March 1st 1998 creek crossing


March 1st, 1998, with a Navajo guide with us, we crossed the creek at two spots. The creek was frozen above and deeper at that time than I believed may well be prudent plowing by way of it, even with a superior clearance four wheel drive pickup truck. We made it though.

Seeking down in March of 2011 to the location exactly where we crossed the streams in March of 1998, introduced a smile to my facial area. All is properly that turns out properly.

Ed and I stopped at most of the rim overlooks over Canyon del Muerto on our way into Chinle, Arizona. It was a awful windy working day and using photos from the rim was a bit of a chore at time. But as I often mention, with negative temperature arrived couple other people.

The following morning, following a fantastic night’s relaxation at Chinle, we drove out to the Canyon de Chelly canyon rim and observed ourselves the only kinds there at the White Home ruins ignore and trailhead. So all points getting equal, I will take loads of elbow area to fantastic temperature, each and each time.

Canyon del Muerto has an intriguing and unfortunate record for the Navajo people. In 1805 Spaniards observed a team of Navajo hiding on a ledge underneath the rim of Canyon del Muerto (canyon of demise), and though they ended up primarily aged males, women of all ages and children, they opened fireplace and killed above a hundred Navajo.

Then in 1863-sixty four, Package Carson led a U.S. cavalry into Canyon de Chelly and established about destroying the Navajo foodstuff sources. They burned all the corn fields and reduce down countless numbers of the Navajo’s prized peach trees. The Navajo ended up defeated by menace of hunger and marched away from their homeland.

In 1931 Canyon de Chelly was made a Countrywide Monument. Right now it is “administered” by the Countrywide Park Assistance though all the land even now belongs to the Navajo people. Navajo even now reside in the canyon, developing corn and several have peach tree orchards.

You can only go into the canyon on just one trail and just one location and that is the White Home wreck in Canyon de Chelly. All other travel in any of the canyons, such as Canyon del Muerto (just one of three main canyons of Canyon de Chelly), involves getting a Navajo guide or heading on a tour led by Navajo.

March 1st, 1998, my wife and I ended up in Arizona, camping and riding my twin activity bike on again roadways through the condition. We went to Canyon de Chelly and hired a Navajo guide to journey with us and exhibit us the way and sights up Canyon del Muerto. He was a amazing particular person with an intriguing record. We shared a lot of discussion and lunch at the conclusion of the dirt highway near Mummy Caves.

At just one issue I questioned if we could hike up to a wreck I noticed component way up the facet of Canyon del Muerto. He stated “Why walk. You have four wheel drive and a fantastic vehicle”. So he experienced us drive straight up the facet of the hill to close walking distance from a wreck.

Then near the conclusion of our journey we arrived to an iced above creek crossing. I debated no matter whether or not it would be smart for me to test the crossing in our truck. “You can make it” stated our guide, so I went plowing by way of the stream breaking up a significant amount of money of ice on the way across. The water arrived up to our entrance bumper, but we made it across. We established jointly the three of us less than a significant tree, bare of leaves, on the lookout up at Mummy Caves. I invited our guide to sign up for us in consuming our picnic lunch we experienced ready, which he did.

On the way again out of the canyon, I was in for a shock. The ice I experienced broken loose with the pickup truck on the way in, experienced floated down and fashioned an ice dam of types, elevating the water degree noticeably in the creek. This time when we plunged by way of the creek in our pickup truck, the water pushed up to the headlights and I was Extremely relieved to get there on the other facet with the engine even now operating.

I mention all of this, because on this windy working day in March of 2011, I could appear down above the rim of Canyon del Muerto and see the creek crossing from 1998 and the really tree we shared our lunch near the Mummy Caves. Memories stir uncomplicated with sights, sounds, and fragrances.

Right here are a few of one-way links to photos taken on the guided journey my wife and I took jointly on the March 1st 1998 journey:

Canyon del Muerto March 1st, 1998:…

The ruins our guide experienced us “four wheel drive” up to (fairly than hike):…

☼ Functions Day Seven OF TWELVE ☼

This would be an intriguing working day of travel on this highway journey but not a particularly fantastic working day for images. In truth, there is only just one photograph that I took the whole working day that I’m happy of. The relaxation do tiny a lot more than share a tale of highway journey travels and preserve fantastic memories.

After a now customary significant breakfast at Denny’s, we still left Grants, New Mexico for El Morro Countrywide Monument. El Morro experienced possibly the most intriguing record of any location we frequented on this highway journey. There are couple “knock out” photos to be experienced here but hiking along the inscriptions panel on the facial area of the cliffs the water pool that “made” the location or up across the top of the cliffs exactly where there are kivas and masonry ruins and views for hundreds of miles – – absolutely made this a fantastic location to quit and pay a visit to.

