Driving along Sand Flats Road, it was very difficult not to keep stopping and go hiking over the slickrock and sandstone. I tell you, it is absolutely gorgeous out there and each turn brings you scenery that is just as awesome as what you just passed by. I kept seeing so many areas I wanted to climb up and around in.
Traveling through a narrow section of the road, the walls climbing up high around you and suddenly you'll see a formation to your left. It simply looks like a jagged piece of rock sticking out and you may just bypass it if you don't look for it; this is Diving Board Rock. Actually we did miss it the first time we went through; Roy was driving, so couldn't be looking around for interesting sites, being on the passenger side, I didn't see it till we came back through and it was now on my right side.
|Diving Board Rock
So now is the time for the funny part of this story; Sand Flats Road doesn't stop at the Porcupine Rim parking lot, it continues on as a shelf (this is where the rough part of the road begins too). As I stood there taking photos, I noticed a SUV and a Jeep continue on through, so knew we could keep on going. What do I find as I turn around though? Roy had pulled the SUV onto the road and was pointing back in the direction we had come. He said that he'd only had the SUV for a month now and wasn't sure about its handling on such a road going around the hill, or what was beyond. Now I don't know if this was spite about Lion's Back, or what, but.... Anyway, I just gave him details about how the road does even out again, how it comes out onto La Sal Loop Road and then you're choice is to either go to Castle Valley or Spanish Valley. His reaction was "Great! We need to go back and do the whole road this time".
Oh, the funny part, I wouldn't go four wheeling up the Lion's Back, but yet didn't think twice about going on a cliff shelf around a hill. Yeah, I'm funny like that.
All in all, this was a great day; great food, great ride and we're both looking forward to going back and doing it all again....this time to the very end of Sand Flats Road. Oh, will Roy get me up on Lion's Back....hell no!