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29 January 2012 @ 03:03 pm
Saturday Afternoon Travels  
ninjababe and I actually left the house yesterday, and headed over to the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. It's only a few minutes from the house, and I was told about it by a coworker last summer. It's a very popular local swimming hole in the summer. You can jump from the rocks into the pools below as well. Considering how hot our summers are, you can see why it would be popular! It was in the high 40s yesterday, but the canyon felt warmer as it's protected from the wind. After walking a while, I took off my sweatshirt, and was just wearing my shirt.

This is the view from the top, up by the Anasazi ruins. It's a half mile from the campground, most of it up hill.

After our hike, we decided to go look for the swimming hole, and started to walk into the canyon. Not a place you want to be during summer monsoon rains!

At this point, it was past 4:30pm, so we didn't have a lot of daylight left, so we decided to go as far as we could, leaving enough time for daylight on the walk back. I love the reflection of the cliffs in Quail Creek here.

We turned a corner, and found a waterfall.

We kept on, and came up against a rock pile that required a little rock climbing, which Nin wasn't feeling up to attempting, so I went on by myself for a bit. This is where I stopped. There were stepping stones to cross, but it was late, and Nin was by herself, so I turned back. There had been a group of about 15 teenagers ahead of us, and they'd disappeared across the creek at this point.I think that's where the tiered swimming holes are. Though I doubt they were swimming yesterday!

On the walk back, from above, I could see there was an alternate way up, that didn't include rock climbing, so Nin can go the whole way, and we can cross the stream to see what's on the other side. Glad I turned back when I did, because it was starting to get pretty chilly.

Definitely going to visit in the summer, so water shoes are now on my list of things to get.

Steph, I think you and the girls would love it! Maybe when everyone is healthy again - there's even dinosaur tracks!
pat: as&j kid and hayes 2pat_t on January 30th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I love the waterfall picture. Utah seems like a really neat state.
Ith: My Photos - Zion Poolithildyn on January 30th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
We seem to have the market cornered on the great outdoors :) Maybe you can add a few days when you come to Vegas to visit your son? We can give you the small grand tour :)
anya2112anya2112 on January 30th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
That is amazing!
I would totally love to go strolling about the rocks!
AD absolutelyadabsolutely on January 30th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing them.
juniperphoenix on January 30th, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
Looks like a really neat place!
lillie: waterfalllilliew on January 30th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Has to be cool to have such lovely and fun places nearby. I'd be hiking there all the time.
Laurie of the Isles1_mad_squirrel on January 30th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
I love the picture with the waterfall. The swirling erosion of the rock reminds me a bit of Antelope Canyon in AZ.
Lara I.lara_everlong on January 31st, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
those are such beautiful pictures!
conjured_1: rainconjured_1 on February 2nd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
YES! YES! YES! HELL YES! As soon as my toe heals, let's hike!!! And Meggie is doing awesome. To be young and have that kind of healing ability.