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San Juan River at Mexican Hat
I had a late lunch at the small cafe/motel on the downriver side of this bridge across the San Juan River at Mexican Hat, Utah.
The food was great and the young Navajo men who were working the cafe were friendly and helpful. I mailed some postcards here, and hung around playing pool after my meal, so that the battery of my Canon G10 could charge up, before my upcoming hikes on Comb Ridge and in Grand Gulch.
Read two books: The Incredible Mission by Lamont Crabtree. Also The Very Hard Way - Bert Loper and the Colorado River by Brad Dimock.
I didn't read books in high school and college (including my assigned textbooks, which made it tough at times to pass a course). But when I started traveling internationally on business, I couldn't stand the thought of sitting in an airplane for hours, without something good to read. So I started reading in earnest, finding out how much I had missed by skipping that exercise in my school days.
Now reading the history of a place, hopefully before I visit it, or even after a visit, brings a much better feel, understanding and appreciation for what I get to see on my travels and hikes.
The Incredible Mission tells the story of the gutsy, tough, and well organized Mormon settlers went through to travel the route that we now know as the Hole In The Rock Road in the Escalante River canyon country. They took wagons, kids, and livestock over the rim of the canyon, crossed the Colorado River, then took even tougher terrain on, to get to the present site of Bluff, Utah. Here they attempted to stay, raise crops, livestock and families.
But only one thing defeated them. This quiet innocent looking river (the San Juan), flooded them out. It has repeatedly flooded out even the best of homesteading and mining efforts along its shores. You would never know its capabilities by looking at it on a day like the one I took this photograph.
The other story is of a pioneer white water river runner...Bert Loper. He would one day learn (along with others), that the keeled boats (the Whilehalls), used by Wesley Powell, weren't the right design for white water river travel. He would also learn that running the rivers "stern first" so you could row up and across the river to slow your passage through rock strewn rapids, was the best and only way to do it. Powell and his men not only had the wrong boats (22 foot keeled Whitehall boats), but they ran the rapeds bow first, rocketing down through each one with their backs to the course they needed to negotiate.
If you visit the goosenecks of the San Juan River (as I have done several times), it will take on a new look, when you know the story of Bert Loper's attempt to live and make a living mining the river bottom, on the isthmus you see as you look across at the main "gooseneck" of the San Juan River.
I hope I have made a sale with some who might visit Southern Utah, without first learning a few of the "stories" that go with the "scenery".
May 12th through May 19th - - I traveled 9 states in 8 days, camping, driving back roads, visiting scenic and historic sites, and taking some great day hikes. These are some of the photographs from this solo "road trip".
Day One: Home in Eastern Washington; Mountain Home, Idaho; Owyhee, Nevada and a very cold night camped at Wild Horse Crossing south of Mountain City, Nevada.
Day two: NEVADA - - Mountain City; Elko; Wells; Ely (through a snow storm); Panaca. UTAH - - Enterprise, Veyo, to a warm and scenic enjoyable camp and hiking at Snow Canyon.
Day three: UTAH - - Snow Canyon; St. George; Hurricane; to Fredonia, Arizona. Forest Service Road #22 and many others to places like Monument Point and Indian Hollow. Too cold to camp (got down to 19 degrees that night), so dropped down low to BLM wilderness land off 89 A and spent the night among sagebrush and juniper with curious mule deer as "neighbors".
Day four: Opening day of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Visited the park and arriving early had many places (Cape Royal), entirely to myself. ARIZONA: Vermillion Cliffs; Page; Kaibito; and Navajo National Monument and Betatakin, where I had my nicest camp site (Canyon View at Betatakin).
Day five: Betatakin camp to Kayenta; Monument Valley to drive the 17 mile "loop road" through the monument; to Mexican Hat to recharge my camera battery (Canon G10) while eating Navajo stew and fry bread at a cafe along the San Juan River; to Comb Ridge where I took two short enjoyable "rock art and cliff dwelling" hikes (procession panel and Monarch Cave ruins; up to Blanding, Utah where I checked into a small motel for two nights.
Day six: Get up early and hike a bit over 14 miles down Kane Gulch; down Grand Gulch to Todie Canyon, with many side excursions to visit cliff dwellings, granaries, rock art sites, etc. Weather started to blow in by the time I finished my hike.
