10/03/17 Tuesday Traveling to Cortez, CO
On our way to Cortez, we went through a portion of the Glen Canyon NRA. John Wesley Powell undertook the first scientific exploration of the Colorado River, barely surviving the rapids at Cataract Canyon, to come out at Dirty Devil River.
Glen Powell NRA
About halfway to Cortez, we got to see Natural Bridges NM, formed way back in 1908 by President Teddy Roosevelt. You know that arches are formed by the work of water at the lower part of a rock formation. Bridges are formed by FLOWING water at that lower part.
“Where a canyon stream meanders there is often only a thin neck of rock separating the flow. The stream may undercut the barrier, while moisture and frost cause layers above to fall off until an opening forms…If the stream clears the debris, it may abandon its former channel, flowing instead through the opening. It then becomes a bridge.”
“Sipapu Bridge”, one of the largest natural bridges
This was quite the adventurous trail, yet very doable.
This was quite the adventurous trail, yet very doable. Can you find me?
“Kachina Bridge”, still being formed (middle aged)
Our pose near the Kachina Bridge
“Owachomo Bridge” no longer straddles all the streams that formed it, so it LOOKS like an arch
Another little hike led to ancient living structures at “Horsecollar Ruin”
That same little hike led to other ancient living structures at “Horsecollar Ruin”, from different Indian cultures.
Finally made our way to our motel in Cortez, a real fancy Hampton Inn. So spacious and comfortable. We then bought some groceries, made supper, hit the hot tub, then showers, then melted into bed!