Expansive Lake Powell to Tiny Peek-a-Boo

After our adventure on the rim of the Grand Canyon (which you can read about here), we took off in the early morning and overflew Lake Powell on our way to one of my favorite places – Escalante.

We borrowed a truck from a friend and headed out the adventure-packed Hole-in-the-Rock road. Lynn and Graeme had not done Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons so we headed there first. We up Peek-a-boo then followed the well-worn trail across the desert and then down Spooky.

Spooky has a crux section with massive chockstones that clog up the canyon. It appears you have to climb over these, so I scrambled down using a chimney technique but it seemed a little awkward. A fellow hiker we had met along the way wanted assistance so we helped her down. Then another couple happened along, and we helped them. Finally a rather large woman wanted assistance and down she came but she didn’t really slow down or exhibit much caution. I basically just tried to slow her controlled fall and she ended up sitting on my head. I mumbled something about excusing the me-too moment and luckily she laughed.

After everyone was down we explored a little and found out you can “tunnel” under the blocks (if you are thin enough) and you don’t have to do the exposed down-climb at all. So remember this if you happen to do Spooky canyon – if it seems too hard there may be an easier way, depending on how much ice cream you ate the night before.

After the slot canyons? Calf Creek Falls near Boulder Utah.

6 thoughts on “Expansive Lake Powell to Tiny Peek-a-Boo

  1. mark fields May, 2020 — 4:43 pm

    Ney Grant, When do you estimate your ‘family adventures’ book will be ready (yeah, yeah it’s hard to be firm about dates due to the vagaries of the publishing world)? Mark FieldsN2146A

    1. It is a ways off. This time with a more mainstream book (as opposed to my aviation book) I want a real publisher. I’ve submitted proposals and am waiting. I have some interest but with changes I don’t to make… I think its a long road. But hopefully in a year or so.

  2. How are you? I used to have 40 years ago a red three-ring binder notebook that was full of pages that you could update on places to fly out west. We were headed from Vancouver back to Florida and somewhere on a vast desert like plane there was a crack in the Earth with an airport up on the flat part. You have to fly low over the canyon so they know you’re going to land at the airport and will pick you up. In the canyon where a few people living in their own homes and a bunch of cabins that could be rented we spent the night there. It was nothing fancy. I cannot find this place again nor can I find the three-ring notebook binder that I used to have and it doesn’t appear to be sold online. I’m wondering if you had any ideas of where we were. The walls were very steep and the sun was only shining on the bottom of the canyon midday.

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    1. So you landed next to a canyon, and stayed in the canyon? And they picked you up at the airport after you did a fly-by? I’m trying to think of one. That book – was it this one: https://flyingadventures.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/img_4275-e1590772191219.jpg?resize=438%2C438

  3. Mark Fields, N2146A June, 2020 — 2:00 pm

    Mark Fields (again!), offering to help with proofing or whatever on your new book. I do have a slightly less impressive outdoor resume than you, but if ye need another set of eyes, I just retired from a 34 year career as an acupuncturist down the road in Sacramento. Pilot’s license since 1983, currently have a c-182T and too much free time on my hands…

    1. Thank you Mark. When I get to that spot in process I’ll take you up on that offer! – Ney

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