Leaving El Morro, we drove to the Zuni Pueblo. I got my favorite photograph of the working day of a younger Zuni lady clutching her treasured dog, she stated she experienced named “angel”. Zuni Pueblo though, is just one of two spots we frequented on this highway journey that I would not remarkably advise. The pueblo alone is so run down it is a bit depressing, even though all the Zuni people we achieved ended up welcoming, handy, and amazing people.

The women of all ages doing work the official Zuni crafts outlet retail store will never ever make a residing doing work on revenue fee but in their personal unhurried way, they went about daily life. I purchased a jet bear fetish here with an inlaid turquoise rain cloud. A card arrived with it telling of the Zuni craftsman, who developed it. It is one thing I will very long treasure, though a return journey to Zuni Pueblo will never ever be superior on my checklist. The church at Zuni Pueblo, like most else there is in negative will need of some treatment.

One of the several guide guides I experienced with me stated that freeway 13 coming in from the Northeast of Canyon de Chelly was scenic, so Ed and I plotted a route to Chinle, Arizona that would take us north up freeway 491 from Gallup, New Mexico, then above the mountains on freeway 13 to the north edge of Canyon de Chelly (Canyon del Muerto is the north canyon).

The temperature was windy and often with lots of clouds on our drive to Canyon de Chelly, but the again roadways ended up intriguing to drive. My wife and I experienced taken our four wheel drive truck with an aged Navajo guide up Canyon del Muerto and we experienced revisited the rim several occasions. Nonetheless it was a location I get pleasure from and Ed hadn’t been there, so it was a worthwhile location to pay a visit to along the way.

We got rooms at Chinle and Ed assisted me again up all the photos I experienced taken consequently considerably on the highway journey (Loads), by unloading them to his pc then saving them on an eight gb flash drive that I experienced purchased for the purpose at Moab.

By the way. Ed has taken two photograph safaris to Africa in the previous couple several years. His images of individuals excursions on his “oldwrangler” Flickr photograph internet site are outstanding. He used an Epson exterior hard drive and photograph viewer “back up” on individuals excursions. He experienced the Epson along on this journey and I fell in like with it. Possibly too dear for me, but I have appeared at the P2000 and P4000 designs on the online, since our return from this highway journey, with interest.

Right here is the hyperlink to Ed’s “oldwrangler” Flickr photos:

☼ 3,875 MILE/twelve Day ~ four CORNERS Road Vacation OVERVIEW ☼

At the start out of calendar year 2011, I made tentative strategies to take a two week solo “road trip” by way of the 4 Corners location (The Colorado Plateau), for the duration of the previous half of March. Then, if my wife could get the time wanted off from her component time career, I also planned a “road trip” family vacation to the Southwest, in April with her.

When I put the strategy jointly for the March journey, I made the decision to see if an aged close friend of mine, Ed (Flickr’s: OldWrangler), may well be interested in signing up for me. I volunteered to take my aged four wheel drive pickup truck and split the gasoline cost with him. We would each get an reasonably priced motel home on the highway to provide as “base camps” to hike, photograph, and investigate again roadways in the 4 Corners location.

Not only did Ed take but he also proposed that we take his brand new four-doorway Jeep Wrangler rather of my aged pickup truck. That did not take any imagining on my component. I Like Jeeps and Ed and I have constantly got along properly (many years ago, I worked for him and we experienced taken a exciting highway journey jointly again in 2008, along with my close friend John and my youngest son). The deal was sealed.

We still left my residence in Central Washington early Monday morning on the 14th of March. We returned twelve times and 3,875 miles afterwards on Friday night March twenty fifth. We spent a lot of time ingesting Eating plan Pepsi from the ice upper body and preserving the hits of the 60s (and sometimes the 70s), cranked up superior on the Jeep’s Sirius satellite radio audio program. Sing along tunes! “Road trip” tunes.

Temperature often dictated modifications to our proposed route and actions. We stayed versatile, and in the conclusion we frequented the significant the greater part of spots we experienced hoped to see, when the highway journey commenced. We experienced solar and apparent skies, snow, dust storms, and superior winds at occasions. Ed’s Jeep experienced an exterior temperature screen. We drove in almost everything from18 diploma temperature to temperatures in the 70s in New Mexico.

Right here in outline variety are the spots we noticed, hiked, photographed, and frequented for the duration of the twelve working day highway journey:

Mon 3.14.eleven
* Interstate travel from my residence in Central Washington to Lehi, Utah

Tue 3.fifteen.eleven
* Scenic again roadways ( Hwys: six, 89, & 31) from Spanish Fork to Huntington, Utah
* Grime highway travel to “The Wedge” and down Buckhorn Wash to I-70.
* Side journey to the Head of Sinbad petroglyph and then on to Moab.

