Today, we got up and headed East toward the Escalante Grand Staircase on Router 12, which is a scenic drive. We drove as far as Boulder and took in a lot of cool scenery along the way.
Our first stop was very shortly into our drive, at an area called Mossy Cave. The hike is about a mile round trip through a small valley with a brook, and there's a nice waterfall in one area and a cool, damp cave in another that is kept constantly wet by a spring. Obviously, as the name implies, the cave is full of moss.
Next, we drove on to the Petrified Forest State Park in Utah. They have two sections of petrified forest. One is next to the parking area, the other requires a bit of a hike up to the top of a mesa. The one on top of the mesa had a geocache in it, so of course Nate had to hike it. The park is adjacent to a reservoir, so Mathea took the opporunity to get her feet wet.
Petrified Forest State Park Hike
Our final formal stop was at the Anasazi Museum in Boulder, UT. It's an excavation of a pueblo and a small reconstruction of one. Very well-done and worth the visit.
Of course, we made many more stops along the way, both there and back. Route 12 is very scenic and has a lot of fantastic views.
That evening, we headed out to Inspiration Point to see the sunset. The canyon really gets beautiful shortly after the sun sets - the colors get much richer red.
Inspiration Point at Sunset
Then it was back to the motor home for a late bedtime.