Morning Glory Arch — March 2014

In March, instead of our regular spring Escalante  trip, we headed down to Needles during spring break and hiked Elephant Hill and Big Spring Canyon to Lost Canyon.  It was windy on the trail, and we were about blown away as we came to the tops of the cliffs and down over the bluffs.

On Sunday, we stopped at the Morning Glory Arch trail and hiked it for a quick trip on our way home.  It’s really funny to think we tried to hike this about 6 years ago and turned around before we got to the arch because we were so tired out.  Now it’s just a quick morning jaunt to get us going for the day — took about 2 hours including ample picture time.

lucy and eden march  2014 morning glory arch better waiting for the ladder at elephant canyon

Brett’s New Favorite Class: Man Choir at UVU

man choir

Brett’s discovered he loves to sing in a group.  As part of his music major, he is required to be part of a large ensemble, and this semester he auditioned for the man choir.  We were privileged to see their end of semester concert last night.  It was wonderful — and fun.

Coyote Gulch April 2014

We did our second trip to Coyote Gulch this spring.  We had planned two different trips last year, one in the spring, one in the fall.  The first trip was canceled because Brett was overwhelmed with the work to finish and graduate high school, so we shortened our trip and went camping close to home instead.  In the fall, the weekend we had chosen was totally rained out (as was much of the fall) and Hole in the Rock road was closed due to a wash out.  We figured even if we were able to get in, we wouldn’t be able to get out again.  So, the first time the weather got warm enough this spring, we hurried down as soon as we could.

It was as beautiful as ever.

lucy fixing shoes

 

Since Dad wasn’t with us, Lucy had to take his place fixing her shoes (we always have a picture with my Dad arranging his socks or clipping toenails while we’re hiking.)  The hike in from the Hurricane Wash trailhead is very sandy but not as hot as last time — we were earlier in the year, and earlier in the day.

max's new backpack

 

Max got a new backpack and was able to carry some of his own gear — good for us since Brett was unable to go with us this trip.  He’s usually our packhorse.

max and desert toad

 

We found a little desert toad just as Hurricane Wash met Coyote Gulch.  This was a good trip for seeing wildlife:  elk, deer, antelope, and a juvenile bald eagle on the way down, deer, big lizards and this toad in the canyon.

lulu in coyote gulch max climbing at jacob hamblin

 

After a pause for climbing at Jacob Hamblin arch and refilling our water bottles at the spring around the corner, we hiked nearly to the natural bridge, to the best campsite ever.  On a high bench inside a huge alcove, it was just above a beautiful little waterfall.  Huge rocks blocked our campsite from view of other hikers in the river.  It was fabulous.

eden in coyote gulch max at waterfall by camp max and lucy on rocks at camp campsite coyote gulch

 

On Saturday, we hiked down to where Coyote Gulch meets the Escalante river, and then back to rest at our beautiful campsite before packing up and heading back out.

pretty water coyote gulch coyote natural bridge coyote gulch meets escalante

 

The water from Coyote Gulch meets the Escalante — Escalante is green and deep.

It was a great trip and felt good to be out on the desert again.