The drive was far more scenic that either of us expected. It is a 'National Scenic Byway' and also described as the 'Trail of the Ancients'. Along the way there were many awesome views and more amazing was that with each passing hour the landscape changed dramatically.
Have a look. First off we drove past the Mexican Hat at Monument Valley, which at a certain angle does look like a mexican in a hat.
Then we drove through the flat pancake desert, called the Valley of the Gods.
As we neared the top we realised why it got its name. We got out and saw this AMAZING landscape below, you could just envision ancient pueblo peoples building homes in the cliff face and ancient animals drinking at long dried up watering holes. I wanted to share this moment with you.
Through the valley where the first Mormons wandered and began farming. The valley is gorgeous.
Then up into Escalante where suddenly green springs up and there are trees!
Each pit dwelling and hogan has a hole in the centre and a ladder going up. Originally historians thought it was to let the smoke out, but the Navajo who have similar beliefs, helped enlighten by explaining that this is a origin myth. Man was born in a black cave/womb and climbed out. Therefore the act of getting up and leaving the home each day was also reenactment of their origins.
The creek walk was sweltering. It was self guided (I love these! You can learn and walk!), and took you right into the floor of the canyon. All sorts of wildlife come down to the creek (see our squirrel video!), and years ago when it was much larger the Anasazi tribes lived here. Along the walk you could see evidence of their habitation from centuries ago - still present.
It's so hot out there, come and take a dip with me!