Saturday, May 16, 2020

A bridge to far?

6:33 am - Real Saturday - May 16th - Bluff, UT - 50° F, 47% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the east by northeast........partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 86° F.  On this day in 2014 we arrived in South Lake Tahoe to work our first summer at Tahoe Valley Campground.....

Back in 2014 TLE and I visited Natural Bridges National Monument for the first time, and hiked to all three natural bridges in one day.  This is one of the few National Monuments/Parks open right now, and Glenn and Laureen had never been there so Friday was dedicated to making that happen.  We left home around 10 am to make the 63 mile drive to Natural Bridges.  We initially missed the turnoff, but finally arrived at the closed visitors center (bathrooms were open) around 11:30 am.  Within 20 minutes we were beginning our first hike of the day to Supapu Natural Bridge......this is around a 1.6 mile round trip hike with several stair cases, and ladders needed to get to the bottom......

Sipapu Bridge

 Lunch time!

 Kachina Bridge

 A little windy at the Kachina Bridge overlook

 Owachomo Natural Bridge (arch) has the longest span of the three bridges/arches

 Owachomo Bridge

......we only hiked to the first and third bridges as none of us was in good enough shape to do all three in one day, but we had a great time.  By 3:30 pm we were on our way back to Bluff, UT arriving there just after 4:30 pm.  We roll our wheels in about 90 minutes for Durango, CO where we will spend a couple of days before heading north through Silverton, Ouray, and Montrose on our way to Grand Junction, CO where we will least that is the working, Jello plan for right now.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh what great pictures. I loved my visit there a few years ago. Wish my knees were not such a problem...I would have loved to have hiked at least one of them. I thought they were so awesome. Jealous of your trip to Durango to Silverton and Ouray....I did that also a few years ago....all in 2017 when I was working at the Grand Canyon. I took a 4 day road trip in my car. I absoutely loved that trip across the Million Dollar highway and San Juan mountains. It was beautiful and breath taking. Loved Silverton and Ouray....awesome little towns. Be safe and have fun. Loving all your pictures and looking forward to more pictures and stories of you adventures.