USA Day 14 – Walk up a Slot Canyon in the Colorado River Canyon

Well after a chatty night around the fire and a feast (killer broccolli salad, Michelle and Mike not to mention about 5 other dishes contributed by others) we all headed to bed and this is what I saw out of the tent door in the morning.

I am sleeping on rock (using an air bed) but the rock is incredibly beautiful – it is part of the ancient ocean floor even though the elevation here is around 3500ft.  Pushed up by volcanic action.  There are other patterns in many different places.  Very cool.

Fossilised Ocean Floor

Fossilised Ocean Floor

Chuck of Duckworks, Martin of Polyurethane Catamaran fame and John a serious canoeist from Texas were my companions.

Chuck, Martin and John.

Chuck, Martin and John.

The landscape makes me think of some of the Warner Brother’s cartoons with rocks balanced on other rocks.

Exotic landscape next to the Colorado River

Exotic landscape next to the Colorado River

This is the cartoon version

cartoon landscape

cartoon landscape

And they took me into the mouth of the slot canyon.

Entry to slot canyon

Entry to slot canyon

And we walked along … sandy floor and I was glad that the water was not rushing through.

Beautiful sandstone underground

Beautiful sandstone underground

After a short walk we ended up being stopped by the canyon becoming too narrow.  I said it looked nice and I had never seen anything like it.  But was a bit disappointed it was a bathroom sized space (and the floor was wet too)

The end of the slot canyon ... or is it?

The end of the slot canyon ... or is it?

After a few seconds they all grinned and said this was a joke … just a small canyon (I was so polite about my disappointment) … but now we were going to the real thing.

Arty Shot of walking above the little slot canyon

Arty Shot of walking above the little slot canyon

Above the little slot canyon

Above the little slot canyon

This had the formality of a Chinese Garden

Chinese garden.

Chinese garden.

This is more like it!

Big slot canyon on the colorado river.

Big slot canyon on the colorado river.

It got narrower and some rocks had been trapped.

Slot Canyon gets narrower

Slot Canyon gets narrower

This is Chuck.  Some people have written on the wall.  Other people have removed the writing with powertools.  Also some of the graffiti is very historical.  What is the right action here?

We start walking out

Walking out of the slot canyon

Walking out of the slot canyon

Sticks on the ground

Sticks on the ground

And the happy explorer.  It was time to get back to the lake and see who had arrived from around the USA.  On the way back we found a broken down car with a boat behind it and met Ruby and her mum who were bringing a Whitehall with a sliding seat down.

MIK well protected from the sun

MIK well protected from the sun

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Rick Tatum
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You look quite the intrepid explorer Mik! Keep your eyes peeled for coyote and roadrunner 😀

Paul and Robbie Griffiths
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G’day MIK,

The Bilge Rat and I are enjoying your journey with you. Sure saves a slide evening on your return – phew! Well done. Please keep up the commentary.

Finished the bird’s mouth 4.2m mast glue-up. Am now patenting the concertina taping idea – just right for early birds. Where can I send the photos and commentary for others to utilise?

Bed here for your return. How many of your fans would you like at the airport, and when, please?

Best to you from C&M, R&P.
Cheers and travel safely.