Brrr…..It was cold last night as a cold front moved in. I had every layer of clothing on including my raincoat. But I slept well, I am still tired from hiking 29.4 miles two days ago. Today is a short day. We will be hiking 12 miles to the car.
We start off across the Plateau and the lighting is beautiful as the storm clouds gather above us. We are above 7,000 feet up here so I shouldn’t be surprised when it starts to snow. But I am.
We see signs of the ancients who have marked their experiences in the rock, or through it. Aliens with antenna, supernovas, stories of an elk hunt, and people with dogs or coyotes.
Maybe this is just our interpretation from our viewpoint of not knowing. Whatever they represent, the petroglyphs mark an important place in the landscape.
We hike down off the Plateau, dropping 1900 feet in just over two miles. We get to the car before noon and we head to Kanab, Utah. Tomorrow we will do a car shuttle to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs was an amazing section with contrasts of high plateaus and low river narrows. So far, the Hayduke thrills in it’s power of extremes.