We stayed in Green River, Wyoming for several days and drove south to
see Canyondlands National
Park which is where the Green and Colorado Rivers converge to make the
mighty Colorado that flows
through the Grand Canyon.
As we arrived at Canyonlands one of the first major features was this
set of two big mesas which
some early explorer named after the Merrimack and Monitor ships from
the Civil War.
Along the road we enjoyed many flowers scattered in the nearby desert.
It had rained hard the day before our visit, so the desert was rather
We started down this dirt road, but decided that the better part of
valor suggested we not take it very far.
This was the view from just 100 yards along the road. We turned
around just another 100 yard down..
The better part of valor seemed very justified when we drove a bit
further on the paved road and
looked down to see the switchbacks on the road we almost took.
You can see a black
van on a sharp curve in the reddish part of the road. It was
going very slowly!
Here is more of this dirt road starting from the left where we turned
around near the top. It curved
down below here ( the photo above) and then back to the left and
out to the far mesa. We were
pretty happy to enjoy this scene from our vantage point. This is
three vertical photos merged in Photoshop.
We stopped for about an hour so I could take a 20 minute hike out to
see an Arch. Unfortunately the trail was
not paved so Dave could not use the electric chair. Dave read
maps while I hike out to see this arch. Since
I was sick the day we planned to see Arches National Park (nearby
Canyonlands), I was glad I had a chance to get this photo.
Along the trail to the Arch were these plants and arrangements of old
branches and cactus and while I was hiking
back a storm developed out over the canyon.
We drove further along the paved road out toward the end of the mesa
that divides the Green River
Canyon and the Colorado River Canyon. This is a photo of part of
the Colorado Canyon.
And here is a shot of the Green River Canyon on the other side.
The storm provided a chance for some nice photos. The pink showing
beyond is where the sun was shining
on cliffs beyond the storm.
Farther down I captured this raven flying out toward the storm.
Ravens are very common in the National
Parks we visited, but getting a decent picture of one in flight was
something I only did this once.
While Dave was reading maps, when I hiked out to see the Arch, he found
another dirt road he wanted to try out that
was just outside the boundary of the National Park As we were
leaving the park, weasked the Park Ranger about the
road. She said we could probably drive out to the edge, but we would
not want to go down the road to the Green River
-- it was too steep. We drove out toward the river - maybe 5 or 6
miles of dirt road and asked a passing jeep about the road.
He said the same thing - you can probably go to the top of the cliff,
but wouldn't want to drive down (althought he said
he had just done so and the road was no different than the one we were
on. So we drove to the top of
the cliff. Here is the view from there of the Green River.
The dirt road switched back and forth from here and
finally emerged down behind the lefthand cliff where you can see it
procede down to the shore of the River. It is
Green, isn't it?
We walked a 100 feet down the road, back to the top and looked over
again and after about 15 minutes of hemming
and hawing, we decided to try going down. We both had fun doing
it, but we also had nightmares the next two nights!
Here is a view looking down at the road after we got a quarter mile
down! I found riding on the passenger side
on the outside of these cliffs quite exciting -- especially being able
to see where we were going! A little further
down we saw two cars that had apparently gone over the side a few years
ago. That added to the thrill a good bit.
Here are more shots that give you some idea of the road going down.
We had a lovely time at the river watching a rafting group float by -
waving and asking questions - they were
just starting out on a multi-day trip down the Green.
Unfortunately, I deleted the pictures that I took from the
river looking up, some of which were kind of nice. One
should not process photos in a state of
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