Road trips from Southern California: Utah
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( Aramark / Lake Powell Resorts )
Utah and Arizona
Distance: 721 miles one-way
Cost for roundtrip gas: $210.97
I went on to Lake Powell's confluence with the Escalante. Along the way, we passed Hole-in-the-Rock Arch, where Mormon pioneers cut a treacherously steep wagon trail from the plateau above to the river in 1880.
We went astray a few times, but finally found the Escalante and turned into it. Between periods of drizzle, the sun came out, revealing bright blue skies and scudding clouds. But the river's meeting at Davis Gulch was an ugly scene, choked with flood-strangled cottonwood trees.
Then I saw what I assume to be a hallucination: a man in a blue shirt, picking his way across the quicksand.
-- Susan Spano
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