Big Bend of the Colorado SP
Now that the weekend is here and Steve is done with work we can head out for that hike that RV friend, Ruth, told us about. Grapevine Canyon is about 5 miles out and back. It's not really a published hike as it is very sacred to the local Indian tribes.
Petroglyphs, waterfalls, a slot canyon and some rock climbing. Let's go!
Craig and Jo stayed behind to do some errands and Jo wanted to make dinner for all of us.
Apparently we were lucky that we didn't do the hike yesterday. The entire area was closed down as the police were searching for a criminal with possible hostages.
The hike starts out in a sandy dry river bed for the first quarter mile.
We start up the canyon to the first waterfall.
Nice view looking back.
The first "waterfall". Just a small trickle. I'm sure it's more impressive after a good rain.
Here's a zoomed in pic of Steve in the red. (top, center)
At the top they wave to me.
I think I ended up on the steeper side. Thanks for the picture Steve and Dianne. The granite was so sharp I cut my leg just leaning on it as I pushed myself up. The rocks had so many different shapes. Some were layed back and some were stacked and some had strange patterns.
A heart shaped indentation in one of the boulders. This is about 2 feet across.
Finally we see some cactus blooms.
Dianne and Steve C with a ridge of spire rocks in the background.
Some rocks had strange carved out patterns.
Hurley was getting pooped.
This large steep boulder we had to climb up and over had an interesting raised ridge stripe on it.
Some little tunnels to climb through.
After a wrong turn, we backtrack and finally find the little slot canyon. Very cool to hike through.
Steve C got this great shot of all of us in the slot.
Dead end. We had to hike back out, around and over to continue.
Steve and Dianne.
Back to the petroglyphs.
Steve and Dianne's rig.
Craig and Jo.
The winds remained calm so we enjoyed a nice campfire after our dinner on the outside veranda.
We tried to make doughboys. We wrapped some pop and fresh dough around a stick, browned it in the coals from the fire, brushed it in butter then sprinkled it with sugar and cinnamon. Steve C decided he wanted chocolate and caramel drizzled on top. Dessert! It doesn't look like much but it was yummy.
Tomorrow we leave Steve and Dianne as they prepare to return to Canada. The rest of us will head to Valley of Fire State Park to do a lot more hiking and some boondocking at Lake Mead.
What a great day!