Posilam fotky z 1. jarniho velecundru v JV-UT. Divejte se na vse prec celou obrazovku a projdete si i odkazy nize. Ja jsem si uzil tyden ticha v divocine. Tam se vzdy citim blizko Bohu.
Posledni tri dny jsem byl ve strzi Slaneho potoka (Canyonlands N.P. na J od Moabu pod Arches) a nepotkal ani zivacka, krome pumy. Usel jsem 50 km s 30 kg krosnou a k tomu 2X 500 m prevyseni.
Konecne jsem se dostal a dosel k oblouku Andel (50X50m) v naproste divocine ~20 km od auta z obou stran - po, ci proti proudu, ja to delal po proudu. Sestup je z 2100 mnm do 1500/1600 mnm. Prestoze jsem byl 6 dni vice mene hluboko v zazemi, najel jsem 1500 km...
Posilam par map, kde jsem byl; pomuze vam to v orientaci na google mapach. Pro kolegy geology 'no problem'.
Udelejte si cas a otevrete si Google mapy/UT a klikejte na JV-UT a najdete si JV cip Canyonlands a proklikejte si satelitovou/Google Earth mapu (asi tak 50% zvetseni na skale) a najdete si Beef Basin Road a Cathedral Butte, kde zacina sestup do strze Salt Creek, pri vetsim zvetseni je videt i 30-50 cm siroka stezka. Hybejte mapou na S az najdete 'Angel Arch', je znaceny, ale blbe. Pokud umite dobre cist relief, vrchol bezoveho oblouku je na utesu vlevo od znacky a je videt jeho stin! To je parada. Takhle uvidite tu streku, kde jsem byl zeshora.
V patek vecer mi Pan Buh zachranil zivot, kdyz jsem za tmy vrazil 96 km rychlosti do kravy na tzv. "open range", "in middle of nowhere" v JV-UT asi 50 km na S od reky Kolorado. Vbehly mi ze strany do cesty dve, ta druha byla 30 cm od prave strany auta. Slo o zlomek vteriny, protoze jsem ji vlitl do zadku; pokud bych do 600 kg masa vlitl z boku, uz bych asi urcite sedel na Vecnych lovistich. Nastesti jsem tech 400 km domu jeste dojel. Opravu musim platit sam, ~3000$, takze budu opet chudy, ale nazivu. Je ohnute i sasi a promackle dvere. Navzdory vydani za opravu je tohle hlavnim bodem meho dobrodruzstvi. Je videt, ze muj cas jeste nevyprsel.
Taky cvicte anglinu a prectete si muj podrobny popis v angline.
Mejte se krasne,
I've had grand time in S-UT the 1st week in May.
The 1st three day, I spent about 60 miles S from Green River town on a long & dusty & bumpy County Rd & then about 5 mile on a 4X4 two-track towards the incredibly sinuous meanders of the Green River. The 2nd & 3rd day, there was no one there. I scrambled along the cliffs all the way to the overlook on a 1100' high overhanging cliff. The power of erosion around there is awesome. The dry side canyons are deep & miles long; one'd need wings.
On the way into the Salt Creek from the Cathedral Butte at ~ 7000' altitude, I descended over 1000' vertical & hiked 8+ miles w/ a 50+ lbs pack w/ temps around 55 dgr & a gentle N breeze; puurrfect. After about 6 mile in, I ran into a cougar, we faced each other 30' apart for about 10 minutes. She wasn't too happy to see me. She was the only living critter I saw in 3 days; no humans. The 1st night it was ~ 15 dgr, next day around 75, 2nd night ~ 35 & on the way out the 3rd day ~ 85 dgr. All 3 days just sunny, clear weather. The 2nd day, I hiked ~ 14 miles to the gorgeous Angel Arch (150X150 feet, it's but 10-30 feet thick!) & back w/ a 30 lbs pack. I took warm clothing & extra food just in case.
I spent ~ 3 h by the arch & scrambled up the rocky wall on the opposite side of the steep wash in order to be at eye level w/ this magnificent wonder of erosion the Lord - in His good pleasure - has created out of dirt for our enjoyment. It was awesome to listen to the silence & my own heartbeat. The icing on the cake for me, as you know, are the whisperings, guidance & protection of the Spirit.
The SE corner of Canyonlands (S edge of the Needles) is very remote & controlled by rangers once a day by a small plane; of course, no cell phone coverage.
Not bad for 'an ol' mntn goat' 60+ to hike ~30 miles in 3 days w/ a heavy pack. However, I was pooped every day but beaming 'wall to wall'. And I recover quickly.
However, FR late pm, I didn't want to go back through Moab being so far S already. I went down to Blanding & onto Hwy 95 (Bicentennial) towards Hite Crossing & Hanksville. In 100 mile, I met about 3 cars. When I crossed the Colorado, it was getting dark. I didn't want to sleep in the badlands around H-ville & turned SW on the tiny & remote Hwy 276 towards the Bullfrog Marina & the S-tip of Capitol Reef N.P. called the Water pocket Fold. I planed to do hiking around the Escalante River below Hwy 12 in the stunning Neon Canyon.
Just about 7 miles on it, middle of nowhere, two black cows ran in front of me from the right side. It was a matter of a split second. Luckily for me, I hit but the butt of the one on the left. The SUV didn't even swerve, the airbag stayed put & most of all, I was able to drive the 300+ miles back home.
The damage is ~ three grand; the door has a deep dent & the frame is bent (see arrows). Ouch! However, I value my life a bit more than that. I thanked the Lord on the spot for sparing my life.
This incident changed my attitude. I am severing any & all ties to toxic people (Jeannine, et al), whether family, friends, acquaintances, etc. & cherishing the more true blue friends such as you guys.
Enjoy the shots. I am going to make a slide show this weekend & pass it on.
Btw, SE-UT is the most remote & inaccessible corner of the lower 48.
Take a few minutes from your busy schedule & enjoy a relaxing time over the wonders of UT.
http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=707103 (nice, click-able photos)
http://canyoneeringusa.com/utah/esca/neon.htm (wanted to do on SA)
Robert J. S., Vox Humana
"Rather free in want than rich in servitude."