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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 19, 2015
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 21st, 2015
Start: Harris Wash
End: Harris Wash Trailhead
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 301.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 408
Journal Visits: 13,522
Guestbook Views: 319
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Harris Wash

Out to Escalante in the flash of an eye

It took about 5 1/2 hours to hike the 8 miles today. Very slow going through the creek and cutting off oxbows on disappearing cow paths. But I really enjoy being in the desert with water. I saw a fox with a dark grey tail and black tip. There were many turkey tracks. It was sad to see the flowing water dry up as we got nearer the trailhead. Bad weather threatened again--cirrus clouds, then more puffy ones. The storm tracks seemed to be farther north than the weather report from the NOAA radio. The Harris Wash Trailhead is at a different location than on Li's maps. Waypoint N 37 deg 38.039 W 111 deg 20.473. We saw 6 cars at the trailhead and I checked the trailhead register and saw that two were dayhikers today--so the chance of a ride to Escalante greatly improved. About 2 miles from the trailhead, I found a huge thick black rubber inflatable bladder that could have been used as a sleeping pad, but no backpacker in their right mind would carry such a thing. I packed it into the trailhead and left it on the trailhead sign. We passed some people setting up camp along the Harris Wash Road. Trekker Bob went over and talked to them. It was a dad and his son and daughter. He volunteered to give us a ride to Hole in the Rock Road! Other rides followed almost immediately from the first one or two vehicles that passed us and we were back in Escalante at Trekker Bob's truck within a couple hours. We even got a room at the Prospector Inn even though it was Memorial Day Weekend because the threat of storms caused cancellations. I saw a wild turkey on the ride to Hole in the Rock Road. I was sad leaving Harris Wash--a beautiful canyon with water and birds, lush like a jungle. Smelling sweet from blooming willow. The last campsite was incredible--overhanging wall with swallows. Harris Wash--going from lush, bird filled with water to dry , dusty, open wash. It all went so fast, like the Hayduke Trail. We celebrated our return to civilization with brisket and trout at Cowboy Blues restaurant in Escalante. I had a hefeweizen with a traditional slice of orange.

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