Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bushwacking through the Jungle


One day we decided to hike down to the River Petroglyph Panel just west of Bluff, UT. I had been there before, a long time ago, so I "led."


The trail goes down an old wagon road from 100 years ago to the San Juan River. Can you believe this was a wagon road???


But when we got down into the wash, the trail was very overgrown. I didn't remember it being that way - maybe because it was 5 years ago, or maybe because it was spring, not fall. Anyway, some of the group (including me) was wondering if I knew what I was doing...


But I knew the panel was along the river, so as long as we were going down, I didn't think we were too far off. When we got down closer to the river, there were some ruins.


And then - whoopee! I found them!


Okay, here's my caption --- "I wish I could get this guy out of my head!!!"


There were several panels along the river, again some older and some newer.


We found a big tree to have lunch under. That's me in the lower right corner, sitting next to Arlien, a WIN friend I first met in 1996 in Virginia when I was hanging out with the Loners on Wheels.


The San Juan River is a popular rafting spot. It seems to be one of the few waterways we've seen this summer that actually has plenty of water.


All too soon, it was time to climb back out of the canyon.


It's always nice to see those kayaks again - useful in parking lots too!

14 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

Another great hike. Next time maybe you need to bring along a machete or two.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Those are great, distinct petroglyphs!

ladynomad said...

Bushwacking was right. My allergies went crazy for the next few days after.

Sherry said...

Oh I love the whole thing. An unknown trail leading to a treasure and water to top it all off. It's wonderful to feel like an explorer. What a great day.

Gaelyn said...

Nice rock art. I love finding ancient Native ruins and art.

Kimbopolo said...

How about "I wish I could get this guy off my butt"?

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Or "I'm gonna' wash that man right out of my hair"? :c)

Amazing trail the pioneers used back when. Makes you wonder how they made it down there. Hardy pioneers indeed!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

How about "I'm gonna' wash that man right out of my hair"? :c)

One of these days, I'm going to have to go hiking with you. You find the neatest places, despite all the jungle.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Oops! Sorry, my Internet signal has been acting up and I didn't know if my comment posted.

Sondra said...

YEAH! YOU found it...terrific panel too.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Wagon trail -- yeah right. Quite an adventure in a wagon. Beautiful country and very nice petroglyphs. Love your caption!

Barbara and Ron said...

Good Job! I never doubted you. I like the guy rafting with an umbrella. Reminds me of the time I tried that with a canoe.

Debra Dickinson said...

Oh, the things you get to do! I am so happy for you. Thank you so much for sharing it here with us. Every time I read a post, I have to stop and click my heels together 3 times, "Some day, some day." ;)

Awesome stuff - truly, thank you.

Nomad Wanderer said...

Wow, its an amazing blog but I've a little question for you. How do you manage all the expenses especially the fuel, ocassional truck maintenance or for that matter your daily expenses etc. I so want to be on road too but afraid that I've a very limited budget and I won't last long. It's amazing how you have managed to do it for the past 13 years or so.