Day seven: Changed my mind
Interactive computer screen
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These photographs are from the “Edge of the Cedars” Native American museum in Blanding, Utah. The staff was friendly. The displays “first class”, and the new computer aided viewing was really educational and helpful. The fragile pottery is on display cases within a well lit glassed in room. A computer outside the room allows you to click on the piece of pottery you are interested in and instantly all the fact about that selected piece, pop on to the screen in well laid out in an easy to read format.
I have passed by this museum several times on other trips, but I’m really glad Ed and I made the stop here on this trip. Well worth a visit.
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Day Four was pretty much a “travel” day on this road trip. We left Moab Thursday morning and headed for Farmington, New Mexico. We took a short trip west into the start of the Needles district of Canyonlands NP to see Newspaper Rock. Years ago, my wife and I had traveled into the Needles district with our four wheel drive Isuzu Trooper, driven the sand wash down Salt Creek and Horse Canyon to hike to Fortress and Castle Arch.
Ed and I decided at Newspaper Rock to back track a short ways and try a paved “loop” route into Monticello. We climbed high and steadily on FR 174. The views were outstanding. At a “T” we turned right to a small frozen lake set in an aspen grove (Shay Road to Aspen Flat). Returning to Forest Road 174 we almost made it to the summit, when we ran into snow on the road too deep to tackle. A newer car had been left in the middle of the road, where they had become stuck.
We retraced our route down the side of the Abajo Mountains (Abajo translates to “under” in Spanish), then on to Blanding, Utah. Here we had one of the best meals on the trip (Homestead Steakhouse).
We visited the modern “Edge of the Cedars” Native American museum at Blanding then drove to Hovenweep National Monument. I kept shaking my head at all the changes that had taken place over the years since my wife and I made trips to the area. In the 70s the Edge of the Cedars was just a dirt trail to an overlook and pour over by some cliff dwellings.
Back then, we had driven miles of dirt road to Hovenweep, to an unmanned small ranger’s station and parked right next to Castle ruin. We hiked down into the canyon to square tower ruin. On the last trip I filmed my wife and our kids hiking the area with a VHS movie camera.
But now, Ed and I drove his comfortable Jeep on paved roads all the way to a large modern well staffed visitors’ center at Hovenweep, where the trail out to Castle ruin is paved. No longer are you allowed to hike down into the canyon floor beside Square Tower ruin. That said, the loop hike along the rim that has been developed, the excellent visitors’ center, and the helpful rangers - - make a visit and hike worthwhile. It also provides more protection to the ruins that unfortunately, occasionally are vandalized.
From Hovenweep we headed for Farmington via back roads, with me constantly having heated arguments with the GPS navigator I choose to call “The NUVI lady”. She is usually right but when she errs it is a big one. We didn’t travel the route we intended to Farmington, but we got there. Shiprock was a footnote stop on the way to Farmington. With rain in the area we didn’t want to take any of the dirt roads leading close to it, so satisfied ourselves with “roadside” snapshots of the brooding volcanic neck that was such a classic landmark to early travelers (Shiprock).
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At the start of year 2011, I made tentative plans to take a two week solo “road trip” through the Four Corners area (The Colorado Plateau), during the last half of March. Then, if my wife could get the time needed off from her part time job, I also planned a “road trip” vacation to the Southwest, in April with her.
When I put the plan together for the March trip, I decided to see if an old friend of mine, Ed (Flickr’s: OldWrangler), might be interested in joining me. I volunteered to take my old four wheel drive pickup truck and split the gasoline expense with him. We would each get an inexpensive motel room on the road to serve as “base camps” to hike, photograph, and explore back roads in the Four Corners area.
Not only did Ed accept but he also proposed that we take his brand new 4-door Jeep Wrangler instead of my old pickup truck. That didn’t take any thinking on my part. I LOVE Jeeps and Ed and I have always got along well (decades ago, I worked for him and we had taken a fun road trip together back in 2008, along with my friend John and my youngest son). The deal was sealed.
We left my house in Central Washington early Monday morning on the 14th of March. We returned 12 days and 3,875 miles later on Friday evening March 25th. We spent a lot of time drinking Diet Pepsi from the ice chest and keeping the hits of the 60s (and occasionally the 70s), cranked up high on the Jeep’s Si
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