Before I get to Saturday morning’s activities I forgot to post two pictures I had taken the morning before on my way to the Grand Canyon North Rim.
Not exactly sure what is going on here. As I was driving down the road I noticed these four birds just standing there with their winds extended. At first I thought they were just air-drying their wings, but upon further review I think perhaps these were four males showing off to attract the lone female.
All I know is they knocked it off after I started taking pictures.
When I left Kanab Saturday morning for a big scenic drive to the east, the weather looked pretty dismal. Lots of rain had moved through overnight and the cloud deck was still very low.
Fortunately, the weather would improve.
I saw a Historic Marker sign and was intrigued by what it said. When I stopped to read the actual marker I was interested to learn that a short drive away sits the ghost town of Pahreah, near the Paria River (not sure why the different spellings). The ghost town is often used as a movie set when filming westerns and such. The sign next to the dirt road warned that driving on it should not be attempted when the road is wet. I would have liked to have seen the little town but it had rained a good bit overnight so I didn’t chance it. I’d like to get back to Durham without having to call AAA again!
I drove about 10 miles or so further east over nice, but nondescript terrain. Then I went through a series of turns which dropped me a fair amount in elevation. The scenery on that portion of the road, as well as what followed, was more dramatic.
Why the orange barrel, you ask? Evidently someone started making the next right-hand turn a tad early and had an oops.
Maybe they were distracted by the scenery.
It would be behind these formations that I found the “Toadstools” (yesterday’s post).