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2016 Grand Gulch Day 2
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Grand Gulch 2016
Day 2 - May 9

Todie Canyon to Sheiks Canyon

Ready to Go - Near Big Pouroff Pool

It was a great day for hiking on our second day down Grand Gulch. Our campsite at the mouth of Todie Canyon caught the early rays of the sun, and we got off to an early (well for us anyway) start.

This was probably the best day on the hike. There wasn't too much bushwhacking through brush and climbing in and out of the wash. In addition the scenery was spectacular, which included the wonderful Split Level ruin.

We made our second camp in Sheik's Canyon after hiking 7.2 miles for the day. We ended our day listening to the chorus of frogs in the Green Mask spring.

Note photo takers are given in the titles under the thumbnails.

Kickass Trekkers on this trip were: Bill Mooseker, Shelby Stong, Mike Stong, Madison Stong, Fred Stong, and Cindy Stong.

The descriptions under the photo thumbnails in the album sometimes contain links to maps or additional information. These are identified by "Blue” text for links. I've also inserted links to Google Maps to show where certain photos in the album were taken or to locate features shown in the photos. Click on the link, close the sidebar, and choose satellite view. Basically, you can then zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or drag the map by clicking and holding.

For panoramic photos, I would recommend clicking on the thumbnail photo to enlarge. View at original size for most detail. The thumbnails do not do justice to petroglyphs and pictographs, so I would recommend enlarging them as well. Please take the time to view the many videos to better experience what it was like to be there.

Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


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Morning view up Todie Canyon from our camp.

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Getting squared away for the day's hike.

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Bill & Shelby - Shelby is making the "piles" (to the left of Shelby).  The piles are the food and troop gear that are distributed every morning.

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Fred packing Cindy's pack.

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Going down canyon, the trail leads you to an alcove with several ruins.  This was a first as the up canyon trail does not come thru here, so this was a first for me.

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Closer view of end ruin.

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view of ruin.

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Close up of construction method - mud "stucco" applied over rock wall.

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Looking back at ruin in previous photo.

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Pretty dilapidated ruin.

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looking back at ruin in previous photo.

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Madison in front of ruins.

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Mike taking previous photo.

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Mike & Madison

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Fred taking previous photo.

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Shelby is exploring the ledge beyond.

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#MASG (Make America Stong Again)

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View looking down canyon from the ruin alcove.

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Cindy & Madison

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Mike exploring the upper ledge beyond the ruin.

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Fred on the lower ledge.

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Granary tucked in the upper ledge.

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Mike & Madison on the upper ledge.

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Madison on the upper ledge - the granary in the previous photo is just around the bend.

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Metate at ruin alcove.

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Another view.

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Ruins on the lower ledge.

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Looking back at the upper ledge.

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Granary ruin along lower ledge.

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Madison at ruin.

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Closer view.

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Sculpted sill on the door of this ruin.

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Mike at another ruin.

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Claret Cup Cactus ready to bloom.

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Another Claret Cup cactus

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Cindy has an eye for the flowers - I think that this is a Lindley's Silverpuff

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Plenty of these colorful flowers along this stretch of the canyon - Globemallow

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Flower garden

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Primrose Flowers.

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Primrose flower garden.

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Upper end of the alcove.

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Looking out from the alcove at the inner promontory of the bend in the canyon.

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Going around the bend - still the same promontory.

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Looking back to the outer edge of the bend in the canyon.

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Bird like hoodoo

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Close up view of Bird Head hoodoo.

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Grand Gulch scenery

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lichen patterns on the sandstone walls of the canyon.

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Gnarled Cedar tree clings to life along the trail.

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Coming up on another inner promontory.  This one is located HERE.

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Lip of the "Big Pouroff Pool" - I was hoping to reach this on our first day as my favorite Grand Gulch campsite is near here - but it was just too far for an old man!!

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Taking a break at the Big Pouroff.

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Checking the maps.

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Breaktime at a beautiful spot.

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Madison investigating the Pouroff pool.

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Madison and the pool below.

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Pouroff pool from above. In 2005, there was a waterfall at the pool -
CLICK HERE


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Getting ready to go.

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Bill at the lip of the pouroff.

