Saturday, September 14, 2002
Exploring the Grand Staircase-Escalante
Moon over Calf Creek Campground, Grand Staircase
Courtesy Lorie McGraw
While the trekkers are hiking toward Deer Creek campground, the support team has many opportunities to do some hiking and exploring of their own. Starting right from the campground a 2.75 mile-long (one way), well marked interpretive trail leads to 126-foot Lower Calf Creek Falls. Another interesting 3 mile-long (one way)hike will take them down the Escalante River and up Deer Canyon to Boyton Arch. The hike is made even more interesting by the abundant pictographs and petroglyphs along the trail, including a large panel at the mouth of Deer Canyon. Boyton Arch and nearby Phipps Wash are named after two early cattle ranchers who had a shoot-out in the 1890s over a ranching dispute near where Highway 12 crosses the Escalante River. Phipps was killed and presumably the dispute was settled.
For those less inclined to hike, there are scenic drives the likes of which are not found anywhere else. Hell's Backbone Road follows and old mule trail across a narrow ridge of solid rock that separates two canyons then passes through stands of pine and aspen, with fantastic views along the way. Highway 12 as it passes over the east side of Boulder Mountain is another gorgeous drive with panoramic views of the Circle Cliffs, Henry Mountains, Navajo Mountain, La Sal Mountains, and the Bullfrog Basin area. One could spend days just sitting a place like Lookout Point, drinking in the view and Team South would need months to explore all the scenic drives.
Saturday, September 14, 2002
Adopt a Wild Horse or a Wild Burro Today!
Executive producer Ken Chapman watches a horse trainer.
Courtesy Kimberly Green
Team North better have been saving their pennies, because today is their chance to bid on wild horses gathered from public lands in Wyoming. Since the trekkers have had so much experience packing through the wilderness, they will surely want to take home a horse of their own, although how they will fit them on the airplane home is a whole other story.
American Frontiers exhibit on Wild Horses & Burros
Wild horses and burros run free on BLM-managed lands throughout the western states. To protect herd health and maintain healthy rangeland conditions, the BLM periodically gathers a number of horses, innoculates them, and auctions them off to the public, with bids starting at $100. Burros are an even better deal, starting at $25. The BLM additionally provides resources for adopters, such as lists of horse trainers and other experts on caring for wild horses. These horses make excellent pets, work horses, and show horses, and the funds support the Wild Horse & Burro program. The auction will be a lot of fun, and hopefully all the horses will find good homes today, even if they don't get to move to New York City with Michelle Williams.