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cewillis

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Posted: 07/04/09 04:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I took a little trip to some remote areas on the Grand Canyon north rim. But first, I remembered that that other guy took a 20 mile, one way hike to get to the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. I thought there must be a better (shorter) way to get there, so I set out to find it.

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Humm - this is the Little Colorado, but where's the water??

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Heading in the right direction now.

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Uh-oh, what happened to the road?

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This is the place, and the camper's still with me. Good job Outfitter -- and Torklift.

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There's the Colorado.

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There's the Little Colorado.

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And there is the confluence. I'm 'only' 3000 feet away.
The 'Walter Powell route' down (and back!) is supposed to be here somewhere. But not wanting to pioneer the Cal Willis high speed descent route ---

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This is as close as I get for now. Whazoo is king of the confluence!

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GMC / Outfitter. Motto: they will take you to the edge!

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Wondrous apparition provided by magician.
Doo, doo, doo, lookin' out my back door.
CCR. 1970

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Enjoying the view.

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This is a mystery spot. You’ll have to get the location from the person who gave it to me.

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Looks like a female Bighorn skull, doesn’t it?

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Dinner time.

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Next stop is Marble View Point, described by ‘Arizona Highways’ as ‘The Best Campsite in Arizona’.

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It is pretty up here at almost 9000 feet. Also cool and windy.

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Road to the next destination. The road has a lot of washboards (nothing new there), but it's no worse than many others -- until the talc pit at 5 miles from the end, and the rock steps from there on.
'talc pit' - very dry dirt, ground to the approximate consistency of talcum powder, more than a foot deep, and more than 100 yards long. (a few go arounds in use)

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Toroweap.

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2500 feet – straight down.

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Tuweap campground near Toroweap.
Who else has had a TC here? A hardside TC?

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A likely looking side road off of 89, between Kanab and Page.
Not a rough road by Arizona standards. Maybe by Utah standards, I don't know ---

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Looks like a good place to stop.

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Jabba, the Rock, and junior.

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Dinner time, again.


Several more pictures are here .
Thanks for looking.

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Posted: 07/04/09 04:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice photos, Cal. Looks like your Outfitter is getting a workout! [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/04/09 06:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The vino that close to the edge could make for a bad combination...A Great photo essay!!

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Posted: 07/04/09 06:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Incredible! You should submit a couple of those photos with the TC in them to Truck Camper Magazine for the yearly photo contest. Thanks for sharing.

Joe


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Posted: 07/04/09 04:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cal you dog....

I see the lack of roads to Cape Solitude didn't slow you down a bit - I'll bet those contour lines looked a bit steeper in person once you got there! [emoticon] Did you run into any Navajos out there, and if so did they ask what you were up to?

I went to Toroweap back in the late 90's with my old hardside TC - took a side trip up near Mt. Trumbull and nearly slid off the road during a thunderstorm - that clay sure gets greasy when wet.

Nice looking trip - great pics and verrrry mysterious locales - thanks for sharing!

Seldom

I can't see all the pictures - my problem?

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Posted: 07/04/09 05:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

seldomseensmith wrote:

Cal you dog....
Did you run into any Navajos out there, and if so did they ask what you were up to?

Not a single person more than a mile from the highway --

seldomseensmith wrote:


that clay sure gets greasy when wet.

I can easily imagine!
seldomseensmith wrote:


I can't see all the pictures - my problem?

No -- I made a (possibly) incorrect assumption that I could produce the post in an external editor, then post all at once. I still think that should work, but I must have messed it up -- then had to hurriedly correct things.
I think there are all working now -- ?

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Posted: 07/05/09 02:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful landscapes ! Thanks for sharing .


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Great trip! We love the desert, and have traveled there more than any other area. You had some good weather; the ever present haze was not bad.
Your photos make me envious.

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Posted: 07/04/09 07:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pictures! [emoticon]

I soooo miss Arizona...


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Posted: 07/04/09 07:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HOLY COW CAL, I've been scooped! Excellent pictures and descriptive writing...Jabba the Rock for sure. I'm a bit green at the moment, with envy. What were the temps like day and night? Dying to go camping and now even more. You sure know how to hurt a guy LOL.
Glad it was fun and well deserved for sure. Think we'll call it "Cal's Point" on google earth or something. Now I get to follow your footsteps, er, tire treads.

See Ya Cal,
Dave





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