This morning got off to a great start, as it was the first time ever that we left camp before our planned departure time. This was quite a feat for eleven teenagers who's idea of getting up early means 8:30 or so.
We then proceeded to cycle down out of Bryce Canyon, covering the first 20 or so miles in just an hour. That wasn't the case however going up the other side, where we encountered 12% grades. I even beat my all time low speed record, climbing at an astonishing speed of 2.9 miles per hour.
It was only a 40 mile day today, so we arrived at our camp for the night in the town of Escalante around noon. After lunch, we decided to go on for a hike in the Grand Staircase National Monument. After a 14 mile drive, we hiked 3 miles through a canyon to Calf Creek Falls, a 140 ft waterfall. It was scorching hot outside, but the pool around the beautiful fall was about 50 degrees and very refreshing.