Petroglyphs and Dead Horses
Trip Start May 30, 2011
11Trip End Jun 09, 2011
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We're back in Capitol Reef this morning and stop at Grand Wash for a short walk up a sandy wash to see more petroglyphs. We get to dawdle a bit since John realized he'd left his camera battery charger back at the motel. So Bob drove him back while we do our walk. It's cool again this morning. I start with 4 layers and get down to one by Dead Horse.
The wash is mostly a wide sandy trail past rock walls with carved out galleries. The wall of petroglyphs is easy to reach. We use the delay for plenty of photo ops, posing in the carved out galleries. Then back on the bus for the long drive toward Moab. Our first pit stop is in a cave. Interesting idea to use the natural rock walls to set up shop!
Late that morning, we stop at Green River to visit the John Wesley Powell museum and see a movie of their journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869. I read a novelization of George Bradley's diary some time back so much of the story is familiar, but the movie is very good and well worth the stop.
We have lunch across the highway and reach it via an underpass of the Green River bridge. On a ledge at the bottom of the bridge is a row of cliff swallows mud nests. They're something like wasp's nests. Acrobatic birds are flying into nest openings. They remind me of the weaver birds in East Africa. After lunch, we notice a the motel garden just off the parking lot by the bus. It has quite a few hummingbird feeders. Another photo op as the birds zip in and out. It's interesting that they use the clear nectar here. I wonder why we add the red dye?
Just "a few" miles later, we swing off the main road to visit Dead Horse Pt State Park - Utah's Grand Canyon
We drive on to Canyonlands NP and take a walk around a hill to see Mesa Arch. We can see a deep canyon through the arch and the snow covered La Sal mountains. Some problems with all the posing to get a clear view of the arch. Lots of flowers: desert evening primrose, some white flower, flowering cacti. Group photo op by the visitor center with canyon background. It takes some effort to get us all together. Rod drafts a tourist to take the picture.
Check into Moab at the Ramada. Rooms are definitely an upgrade, but my room is freezing cold at 62. Moab must be about 90 even in the early evening. Wash up and head up Main Street to find dinner. End up at Pasta Joe's for a great pizza the way I like them- super thin crust. Plenty enough for leftovers. There's a fridge in the room and we're staying 2 nights. We dawdle in the tourist shops on the walk back.