Wednesday, June 15, 2011
To Hell and Back
I have been to Hell and back and it was one terrifying ride. I have looked down into the jaws of death, was given access to hidden canyons and upper forests, and I made it home in one piece.
Ok, I just went to southeastern Utah which is a magical land of slot canyons, mysterious hoodoos, and paved roads with names like the Hog's Back.
Bryce Canyon is a tame place full of bright colors and interesting rock formations. It was a great way to warm up for what was ahead.
We headed on up Highway 12, and stopped at a slot canyon with a small stream flowing through it
After that we drove over a road called The Hog’s Back which has deep drop-offs on both sides in one place and no railings.
That wasn’t enough excitement for one day, so we took a dirt road into a forest with the name of Box-Death Hollow.
Once we came to Hell’s Backbone and drove over the one-lane bridge that connects the deep gulf between two mountains, I saw this sign.
We didn’t go that way, of course, and cheated death that day.
Oh, and one more thing. In the midst of all this is a Five-Star Restaurant, called (of course) The Hell’s Backbone Grill.