The flight from Bryce Canyon was short and oddly turbulent, given the winds were not that strong. Later they would be ripping so I was very glad to be on the ground.
Escalante is a great little town and must be what Moab was about 30 years ago. There are more outfitters, restaurants and even an ATV/Jeep rental place since the last time I visited, but it still is not overrun with tourists (like us).
The airport is absolutely awesome – everything you need for some great adventuring. There is a lounge and shower which is great – but the best is the pilot’s shelter built by the Recreational Aviation Foundation. I was so impressed that after my last visit I signed up for recurring donations to the RAF (www.theraf.org). The shelter includes shade, a table, fridge, stove, water, etc. I shouldn’t make too big a deal out of it because it is very nice to have with no one else around.
Transportation is an issue. The last time I was here I used a bike and before that a shuttle service. This time my son and I rented a jeep. It was expensive but it allowed us to visit quite a few sites in one day and also drive with some speed out Hole-in-the-Rock road which is a true beater with bad ruts and washboarding. The slot canyons we visited this time, Spooky and Peek-a-boo, were about 25 miles out.