> My husband and and I took a ten day trip to Utah, canoeing and tenting and examining rock art on the Green River in Utah. We were joined by two archeologists and a wonderful twenty year old boy who paddled alone in his canoe and carried extra gear including the state-mandated portable toilet.
> We traveled far from all civilization for five days. We had to do lots of paddling because this river (which was brown rather than green) is very slow and the water level was low.
> It is always as moving experience to be immersed in nature, surrounded by red cliffs, moving water and the mostly cobalt skies above, with no signs of mankind – except for rock art that’s hundreds of years old. Some petroglyphs were even from BC times. How mesmerizing to see them and wonder who pecked those images and why? The red rock formations lined the river the whole way and we had one eureka moment after the other, as you can see. We enjoyed differing vistas around each bend with changing light throughout the day. It was an endless gift of which we never tired.
Ursula Moeller September 2012
“Desert varnish” paints the sandstone walls
Cliff swallow mud nests high up on the cliff walls lining the river banks
What a beautiful journey, Miriam, in both word and photo. I felt like I was there. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty. Have you read “Raven’s Exile: A Season on the Green River” by Ellen Melloy? A wonderful book.