A 1.5 hour journey to Tent Rocks National Monument turned into an all day expedition when google took us onto some back roads. About 10 miles in, it was too much for Chris' minivan "Bon Mi," and we had to double back and take an alternate route.
We made it to tent rocks with only an hour until they closed the trails. Hiking through the slot canyon and towering geologic features at a pretty fast clip, we tried to make it to the top before the rangers started to usher people back down the trail. We made it to the end of the short 1.6 mile trail with not even a minute to spare, and walked back to the parking lot with the rangers close behind.
Near the bottom of the canyon we found this tree with a beautiful, massive root system, it seemed to be standing guard at the mouth of the canyon.