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Hiked down Lick Wash, in Grand Staircase National Monument.  It’s a remote area, only accessible via a 60-mile dirt road that crosses the Monument from Hwy 12 to Hwy 89.  Due to snow melt off of the highlands (Bryce Canyon), the normally dry narrow canyon was flowing healthily.  It was fine getting my feet wet.  I’m used to soggy sneakers by now.  About 4 miles down the canyon, it opens up into an area where a large wash comes in from the left.  Called Park Wash, the area is very beautiful, and is dominated by the huge No Man’s Mesa.  This mesa, surrounded by sheer cliffs and only climbable in one spot where a goat path ascends it, was grazed for 6 months in the 1920s, but not at all since then.  It’s a haven for native grasses and wildlife now.  There is an old shepherd’s cabin tucked in a sheltering sandstone alcove & graced by pines.  It faces southeast to get maximum morning and early afternoon sun, but shaded in the later (hotter) afternoon.  In short, it’s perfect.  Nobody around, only the wind in the pines.  Peaceful.

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Posted April 2, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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