down in the canyon
Can’t actually go down into the canyon bottom without a permit and a Navajo guide. I like it that way since it’s likely to help to keep some of the ancient remains of the cliff dwellings intact.
Entering the canyon driving through Chinle Wash (literally). We hadn’t gone far before the thunder started crashing. It made for some terrific skies.
Our Navajo guide pointed out plenty of petroglyphs (carved or pecked into an exposed rock surface) and pictographs (painted onto the surfaces). He also explained the meaning of many of them. He grew up in the canyon and told some great stories.
(click image for a closer view)
The one above was called ‘Newspaper’ Rock for the abundant drawings.
The shapes sculpted into the rocks are amazing and fascinating. With a bit of imagination one can make out faces and animals easily enough.
Cliff dwellings left by the Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo Indians were built into the alcoves of the cliffs for protection from the elements and enemies. Now they’re protected by the Navajo.
We got into some tight spots.
About the time when we started heading back, it started to rain and the creek started to rise. The colors of the canyon walls turned darker, almost a dark blue/purple shade. Some trickles of water seemingly coming from holes in the cliff walls began to form little waterfalls.
When the last living thing
Has died on account of us,
How poetical it would be
If Earth could say,
In a voice floating up
From the floor
Of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.
― Kurt Vonnegut
I suppose I need to change themes since this one isn’t built for the small screens. Have NO idea how long that’ll take, but I guess I’ll suspend posting this trip until I conquer that challenge.