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Posted: 11/30/14 03:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a tribute TR for all those who have forged ahead with their Truck Campers [emoticon]

Our relatives look like rockstars after selling their house in San Diego 10 years ago for a massive price tag and Moving to Colorado Springs. This would be our third trip from San Diego to CS over Thanksgiving and this time I wanted to travel through some of the "backroads". We Started in San Diego to St. George and the trip report starts in the Grand Staircase at Cottonwood Canyon Road. It is a pretty long report so I will include Part I and Part II.

Start of the Trail
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Brenna checking our location
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Time to break in Wolfy II and get er dirty
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Checking out the cottonwood river:
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We took our kids out of school for a week to give them a geology lesson in the "field"
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We were thinking of stopping by the poplular Narrows slot canyon hike along the route but we opted for the more challenging "Round Valley Draw"

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the cottonwood canyon road is pretty easy, but the side road round valley draw requires 4wd
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Our Campsite for the night: free and not another soul around
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Since it was Monday we started the day off with some school work
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After a morning of work we headed out to recess down the wash and to the entrance of the Slot Canyon
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I went down first to investigate and make sure it was safe
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To get into the Slot requires a 15 foot shimmy with the hips, legs and booty. It would have been easier to bring a rope. We lowered the kids down and I provided the necessary foot holds.
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they sure don't teach this type of stuff in school
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here is a video link
Round Valley Draw Slot Canyon Hike Videohttp://youtu.be/mGQZzjgxImU

Heading back up the wash back to camp
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We headed into Escalante, checked out the Animals at the Visitors Center and the kids got their junior scientist badges

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Next on the agenda was HWY12 to the Burr Trail and Wolverine Canyon.
HWY 12
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Always gotta include "The Rig" shot
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Views into Calf Creek, this looks like a special place
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We made our way into Boulder and the start of the Burr Trail
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I topped my gas tank off and tried to clean my windshield
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Entering Long Canyon
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side trip in long canyon to stretch our legs
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We turned off the Burr Trail onto Wolverine Canyon Road loop as we had another field trip to go on
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The Wolverine Petrified Forest: Fortunatly we only had to take our kids and not a bus load of others carrying their "brown bags"
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luckily we didn't need to "brown bag" it either and all of our food was stowed in our TC
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Our campsite for the night [emoticon]
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Heading out we felt like we were in a time machine going back to a planet a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
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there were gnarly looking creatures
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and creatures of magic
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they could turn wood to stone
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they appeared nice and friendly
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so I took some of their pictures
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but they somehow also got a picture of me :0
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even the clay was turned to stone
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close up of some petrified wood
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when we stopped at the visitor center in Escalante the ranger said the wolverine canyon road was just an okay drive, nothing spectatular. I beg to differ. This area is one of the most special places I have ever been.

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kids starting to take over and give me a little rest from driving
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We looped back around to re-connect with the Burr Trail
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Looking down the switch backs
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heading down the switch backs my daughter had her head out the window snapping pictues and My DW was so nervous she started to suck her thumb [emoticon]
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we headed out south toward Lake Powell, and ended up at Stanton Creek Primitive Camp near bullfrog marina. Will get part II started later. Hope you enjoyed the trip, this area is absolutley spectacular!! and thanks to all those who have forged on before and shared their experiences.
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Part II Clicky

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Posted: 11/30/14 03:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nicely done. Great photos!


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Posted: 11/30/14 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stunning! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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Posted: 11/30/14 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great shots.





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Awesome! We are going there in April.


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Excellente in the Escalante


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Lucky kids! Great video, too -- amazingly steady camera-work as you walked down the slot canyon.


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Great report and photos. I'll be there this spring after a couple years' absence. Epic geology around there with lots of great vistas and hardly any tourists. Now I've got the travel bug!!!


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Posted: 11/30/14 06:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow that's amazing, thanks for sharing. Looks like a great road in a beautiful park. Why are you the only one there?

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What a great way to homeschool! Excellent pics!


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