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Shelby & Fred

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Bill getting his pack ready.

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Cindy & Fred

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Mike & Madison

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Swinging around the bend below the pouroff pool.

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"Easter Island" hoodoo.

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Heading out.

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Heading over open country.

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Mike & Madison checking animal tracks in the wash.

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Interesting patterns in the canyon wall.

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Close up of sandstone bedding patterns.

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Tree shows evidence of flash floods.

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Mike and Madison had climbed up on a bench to view the Lion Track ruin and got this photo of the rest of the crew.

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View of the Lion Track Ruin from the bench - in 2002 we hiked over to the base of the ruin.

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Telephoto view of the ruin - it sits high up on a cliff.

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The ruin is named for its proximity to the Lion Track Spring, which is a little further down canyon.  I've seen some reports that call this ruin "inaccessible", but Shelby made it up there in 2002. Proof is HERE.

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While I was up on the bench photographing the Lion Track ruin, the rest of the crew took off down canyon.

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Crew heading down canyon.


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Going through sage and cottonwoods a little past the previous photos. According to the map, the Lion Track Spring is located on the bench near the end of the promontory to the right and above   our group.

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Globemallow flowers

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Ancient cottonwood

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Panorama photo (part 1)- Lion Track Ruin is near the left edge of this photo (left edge corresponds to looking up canyon)

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Panorama photo (part 2) - if you enlarge photo to original size you can see the Lion Track Ruin near the right edge of the photo. (Left edge corresponds to looking down canyon) I think that these photos were taken near HERE.

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Claret Cup Cacti

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Looking up canyon from near Split Level Ruin.

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Approaching the alcove where the Split Level Ruin is located.

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Taking a break in the cedars at the Split Level Ruin.

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Canyon walls loom above the Split Level alcove

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Checking out the isolated ruins at the upstream edge of the alcove.

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View toward the down canyon end of the alcove.

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Split Level alcove

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Looking back to where we dropped our packs.

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At the upper en of the alcove there is a group of ruins shown here.  You can also see a large rockfall that lies between the main Split Level ruins and these ones.

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Detail view showing roof construction with log rafters and thatch overlain with dirt. I'm wondering if this was a kiva that has been filed with sand over the years. There has been some build up since 2005 - see HERE.  Note also that some of the loose rocks have been moved around.

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Madison and Mike at granary ruin.

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Fred at Granary

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Madison at well preserved granary.

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Another view of the granary.

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Notice to not enter interior areas is new since 2005 (enlarge to original size to read) Also, the flat rocks next to the opening were not there either.

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The midden (waste dump) has been chained off so that you can't walk through it.

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The fenced off area lets you access the rockfall for a closer view of the main ruins.

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view of the midden area - many shards of pottery are visible here.

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Note the pottery shards.

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Pottery shard and 700 year old corn cob in the waste area.

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Group of shards - note the red glazed one and the various gray stippled ones.

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A hawk or owl feather adds some color.

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Pottery shard with stippled decoration.

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If you enlarge this photo, you will see many corn cobs, shards, and bits of charcoal.

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Different types of pottery shards - enlarge photo and note the artwork on the small shard to the left.

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Red glazed shard with lines.

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Panoramic view of the Split Level Ruins from the top of the rockfall shown previously.

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Split level ruin.

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view from the rockfall - note the exposed roof beams at the left.

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Exposed roof beams at the front of the ruin.

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Upper part of ruin - notice the different construction that has been used to close the opening - vertical posts interspersed with smaller branches with horizontal ties spaced about 8-12 inches and then overlain with mud for a seal.
In 2005, there was a large flat stone partially blocking this opening, which someone has illegally moved.  2005 shown HERE. It was not there in 2002 -SHOWN HERE. What happened?


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Another view of the exposed roof beams - not the sequence of construction. Note the lintel above the door - have some rocks fallen out between the two wood beams?

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Shelby in the Rockfall.

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Telephoto - Holy Crap! I've been here three times but I never noticed the petroglyphs on the rock to the right of Shelby until I enlarged this photo.  I wonder if they were put there up above up on the cliff before the rock fell.

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Looking up canyon from top of rockfall.

