Tuesday, we woke up and headed to our next destination: an unmarked trailhead on an unmarked dirt road. It was the Mule Canyon trail in SW Utah. I like to peruse photos on Panoramio to find interesting places to visit, and these ruins were high on my list. After some searching, I was able to find the directions to this relatively unknown trail.
Starting on the trail we passed some “intense” hikers and we got some funny looks because I had a baby on my shoulders. The hike was pretty easy, and only about 1 1/2 miles to the ruins.
This is House on Fire Ruins. Because of the type of rock, the combination of the color and erosion pattern makes it look like the ruins are on fire. But to get the best light illusion you have to be there at about 11 am to 12:30 pm, otherwise the light is to bright or dark. So we planned accordingly. And it worked out great.
Here we all are (no Magnuses were harmed by fire in the taking of these photos):
Next we visited Natural Bridges NM. I thought it was pretty cool.
The size of them was amazing. If you look under Kachina there are some people barely visible.
Heading north we crossed the Colorado and the beginning of Lake Powell.
Then we reached the home of the Goblins in Goblin Valley SP. Magnus liked this place, though he mostly played in the sand.
Here he is playing among the Goblins.
That was the end of our exploring in the desert. That night we stayed at our Uncle Sherman’s house in Riverton, and then all the way back to Vancouver on Wednesday. It was a great trip and my crazy idea of bringing Magnus with me turned out to be a lot of fun…
…even Magnus thought so!