Day 629: Hike to Zebra and Tunnel Canyons

This morning we went back into town for more groceries.  On the way, we stopped at the Escalante Heritage Center, which has a replica of one of the wagons that plunged through Hole in the Rock:

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Portraits of the Hole in the Rock traversal:

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In the temporary visitor center, we watched a short film about the San Juan Expedition.  The center also had a few items on display, including the original switchboard from the town of Escalante:

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We perused the farming implements out back:

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Driving south on Hole in the Rock Trail, we arrived at the unmarked trailhead for Zebra and Tunnel Canyons:

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Off we go:

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This puddle in the creek bed sported a few hundred tadpoles.  Hopefully they will become frogs before it dries up:

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Along the way we found this dry waterfall structure:

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Looking into the bowl:

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This plant has its roots behind the rock face, where they pop out below:

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The kids imitated the sound made by the ants in Them! as taught to them by Bubbe and Zayde:

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The “shell” and interior of Moki Marbles, Iron Oxide concretions that fall out of the canyon walls when the softer surrounding Navajo Sandstone weathers away:

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After almost three miles of hiking, we reached the mouth of Zebra Canyon:

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Moki Marbles still in the wall (right), and weathered out of the wall (left):

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The canyon became a slot canyon:

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At the end of this serpentine-floored “hallway”, we had to go up:

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After getting up, we reached a water filled pothole that we couldn’t get around:

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Down we go:

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M is quite the canyoneer:

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Heading out of Zebra Canyon:

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We hiked towards Tunnel Canyon:

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Tunnel Canyon is sealed at the top, creating a tunnel:

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More Moki Marbles:

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On the other side, we found a bit of water and a huge bee colony coming out of a crack in the rock:

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Heading back in:

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Shadows lengthened as we made our way back to the truck:

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We hiked a little over 7.5 miles.  We were pretty tired by the time we returned home:

Day 628: Escalante Slot Canyons and Mormons in Wagons
Day 630: Riding the Escalante Plateau

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