Friday, September 13, 2002
Hiking the Canyons of the Escalante
Having survived the ride up Hole-in-the-Rock Road, part of Team South begins a three-day, cross country hike from Calf Creek campground to Deer Creek campground. The hike is required in order to go around private lands surrounding the town of Boulder. The support team remains at Calf Creek
The town of Boulder lies in a bowl-like depression, surrounded by naked, pale-yellow sandstone. Looking down from Highway 12 and seeing the sharp green of fields and orchards, one gets the impression of looking down on an enormous salad bowl. Mormon pioneers settled the town in the 1870s to farm and run cattle on the land. The town lay in relative obscurity until the 1950s when uranium prospectors swarmed all over the country looking for yellowcake. When the boom was over, Boulder resumed its peaceful existence. Today, the once sleepy town is wide awake, thanks to the tourists who come to visit the Canyons of the Escalante. There is a bed and breakfast, a gourmet restaurant; espresso replaced cowboy coffee, and there is even talk of improving the Hole-in-the-Rock road.