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Sweepandoutoforder - Other Trail Journal - 2011

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SweepandOutofOrder
Begins: Apr 7, 2011
Direction: Westbound

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Date: Tue, May 10th, 2011

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Well, here we are, laying around in our hotel room for night 3, gettin a little chubby on too much town food! We had planned on taking one day off, but decided on two because of the rain moving through the area and the fact that slot canyons are up ahead. Slot canyons are an incredible sight and not to be missed, but they are no place to be with rain in the forecast! So here I am debating just when I'm going to dig back into my bag of chips and queso dip :) How fast can I type?

A little ways back we walked through our first set of slot canyons... I had never seen anything like it. They literally took my breath away. At first because we had to squeeze our bodies into them and I felt a bit claustrophobic, and then because I was in awe. We were just walking along in a fairly open wash and knew slot canyons were ahead, but I just wasn't expecting them to show up in the way they did. It really was just a crack in the ground. I saw the crack... It looked like if you made two fists with your hands and then put your knuckles together... narrow, bumpy, wavy. I started looking for a way around, not even thinking that this was the way, but OOO was like, "sorry Sweep, we've gotta drop IN to them.". Ahh yes, how not natural. So we wedged and braced and scooted our way to the bottom. I wish I could tell you I was graceful in doing so, but OOO has a video camera that he's fond of using at my weakest moments!

What a gorgeous world is found down there. The whole section was probably nothing more than 1.5 miles. And the narrowest part even less than that, but what a feeling to be walking in a canyon so narrow with walls so tall. The air was cool and the sun was kept out. In some spots you could touch both walls at the same time... Just running your hands along the wavy, cool walls, feeling the different textures. We moved so slowly and just took it all in. In some places we had to scramble over and under boulders, the canyon would twist and turn, go wide for a bit, then back to narrow, straight walls, curvy walls, all until it opened up for good. Very, very cool. And exactly what we needed after having a couple of not so pretty days...

Also walked through Bryce National Park. I tell you, these rock formations are unbelievable. Colorful hoodoos galour!

300 miles left, the home stretch... Next up, the Grand Canyon! And then off to the finish in Zion!

Alright, 12 more hours of being a bum left... Time to get back to it!

Sweep!

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