Wed 3.sixteen.eleven
* Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands NP (Mesa Arch & Upheaval Dome)
* The Shafer “Jeep” Trail down to the White Rim highway and again to Moab.
* Hike to Sensitive Arch & pay a visit to Home windows part in Arches NP.

Thu 3.17.eleven
* Newspaper Rock in the Needles district of Canyonlands NP
* Attempt again highway travel through the Abajo Mountains to Monticello
* Edge of the Cedars museum in Blanding, Utah
* Hovenweep – Square tower team loop hike
* Shiprock and then on to Farmington, New Mexico.

Fri 3.18.eleven
* Bisti Badlands hike (My favorite hike on the journey)
* Chaco Canyon (Chetro Ketl and Pueblo Bonito) pay a visit to
* Scenic freeway ninety six and then down into Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sat 3.19.eleven
* Santo Domingo Pueblo (turquoise & pueblo oven bread)
* Cerrillos and the Turquoise Trail (freeway 14)
* Acoma Sky Town pueblo
* El Morro countrywide monument hike
* Zuni pueblo then on to Grants, New Mexico

Sunlight 3.20.eleven
* Scenic freeway 34 by way of Crystal to Canyon de Chelly countrywide monument
* Canyon del Muerto rim of Canyon de Chelly. Continue to be in Chinle, Arizona

Mon 3.21.eleven
* White residence wreck ignore at Canyon de Chelly
* Generate by way of a main dust storm receiving pelted with traveling tumbleweeds
* Highway 264 across Hopi Mesas to Tuba Town then to Site, Arizona

Tue 3.22.eleven
* Consider “walk in” lottery for “The Wave” (failed…….yet again)
* Go to Higher antelope slot canyon
* Huge Bend of Colorado River

Wed 3.23.eleven
* The Toadstools hike
* Cottonwood clean/Paria River dirt highway to Grosvenor (Butler) arch
* Kodachrome Basin (hike “Parade” and box canyons loop)
* Bryce Canyon Countrywide Park then on to Escalante, Utah

Thu 3.24.eleven
* Cancelled all our dirt highway travel when we woke up to snow in Escalante
* Goblin Valley Point out Park then on to Ogden, Utah

Fri 3.fifteen.eleven
* Interstate (by way of some critical snow in Northern Utah) again property.

Portion of the exciting of any “road trip” is the several intriguing and amazing people you meet up with along the way. We achieved a lot more than our share but a couple honorable mentions:

* Fred (Sawtooth photograph) joined us for a Cracker Barrel lunch in Boise
* Al Hamann (a colorful character to say the least) CEO of Sun’s Inc. Passive Solar Items at Cindi’s Café in Huntington, Utah
* fifteen calendar year aged “life is good” waitress at the Moab, Utah Pizza Hut
* Ana and daughter Tina ~ Santo Domingo Pueblo (turquoise & bread)
* Patricia (owner) at the Cerrillos, New Mexico turquoise mine museum
* “Love’s his job” and educated ranger at El Morro countrywide monument
* Acoma Indian waitress at Grants, New Mexico
* Young Zuni lady with her specific dog “Angel”

And I just as properly get the significant confession out of the way. I gained again six kilos on this twelve working day journey (and it is no mystery how that occurred), of the hard misplaced kilos I from the preceding two and half months (“New Year’s resolution”). We ate a Lot at a Lot of loved ones cafés and experienced several Denny’s specials. We observed a couple spots to try to eat that ended up just flat out excellent:

one. Homestead Steak Home in Blanding, Utah (Order the French dip sandwich, which is served on refreshing doughy bread, lots of beef, onions, environmentally friendly pepper, and cheese). Oh my!

two. The Spouse and children Hogan in Tuba Town, Arizona. They ended up out of the Navajo mutton stew so I experienced the open up facial area very hot beef sandwich and a pizza sized Navajo fry bread with butter, sugar and cinnamon on the facet (a vanilla milk shake too). I savored each and each chunk. The foodstuff was fantastic and portions – generous.

3. Escalante Outfitters café (Pesto rooster pizza). Generally fantastic foodstuff can be observed here and welcoming people doing work there.

* Skip Chu Chu’s restaurant exterior the Zuni pueblo. It was value the view and a test, but the foodstuff was just not up to “road trip” requirements.

I hope you get pleasure from some of the selected images I post from this highway journey.

Oldmantravels 3.27.2011

Posted by oldmantravels on 2011-04-05 05:56:36

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