As we finally pushed off from Park City on that Monday, May 11th it all felt surreal but our excitement grew as we headed south and finally parked the van well into the night in Capitol Reef National Park. The next 10 days were going to be a real test to the van's capabilities and a little payback for all of our hardwork. After a night's rest we woke up to the unseen beauty of Capitol Reef with Escalante National Monument in the close distance. Today, May 12th, we would explore the washboard roads of Escalante, in particular, Burr Trail Rd, and try to locate the lower slot canyon portion of Little Death Hollow. This referral from our friend Will Locklair, seemed an exciting first endeavor, however, after questioning his directions of taking the second left turn opposed to the first left turn we found ourselves completing a 20+ mile off-road loop in the middle of nowhere with no spare tire just for fun. At the end of the bumpy loop road we finally reached the appropriate turn off to quickly realize that our sprinter van was not capable of this particular off-road endeavor. Disappointed with our poor judgement, we decided on a late afternoon scramble up The Gulch for a mountain sunset and in the interim settled on an early morning 6 mile hike to the popular but beautiful 160 foot nearby waterfall, known as Lower Calf Creek Falls. The following days hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls was of no disappointment and we even found the trailhead on the first try. It actually would be truly questionable if we were not able to find this trailhead considering its off of a main road and well-signed. However, with feelings of failure on properly exploring Escalante and knowing that we must return soon to do so, we started our drive northeast towards Fruita, CO to embark on a four day overnight river trip.