I’ve been anticipating the Solstice this year so that I could visit the Solstice Snake (aka Solar Snake or Hyper Viper) and watch the arrowhead appear on the snakes head. For about 2 minutes on the solstice a dagger of light shaped like an arrowhead appears on the head of this very large and well executed petroglyph of a snake. It was an amazing experience!
I received word from my friend Philippe this weekend that the Robidoux Panel in the Book Cliffs was broken when he visited it at the beginning of his Southwest trip recently, so I just had to go see it for myself. On my way home from Moab this afternoon I made the short detour and found that part of the panel had indeed broken off and fallen to the ground.
Below is a (not so good) photo of the same panel when I visited it on December 18, 2010 and it was all in one piece then.
Let me start out by saying: I hate making reservations in Canyonlands National Park! It’s why I haven’t been to The Maze yet (or the White Rim for that matter). Last year I finally decided I wanted to go to The Maze and actually made reservations, took the time off from work and planned the trip ahead of time. The trip is supposed to start on Saturday.
Things aren’t looking good, and I’m pretty upset about it!
Here’s an email I received from Canyonlands yesterday…
In the unfortunate event that federal employees are furloughed, the
national park system, including Canyonlands National Park, will be closed.
We wanted to provide advance notice that you may not be able to begin your
backcountry trip due to this closure. *If this closure prevents you from
using your current reservation, we will be glad to try and rebook your
reservation for a future date.
If you decide to cancel your reservation and you paid by credit card we
will refund your reservation fee back to your credit card.
If you paid by means other than credit card we will refund your reservation
fee once we are provided guidance on how to process these payments.
Canyonlands National Park Reservation Office
435-259-4351 M-F 8am-12:30pm MST
I have contacted the park, and apparently if they shut down, they will be kicking people out and making sure no one enters. Law Enforcement is considered ‘essential personnel’ and their only job during the government shutdown would be keeping people out of the parks.
Time to start making some backup plans…
After work I met Jackson at the Colorado National Monument so that we could try to get a photo of the moon coming up over Mount Garfield. Unfortunately, there were some low clouds right over Mount Garfield that prevented a shot right as it was rising over it, but I did manage to get these photos after the moon came up over the clouds.
The snow moon rising over Mount Garfield as the sun sets behind me.
Testing out my new 100-400 lens on the moon.
Earlier this year on our Arch Hunting the Dome Plateau Area trip, we stopped to check out Arrowhead Arch which is pictured below.
Earlier today I was made aware that this arch had collapsed sometime this year. After searching for more information, I found this page on the Natural Arch and Bridge Society’s website that confirmed the collapse and had a few photos of this arch over the years that shows it’s demise.
I’m just glad we got to see this arch before it collapsed!