south.
A typical sandstone swimming pool
Climbing to a small summit south of camp
Panorama to the north from the summit
First night in camp.
Panorama looking east from camp.
Toni heading out toward Ladder Canyon and the Escalante River
This is why it's called Ladder Canyon
A pool formed by a small waterfall in Ladder Canyon.
A rest after passing through the notch in the background.
Outing on second day
View out to Boulder Mtn. to the north
Dave finds some precious shade.
The group (minus photographer) on another minor summit.
The pools were full from a recent storm.
Headed to the Cosmic Cauldron
Melanee at the pass into the Cosmic Cauldron, one of the most amazing works of geology in the Escalante.
Descending into the Cauldron, enabled by chiseled steps in the sandstone.
Looking down from the small dome inside the Cauldron
Inside the Cauldron
Third day, exploring slot canyons to the west.
4th day, heading into a slot canyon.
This slot took us to the bottom of Main Canyon.
The descent into Main Canyon
Ferrying packs thru a slightly moist section.
Stuart exploring a slot that turned out to be a dead end.
The biggest Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer) of several we encountered.
It is often easier to stem across these slots than to try to negotiate the narrow (and wet) bottoms.
Dave and Lynn showing good chimney technique.
A mid-day panorama from camp.
Lunch in the shade on a long hike out to the west to explore more canyons.
The llamas arrive to take the gear out. This is Ozzie, my favorite of the bunch.
It is wise to be careful when picking up things that have been sitting on the ground a while.
This seems to be a Northern Scorpion (Paruroctonus boreus)
Melanee's charge seemed content munching on grass even with 70lb on its back.
Leaving camp with our very cooperative llamas.
Beginning the next phase of trip: A hike in Lower Calf Creek Canyon
Calf Creek Canyon
Fall arrives, Calf Creek Canyon
A side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
Cheryll hiking to the falls, Calf Creek
Pictographs, Calf Creek Canyon
Desert spiny lizard (Sceloporus magister)
The amazing American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) feeds on bugs washed downstream in swift water.
Calf Creek Falls
Calf Creek Falls, well worth the 6-mile hike to see.
A big ampitheatre, Calf Creek Canyon
The Fruita area in Capitol Reef National Park
Hiking a short trail overlooking Fruita in Capitol Reef NP
Trail, Fruita area in Capitol Reef NP
Looking down into Fremont Canyon in Capitol Reef NP
Fruita, the historical Mormon homestead in Capitol Reef NP
Peekaboo Arch from Muley Twist Trail, Capitol Reef NP.
Peekaboo Arch, afternoon light.
Near the Muley Twist Trailhead.
Muley Twist Canyon
Looking out over the Waterpocket Fold.
Viewpoint, Waterpocket Fold area.
Petroglyphs in the sandstone walls of Fremont Canyon, Capitol Reef.
Petroglyphs, Fremont Canyon. The bullet holes are more recent. Just some good ol' boys out having fun . . .
The amazing Goblin Valley State Park
Goblin Valley State Park
Mrs. Butterworth Rock, Goblin Valley
Late evening, Goblin Valley
Sunset, Goblin Valley
Hiking in the VERY popular Little Wild Horse Canyon. Don't go here on a weekend unless you enjoy being with LOTS of people and their dogs.
Solution pockets, Little Wild Horse Canyon.
Narrows in Little Wild Horse Canyon.
Narrows, Little Wild Horse Canyon.
Little Wild Horse Canyon.