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photoblog image Now... To Get Down...

Now... To Get Down...

Far below - you can just make out a couple folks who've stopped to admire the sandstone.  Well - somehow we have to get down there!  It was difficult, but fun trying to find the best (safest?) way down.  Slow going - we were able to stop and admire much of the fauna at close hand.  Obviously, we figured it out, as we're here to tell the tale!  :-)

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 32b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 33b.jpg

 

Now... To Get Down...

Far below - you can just make out a couple folks who've stopped to admire the sandstone.  Well - somehow we have to get down there!  It was difficult, but fun trying to find the best (safest?) way down.  Slow going - we were able to stop and admire much of the fauna at close hand.  Obviously, we figured it out, as we're here to tell the tale!  :-)

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 32b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 33b.jpg

 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Dec 2017, 00:25
The rocks are gorgeous, Elizabeth.

It is one of those scenarios where the best and the quickest are not the same.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't the colors wonderful?!
You're absolutely right, Ray! Thank you!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Dec 2017, 06:53
It's just as well you both are YOUNG AND FIT, otherwise you'd never survive in this broiling place of sheer drops and vicious looking cactus..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So very true, Chris! And we plan on staying this way for another 20 years at least! smile
Well there was no rush smile

Quite a sight
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nope! Indeed, it is!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2017, 06:57
I think it's quite a grippy rock with the right sort of soles on the shoes/boots. Similar to Utah's slickrock? I'd be looking to head to the left and drop down beyond the people further into the canyon. Glad you made it!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're right, Alan! It is grippy, so long as you don't hit an eroded spot where it's turned to sand.
These places are so deceptive.... as we've hiked here before, we knew that beyond to the left it became a sheer cliff of hundreds of feet! So it was here - or back from where we came! At least here, we had scrambled about on prior visits, and knew there to be very narrow - 2 to 4 inches - ridges that we could grip onto with feet and hands.
Paysage somptueux !!!
Merci elisabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's an excellent word for it, Claudine! Thank you!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Dec 2017, 08:01
I would feel very lonely in such a rockscape.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: One certainly can. Of course, for people like Frank and I, that is the appeal. The quiet and the solitude.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Dec 2017, 09:55
You could have phoned for a rescue chopper.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes.... IF one had cell service... which I likely did not! smile
A nylon might allow you to slide....lol
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Perhaps a little faster than desired! smile
You're not only very brave but both very fit as well. Frank no doubt finds this very different from, to quote the words most of us know, England's green and pleasant land, but of course you know that as well now don't you.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We are perfectly suited in so many ways - and one of them is our desire for, fitness for, and tolerance of, this kind of challenge and thrill!
Every landscape has a kind of beauty... and their own challenges- I nearly lost a shoe in a bog up in the Lakes, and Alan took us through some... shall I say... interesting ground on a hike through the Peak District! It was hard work... soft little mounds (just wide enough for my foot) of I don't know what (hundreds of years of sheep & cow poo?), with deep crevices in between. I watched carefully where Frank stepped, and tried to follow. Great fun!
Y'all are brave... great shots...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: ... or stupid! smile We really like this kind of thing! Thank you, Larry!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 26 Dec 2017, 20:49
Excellent PoV's captured here which give a grand scale here!! Beautiful light and colors as well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steven - it's so hard to show scale sometimes - so the little people happened around at the right time! smile
Ropes and abseiling sounds about right!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yeah, baby! smile

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