Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 3

It rained through the night and we woke to overcast skies and the forecast of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day. The weather forced us to call off our planned tour of Monument Valley. Instead we took Nancy on a tour of Mexican Hat, the Goosenecks of the San Juan, the 10% grade up the mountain on Utah Highway 161 and the Valley of the Gods.

Mexican Hat

We had a little excitement climbing up Utah 161. The road up the mountain is dirt and a motorcycle rider in front of us slowed so much due to the steep grade lost his balanced and the bike hell over on him. He was pinned by the heavy bike. We helped lift the bike off of him. No damage to him or the bike and he was able to continue on.

The Goosenecks of the San Juan River is one on the most entrenched river meander in North America and represents over 300 million years of geological history of the earth. Even today the San Juan is continuing to deepen the gorge.

Rafters working their way through the

Goosenecks of the San Juan.

Highway 261 - 10% Plus Grade & Sharpe Switchbacks

Valley of the Gods

Traveling through the Valley of the Gods

Hopefully the weather will clear enough tomorrow so we can tour Monument Valley.

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