On the 27th and 28th of April 2012, James came into town and we headed down to the
southern Utah. We got lucky, and it was fairly cool, so we had great weather. After picking
James up in Price, we stopped for dinner at Ray's in Green River, then drove to Hanksville for
This hike above the Dirty Devil is beautiful. I picked this canyon because it only had one short
rappel that requires backtracking back up the rappel to return to the car. However, the hike is
pretty long, and once we arrived at the rappel we ended up deciding that we didn't have the
time to complete the entire hike. The rappel didn't look bad, but I was also a little concerned
about my ascending skills, so we had lunch overlooking the Dirty Devil and then headed back.
We stopped along the way and practiced some rappelling. James had never been rappelling,
and he has a slight fear of heights, so I was proud of how well he did on the rappelling.
After getting back to the car, we checked out the top of Monoxide Canyon, and then headed
back out to the highway. I was going to show him Leprechaun Canyon, but there were several
people at the trailhead, so we continued on to Hite. From there we drove out Highway 276
down to Lake Powell. On the way, we checked out some indian ruins, and James taught me
how to pay more attention to the details of what I was seeing at these ruins. After a short stop
at Lake Powell, we drove out towards Moqui Canyon to camp for the night. After setting up
camp on slickrock and trying to anchor everything down in the wind, we took a nice walk in the
The next day we continued around Highway 95 and hiked at Butler Wash. We found a cool
bridge at Butler Wash that I hadn't noticed before. We then walked a little around Recapture
Reservoir, and then continued on up to Moab. From Moab we drove up Long Canyon. Tracy
and I had driven this canyon once before, but there was a spot just past a fallen rock that had
a bad stretch of sand. I was honestly surprised that my truck got through the sand pit...I had
luckily put it in four wheel drive just before the sand because the road was so steep, and when
I hit the sand I just put the pedal to the floor and managed to spin my way out of the sand.
Good times. But then we made it to the highway, and headed north. We met Tracy and
Stacey on Highway 6 just out of Spanish Fork, and Stacey and James took our car and headed
back to Huntington, and Tracy and I headed back home.
This was a great trip. I want to do Happy Canyon, but it's going to require an earlier start than
what we gave it on this trip. I also need to practice my ascending skills some more before I try
it. I also have a new found appreciation of the indian ruins after watching James check them