Meat Week Part I: Stoking the Fire
We were psyched that we found such a fun hike. Our bodies felt worked but not worn out, so we took our sweaty and red dust covered selves over to Hole-in-the-Rock. It was a 30 mile drive in the middle of the desert on a rocky and bumpy road so naturally Porter drove fast to kick up as big of a dust cloud as possible while rocking out to John Mellencamp’s R.O.C.K in the U.S.A.
Hole-in-the-Rock is an opening in a rock face that leads down to Lake Powell. Mormon settlers blasted through the rock to create access to the Colorado River (which is now Lake Powell in this area – the lake is actually a reservoir that was created in the 1950’s). It was a steep , ¾ of a mile hike down to the lake similar to the Trap Dike in the Adirondacks (also check out here for a summer hiking TR). Since it was a steep, rocky and dusty hike we figured that sandals would be the best footwear for the job.
What we thought would take 5 minutes or so, turned into a never ending sandal slip and slide to Lake pOWell. Ow.
The water was gorgeous from afar, but when we got up close we realized it was a big tease. Although the lake itself was gorgeous, the inlet at the end of the hike was stagnant and full of logs. Rejected, we turned around and hiked back out. Sweaty and covered in red dust, we headed to our campsite.
It was a long, steep and exposed drive up the 50 Mile Bench Road to this plateau, but we all agreed it was worth it!
Apparently as the sun sets, my clothing starts to synchronize with G’s… meanwhile Porter was sneezing ;)
Cactus flowers became my new obsession.
First thing on the agenda the following day was to get ourselves into some water.
A 3 mile, mostly flat walk led us to this:
We heard a few guys who gave up on the hike after about a mile due to the heat: “who cares… after you’ve seen one waterfall you’ve seen them all.” Boy, were they wrong.
Time for a swim after getting shut down by Lake Powell!!
Check back soon here on FIS for Part Two! SCRATCH THAT!! Part Two is now ready to be consumed (just like a tasty meat). In the meantime why not peruse some old TRs? Also don’t forget to check out some of the stuff you need for summer below (especially that black Nike bikini. Be careful jumping into swimming holes wearing that one):
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