|Hiking||5.00 Miles|| 6 Hrs 30 Mns || ||0.77 mph|
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Sunday was the hottest day of the weekend. Its also the day we chose to go see the Wahweap Hoodoos. Although, 85 degrees doesn't sound all that hot, the sky was clear and the sun was beating down on us the whole way. We even found ourselves hiking along the Eastern cliffs of the Wahweap valley, not just because they were interesting, but because they were in the shade. Unfortunately, this took us far off the main drainage and before you know it we were burning too much energy up and down multiple ridges. I finally had enough of this and led the troops to the West side. That's where the hoodoos are.
Just when I felt my group was starting to grow weary, the first set of hoodoos seemed to just appear out of nowhere. They blend into their environment so well, its hard to notice them without a good look. Once you seem them and know what you are looking for, they just seem to pop out.
On to the next crop of hoodoos. Wow! You walk around the next corner and are met with a garden of hoodoos. One of which we call the fertility hoodoo. Quite the pumpkin.
We stopped for lunch in this hoodoo garden then walked around the bend to the next garden. This one was as impressive as the first and features the most famous hoodoo, known as the Tower of Silence.
These hoodoos appear very fragile and we were careful not to climb on them or lean on them. I wouldn't even call this stuff rock. Its somewhere between sandstone and mud. I can't imagine it would take much to vandalize and destroy this surreal landscape. Maybe the 4 mile hike-in is too discouraging to would be vandals.
Of course the biggest vandal would have to be mother nature herself. This stuff looks like it would melt away with every rain or wind storm that comes through. I don't know how long these hoodoos have been around, but the fragility makes me think that this place won't always look the same.
Incredible hoodoos and awesome sights along the way. I am tempted to return just to spend more time in some of the side canyons that we encountered on our journey.
||Wildflowers Observation Isolated
|This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.|