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Staircase to the Past: Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments and Picturesque Antelope Canyon

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Shelly Rosen Aug 10, 2014 at 08:14 PM

Took the trip , end of May. Only used my Privo by Clark sandals, very similar to Keen Sandals, in fact several of the people in my group wore Keen sandals. No one wore hiking boots. I brought my walking stick and almost never used it. Not necessary unless you have a balance problem. Our group leader had several walking sticks that he put in the bus, he hand made them out of the Yucca Plant, they were beautiful&useful for those who wanted a walking stick.



HIKING POLES: Unless you use them or it for every day walking, or are unsteady on your feet, don't bother. You can also ask tour guide if she has one tucked away ~ a good possibility!



Athletic shoes are good, unless your hiking boots are light .... I used runners and my orthotics and was perfectly fine. Have fun, be present in the moment, look all around 360-degrees ... This trip, for me, was spectacular and ever-changing. P.s. Sometimes put the camera/electronic gadget away .... Just LOOK. :-))))))))


Ann Gussett Aug 10, 2014 at 04:12 PM

Thank you both, your comments were a big help. Ann
Athena Robbins Aug 10, 2014 at 04:39 PM

On the other hand, boots can get tiresome. It's not all rugged outdoors. Ample time is spent in museums and gift shops. It depends what you want to get out of the trip, I guess. Have fun on the trip!


Ann Gussett Aug 10, 2014 at 01:31 PM

Are there any more opions about hiking boot vs. atlectic shoes? And what about hiking poles? Ann
Athena Robbins Aug 10, 2014 at 01:57 PM

I went on the trip this past spring. Utah is the land of rocks. There are times when nothing beats a good pair of hiking boots with adjustable laces. You'll be walking over rocky uneven terrain in some cases and hiking boots absorb that kind of pounding better than sneakers do. I would wore slip-on sandals at dinner and around the hotel but otherwise lived in my hiking boots. If need one hiking stick or two poles for mobility, by all means bring them. You will not be pushed beyond your capabilities, there are options for how far and how difficult a walk to do.
Ellie Knesper Aug 10, 2014 at 03:30 PM

I agree with the above comment. Even if the hikes aren't particularly long, hiking boots are still best for the Utah rocks! If you are buying new boots, be sure to explain to the store what kind of hiking/walking you will be doing. You don't need the high and very stiff boots that are designed for carrying heavy packs for long distances. So lightweight boots with some Smartwool socks would be good. I am a fan of hiking poles and even use them in our local parks, but that is really a personal choice. I haven't done this particular trip, but it looks fantastic. You will seeing so many amazingly beautiful places! Have a great trip.


Ann Gussett Jul 30, 2014 at 04:59 PM

I will also be going on the trip Oct. 9. Some friends of mine went last year and loved it. Ann
Sharon Naglic Jul 30, 2014 at 06:52 PM

Hi Ann, good to hear that. Look forward to meeting. Sharon


Sharon Naglic Jun 02, 2014 at 04:07 PM

Going on Staircase to the past on Oct. 9th. Our first trip. Any advice or comments
Judy Giorgi -Thompson Jun 02, 2014 at 05:22 PM

Dress for all kinds of weather. We experienced snow at Bryce on the May 5th/15th trip. This was an absolute wonderful trip....you will love it. Great trip to introduce you to a Road Scholar program.

Yup, layer-layer-layer! May 5-15 had 32F to 82F weather, from snow to warm sun!

Take gloves ... And scarf!


Rena Vanicek May 28, 2014 at 07:29 PM

Anyone going going on the October 6th trip
Susan Jacobson Sep 26, 2014 at 07:41 PM

I'm going on the Oct. 6 trip. Great to meet you, Rena.
Mary Sue Brown Oct 02, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I'm going on the October 6th trip; my first with Road Scholar. Hello Rena and Susan; good to meet you. see you soon.


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