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Looking up canyon - you can see the round shape of the lower ruins, which leads to my speculation that it was a kiva.

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Looking down canyon from top of rockfall.

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Madison climbing up the rockfall.

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This shows the way up the rockfall.

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Bill taking a break in the shade at Split Level Ruin.

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Fred taking a break.

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Looking back at Split Level Ruin as we head out - Note the ruins at the upper level.  It looks impossible to get up there. There are even more to the right (out of photo) - CLICK HERE for photo from 2005.

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Good bye Split Level.

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Another Claret Cup Cactus bloom.

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More Claret Cup blooms.

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Claret Cups and a Yucca plant.

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Crossing the wash below Split Level Ruin.

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Crossing the wash.

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wind eroded sandstone

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Bill photographing some Globmallow flowers.

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Bill's Globemallows

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Fred

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Mike crossing the wash

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Madison hiking along the wash.

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More primroses.

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Someone marked a bobcat print in the wash.

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Blue Flax

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More Claret Cups

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Looking up canyon

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Fred crossing a headland

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Bill - If you enlarge this photo to original size, you will see that the alcove in the distance has several ruins (which we missed).

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I thought that this was a Firecracker Penstemon but on closer examination I think it is a Scarlet Gilia.

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More Globemallows

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Heading down the trail

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Impressive Hoodoo located HERE.

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Fred - still some water flowing in the wash.

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Very scenic through this section.

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Looking back towards point with impressive hoodoo, which is not visible here because we are looking at it end on.

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Madison at the alcove for Shelf Ruin. Location is HERE.

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Mike - if you enlarge the photo you can see another party under the alcove.

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Shelf Ruin - there is another level above. We had lunch here under the alcove during a rain shower in 2005 when we were coming up canyon.  There is a small ruin in the alcove. Photos from 2005: HERE and HERE.
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Mike had the wrong setting on his GoPro, and instead of a video he made a series of stop action photos.  I put them together to make a jerky but still viewable video.


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Meanwhile, Fred (keeping me company) & I are lagging behind have only made it a couple of hundred feet up canyon from the Impressive Hoodoo (the canyon wall on the right)

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Looking up canyon very near the Impressive Hoodoo - I took this same photo in 2005.  There was much more water flowing then.

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Pretty patterns in the rocks

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A couple of granaries along the way - I didn't see these either.

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Close up of the larger granary.

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Cindy making her way over a bend.

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Fred crossing over a hump located HERE

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Cindy - taking a Lunch Break at a shady spot by the stream.

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Madison enjoying a Snickers bar and Mike giving his feet a break.

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Bill getting his lunch and Fred cooling his feet.

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Cindy airing out her "boots".

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This stretch has some of the nicest hiking - wide open canyon with impressive walls on either side.

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Shelby surprising Mike.

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Looking up canyon from HERE.

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Heading down the wash.

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I think this is a Fishook cactus.

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Looking up canyon

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Arriving at the Thumb pouroff

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View of the Thumb Pouroff. Located HERE.

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Mike & Shelby at the Thumb Pouroff.

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View of the "Thumb" and the pouroff below.

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Bill arriving at the pouroff

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Checking the GPS location.

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Indian paintbrush provides a spot of color.

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Impressive point near the Thumb.

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Shelby & Madison hiking down the wash.

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Heading down the wash - good hiking through here.

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Fred - looking for a campsite.

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Shelby heading up Sheiks Canyon looking for a campsite.

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Shelby found a campsite.

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Our camp.

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Fred setting up his tent.

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Camp setup.

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Ruins

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Telephoto view - note "breech birth" panel bottom right.

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Ancient pictographs visible across the way.

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Cindy preparing supper - Mike's video of Sheiks Canyon.


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Fred getting tent ready as sun goes down.

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As dinner cooks (you can hear the Dragonflies), Mike makes a tour of the upper camp.


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Dinner is ready to serve.

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Washing dishes after dinner.


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Getting ready for bed - Shelby pitching his tent.

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Moon over the canyon

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A little night time excitement was provided by this huge spider.

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Run for your lives - Spider loose in camp!!!


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Nothing to see here, but I took it for the audio of the frogs in the Green Mask Spring serenading us.


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