4th Ward Trekkers
Steve and I were a part of the Blanding West Youth Hole in the Rock Trek June 2-4. We drove to Escalante the first day. The group stayed at Jerry Roundy's camp ground, which was shady and he was so accommodating, and so interested in the Hole-in-the-Rock Pioneers. We stayed in a motel, for which we were mighty glad. About 120 of us went.
R. Vaughan Johnson from the Ensign accompanied our group on the trek; He actually hiked clear to the bottom. Then he went to Bluff and met up with the Blanding Stake, and the following week went with the Kanab Stake. Later he met with youth from our group to get followup quotes and ideas for his story. It will come out July 2011.
I got sick by the 3rd day, and didn't have any Vit. C. for fighting off a cold. We stopped at the Anasazi Museum in Boulder and had hoped to talk to Mike Nelson but he was gone, so just left a note. He is Pres. McKay's grandson and worked at the edge of the Cedar's Museum..
The kids had lots of fun exploring these sandstone formations, climbing, and hiding. We had our first meal here. It was about 16 miles off the mail highway close to Escalante.
Dance Hall Rock and the dance social that wasn't--but the fiddling was good.
This is the kind of hiking you can expect at Hole in the Rock. Steep, rocky and challenging.