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Peaches, goddess of slot canyons

Our first night was spent at the free campground of Navajo National Monument, although to our disappointment it turned out that they were not yet running tours to the ruins. The next day we drove toward Page AZ, where Britt vaguely remembered a slot canyon - a tributary to Navajo Canyon - that he'd visited a few times in college and wanted to see again. After a few false starts, we finally found the correct jeep road leading off toward the canyons. Which alas had a fence across it courtesy of the power company (it ran under the power lines and was probably intended for tower access, not for hiker access). We parked there and then hiked the mile or so to the OMG scary steep gully access into Peach Wash (lots of big steps down big drops, chimneying, etc.) and then, yay, beautiful slot canyon, where we found Peaches (pictured above) lying in the sand. We were stopped from going downstream by big pools of water (it was cloudy - in fact, it was threatening rain, and the only reason I agreed to go into the canyon was that Britt pointed out the storm was downcanyon rather than upcanyon of us - and the idea of getting soaked wasn't appealing) but upstream we managed to go quite a ways before getting stopped by a muddy plunge pool.

peach wash deeper

britt upper end

Then we retraced our steps to the exit, which unfortunately had become no less steep during our explorations. We went up and out, started hiking back, and then the heavens cut loose on us and we got very, very wet, or at least our rain gear did, as we pulled it on as soon as we felt the first drops. Got back to the van, got inside, got dry, drank hot chocolate, and then headed to Page to fuel up. We spent the night on BLM land just a little ways up Cottonwood Gulch, near the Paria Ranger Station. Our plan was to see if we could get a walk-in permit for the North Coyote Buttes (the area known as "the Wave," which has been popularized by a German travel programme and is now heavily controlled, i.e., impossible to get into) but alas, no luck (47 people trying for 10 slots) and so we continued on to Zion National Park.

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Date: 2008-06-07 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malnpudl.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. What a spectacular place. And what a gift to be able to go there.

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Thanks! It's pretty darn incredible.

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Date: 2008-06-07 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] de-wynken.livejournal.com
wow..that's some pretty rock :)

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
It is! I dunno if you ever go down to the area near Page but there are some spectacular formation.

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] de-wynken.livejournal.com
No I've not heard of it. AZ isn't my stomping grounds..yet.

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:41 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Well, it's not very far! Just go south at Cortez. Although the season's about done until fall.

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Date: 2008-06-07 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-becca.livejournal.com
ooh, pretty!

And when did you cut your hair? Or am I imagining things?

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Hee, it's in a ponytail. Still long!

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Date: 2008-06-07 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triestine.livejournal.com
That is some dramatic nature!

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Yeah, it really is. The desert country around here is so carved by wind and water that one gains a great respect for the sheer effect of time. A drop of water doesn't do much, but drops of water over millions of years...

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Date: 2008-06-07 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ptyx.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, those rocks are so cool! Wonderful photos.

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2008-06-07 01:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wychwood
Wow, gorgeous! And I love the little figure - she looks like she should be your little hiker alter-ego! :)

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Hee! I found her in the sand, and immediately picked her up and dusted her off and said, "look, it's the goddess of slot canyons!" Britt said we had to name her Peaches because we found her in Peach Wash. When we lived on the boat, we found a Buzz Lightyear doll and installed him on one of our communications radios - I figured finding another doll on our first van trip was a good sign, so she's going to live in the van!

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Date: 2008-06-09 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wychwood
Yay for mascots :)

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Date: 2008-06-07 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zebra363.livejournal.com
Spectacular!

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
I feel weird saying thanks because it sounds like I'm taking credit for Mama Nature :-)

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Date: 2008-06-08 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeddy83.livejournal.com
Wow, amazing rock formations. I love the colours, though I'm guessing they are muted by the grey day.

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Date: 2008-06-09 02:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Yeah, wait until you see the Coyote Buttes and Bryce pictures! The sun makes everything glow!

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Date: 2008-06-09 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delurker.livejournal.com
Lovely pictures! It looks like you're going to have a lot of fun in your new van. :)

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Date: 2008-06-09 05:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
We are planning on it! I mean, it cost so much that we need to justify spending that money. :-)

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Date: 2008-07-03 03:06 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ainsley.livejournal.com
I'm showing my generation appallingly when I say that my favorite picture is the one of Strawberry Shortcake. But the rocks are what make it special! *fails to redeem self*

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Date: 2008-07-03 02:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ilanarama.livejournal.com
Hee, I thought that was Strawberry Shortcake, don't ask me why I had that bit of cultural knowledge in my head. But we call her Peaches now. She lives in the van and benevolently looks over our activities.

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