Have I told you that I love hiking? With new route you not only cover miles and work on your endurance, you open whole new world you never knew exists.
Toadstool route, Grand Staircase-Escalante park, Utah is an easy and short hike, but the most extraordinary route I've ever hiked.
To reach the Toadstool we had to walk 1.1 miles along the dead creek.
You are advised to follow the path because of "bumps" or biological soil crusts in the sand that are a living web of organisms, a medley of lichen, fungi, and mosses. They benefit plants by absorbing water, adding nutrients, and stabilizing the soil.
On the way to the Toadstool I saw life.
A Toadstool is a spire-like feature with a boulder perched atop a pedestal rock, like a mushroom, or "toadstool". It forms when softer rock erodes away, leaving a column sheltered from wind and water.
I climbed on the top of the hill and a new valley was opened in front of me.
I wish one day I will be back to finish discovering Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah...
to be continued...