Marble Canyon and made our way north on the dirt to Vermillion
Cliffs. We traveled north through the Vermillion Cliffs
wilderness area and then hit US89A and went east to Big Water,
UT for a fuel stop. From Big Water, we headed north into
the Grand Staircase National Monument.
The photos below are what we saw.
after sunrise at Marble Canyon, we could see into the depths of
site was barren and had no trees. But, what it lacked in
trees, it more than made up for in awesome views.
after sunrise, Rob went out to one of the pinnacles to get a
better view of the canyon.
south from our camp we could see the Colorado River. Every
side canyon produced a rapids due to debris washed down during
upper plateau was pretty much devoid of interesting trees, save
this yucca cactus preparing to bloom.
camp and headed toward another lookout point.
elevation on this benchmark, only the date, a name and a
location-quality indicator (fourth order).
canyon visible from the viewpoint was awesome.
everybody got their photos, we loaded up for the 30 miles to
US89 and Vermillion Cliffs.
exit from the area, we got a good view of the Kaibab monocline
that forms the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
the path back to the highway and from the turnoff we got a view
of the other trucks approaching.
Vermillion Cliffs are worthy of their name and are many, many
miles of brilliant, deep-hued walls glowing in the bright
2450 camper was "custom made" by some German fellow but he did
not think through the tire mount frame. Rob had to
repeatedly tighten the nuts that hold the wheel in place.
An easy fix with a welder and some 2x2 inch steel tube, and we
did not have either.
turned north on the dirt road that leads through the Vermillion
miles into the Vermillion Cliffs trail we came on a campsite and
lo and behold there was another 1017. This couple, Elke
and Axel, are from Germany and have "been out since 2006".
They have a very nice camper and travel with their son.
Unlike Thor, their truck is not a 4-wheel drive.
look at their rig.
through the Vermillion Cliffs area, we came upon these brightly
Vermillion Cliffs, we headed east to Big Water to meet up with
Al and Claudia from San Diego in their U500.
fuel stop in Big Water, we headed into the Grand Staircase
area. Notice the Land Rover on the top of the mud
hill. Not true four wheeling in my mind, but if it makes
were interesting balanced rocks at the base of some of the
layers are coal seams and the coal produced interesting shades
of gray in the strata.
We did a
bio-stop and Vince approaches us from the south.
got everyone in the same place, we discussed exact paths to
travel and destinations and then headed out
cliffs along Smoky Mountain road are breath-taking.
spotted a small cactus that was in bloom and being worked over
by the insects.
from the cab while in motion heading up the steep grade on Smoky
hit a safe point, I could see the balance of the group before
they hit the steep portion of the road.
top of the mesa, we had a commanding view of the valley.
Mountain road is visible as is Lake Powell in the distance.
cliffs of the mesa were very steep and intolerant of a mistake
on the part of a driver.
first crest, a switchback allowed me to shoot a photo of the
balance of the members of the group.
top of the mesa, we could see the Navajo Power plant near Page,
AZ. Also visible is Lake Powell.
structure in the center of the photo above is Gunsite Butte.
The top of the mesa had unobstructed views in every direction.
group decides on the
final camp location on the mesa.
Cocktail hour begins
after we set up camp.
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