Hmmmmm, let me see.
Yes, Steve, I CAN see you! It was Steve and MonaLiza calling us from the top of the mesa pictured above. I zoomed my camera as far out as it would go and this is what I saw!
|Steve and MonaLiza turn their backs on us to continue their hike|
After another relaxed morning and lunch we decided we'd better stop lazing around and get going or our time here would be up! Against our normal habit of laying low on the weekends, we headed out for a ride on Sand Flats Road.
We usually enjoy exploring during the week when most other people are unavailable but it was a beautiful day so we went against tradition. As a result, we did see quite a few people camping and riding their ATVs, UTV's, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, etc. In addition we had picked one of the most popular areas to explore so couldn't complain. Sand Flats Recreation Area is a high plain landscape of slick rock domes, bowls and fins, a nationally recognized mountain bike and jeep playground.
|out the rear window|
The further along the road we went, the fewer people we encountered and by the time we exited the Sand Flats Recreation Area and entered the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 feet peaks of the Manti-LaSal National Forest we were virtually alone.
|see the tree in the "pot" above?|
|distance pictures never look as good as they do in person|
|now that's a house with a view!|
At one point we came upon a neat little arch....well, actually three arches of different sizes in the same rock.
|Yep, he's looking at an airplane while I'm trying to take his picture!|