Saturday morning – Before Toadstools

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.

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All I know is they knocked it off after I started taking pictures.

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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.

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Fortunately, the weather would improve.

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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!

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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.

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Why the orange barrel, you ask?  Evidently someone started making the next right-hand turn a tad early and had an oops.

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Maybe they were distracted by the scenery.

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It would be behind these formations that I found the “Toadstools” (yesterday’s post).