October 24, 2016
October 23, 2016
This last scene was at the end of the canyon. I named it the stairway to heaven! Luckily we did not have to climb out this way. Instead, we made our way back the way we had come, getting a chance to enjoy the magic of the slot canyon once again.
October 22, 2016
You are looking at the Colorado River which has just come from Lake Powell and through the Glen Canyon Dam. Many people boat on this section of the river with motor boats, rafts and kayaks. If you look closely at this photo, you can see the blue river rafts lined up below and to the right of the dam.
For rafters to get to these rafts, they have to be transported from the surface and down through a 2 mile long tunnel to the water's edge.
Horseshoe Bend is the half way point between the put in at the dam and the take out at the very historical Lees Ferry area. Most kayakers camp for one night near a beach at the base of the bend. Sounds like a very delightful way to spend a few days!
October 21, 2016
On our second day of hiking, we did a morning hike out to the Twin Pinnacles and beyond to an arch. The hike started out across country, then into a draw or dry creek bed, past the pinnacles and then a big climb up with big vistas to view the arch. Here are some of the sights we saw on our way to the top.
After coming back down from the arch, our group of 20 people found a shady spot to stop and have lunch, all the while enjoying the wonderful views.
I listened as the various conversations drifted upwards from all of the small groups of people. It was not at all unpleasant, but I had to try to imagine what this lovely spot would have been like in total silence.