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McDonald Creek

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Our original plan for today was to visit my geocache on Winter Camp Ridge just outside of Arches National Park and then explore a little more of Lost Spring Canyon. We left home later in the morning and made our way into Utah to the Yellow Cat Road, however we were quickly stopped by slippery mud, quicksand and large cutbanks at a crossing of Pinto Wash from the recent heavy rain. Without a good place to winch from in the area, we decided it was best to turn around and come back another time after the area had more time to dry out. It was time to find something else to do.

On our way back into Colorado we took the Rabbit Valley exit so that we could hike down McDonald Creek to the Colorado River instead. Diane had never hiked this canyon before and it had been a few years since I’d been here, so it would make for a good last-minute change of plans. Unfortunately, the sky was pretty overcast during the entire hike so I didn’t end up taking too many photos this time.

The first set of pictographs we visited during our hike down the canyon.

Bird & Sun

There were a few cottonwoods in the canyon starting to change color.

Changing Colors


Small and faint red pictographs.

Faint Red Pictographs

Beautiful canyon scenery as we hiked to the river.

Sandstone Tower

McDonald Creek Trail

Large pictographs inside a big alcove overlooking the Colorado River. While we were resting in the shade of this alcove below the pictographs enjoying the scenery, I asked Diane to marry me and she said ‘yes.’

Big Alcove Pictographs

Looking up the Colorado River from the mouth of the canyon before turning around and hiking back the way we had come.

Colorado River



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  1. Zack
    Zack October 28, 2015

    Congrats Randy!!!

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat October 28, 2015

      Thanks Zack!

  2. Bob
    Bob October 28, 2015

    Congratulations Randy and Diane. I’ve followed your blog and Flickr photos for some time. Love your photos and reading about your adventures!

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat October 28, 2015

      Thanks Bob!

  3. AlanJPeterson
    AlanJPeterson October 28, 2015

    Congratulations Randy & Diane.
    Diane certainly seems to share the passion for the adventure in the great outdoors!

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat October 28, 2015

      Thanks Alan!

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