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painted wall

This past weekend Britt and I went on our first backpack trip of the season, to Grand Gulch, which is a canyon system in southern Utah which was a major population center back in the 11th century. Lots of ruins and rock art to look at, in addition to the natural beauty of the redrock canyon country; lots of wildflowers and a little wildlife (a big gopher snake, and I didn't put his picture inline here but be warned there is one in the linked photoset, if you are a snake-o-phobe).

We went in on the Government Trail and hiked up Grand Gulch to Dripping Canyon to camp, looking at Cool Stuff as we went; then we returned to Polly's Canyon which is next to the Government Trail but has no formal trail. We camped in Polly's Canyon for the second night, and in the morning bushwhacked and climbed our way out. It has been a dry winter and spring here in the desert southwest, and there was no water at some of the intermittent springs. We were a bit nervous heading up Dripping Canyon but happy to find water there, but we did not find water at the marked spring in Polly's Canyon and were contemplating having to hike out that afternoon when we found a bunch of pools farther upcanyon, phew.

Ruin in an abandoned meander of the main Grand Gulch canyon:
little ruin

Oasis in Cow Tank canyon:

Handprint pictographs:

Set of 24 photos at Flickr

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Date: 2012-05-10 07:32 pm (UTC)
ainsley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ainsley
I'm glad it went well, and it's very cool to see photos of the ruins.

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Date: 2012-05-13 01:52 am (UTC)
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Great photos!

It's amazing to me that the ruins aren't ... I don't know, more protected? They're beautiful.

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Date: 2012-05-13 07:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
That ruin is indeed so neat, and the wall to the right looks purposefully constructed, though surely it isn't?

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Date: 2012-05-27 07:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
It just fell so neatly :)


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