Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cliff Dwellings near Marble Canyon, Arizona

On our way from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to Lake Powell, there is a beautiful stretch of road that runs along Route 89A past the Vermilion Cliffs which are part of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau.  
This was a spectacular road to ride. Just past the Marble Canyon and Lee's Ferry, we stumbled upon these Cliff Dwellings.  At first, we thought this was an ancient Native American site.  We soon learned from information at the site that these dwellings were actually constructed in the 1920.  The original homesteaders got the name "Cliff Dwellers" because of their proximity to the Vermilion Cliffs. Regardless of their origin, this is a unique and very interesting stop on the way.  There were a few Native Americans  there who set up tables to sell some locally made crafts.  It is truly a site to see and we are glad we took the time to stop and explore there.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Motorcycle Ramps do the trick

These photos depict us loading and preparing for our trip to the Grand Canyon. We had decided to use our Ford F250 truck to get there intially in order to carry our additional items and to avoid possible adverse weather conditions particulary in the Rocky Mountains and on the great plains. This turned out to be a good decision since we wittnessed snow in the Rockies and Tornado warnings in Nebraska. Once arriving in Moab UT we unloaded our motorcycle and left our truck to begin a week full of adventure and awesome riding. We rode 1,200 miles on our Harley-Davidson through the various canyons and scenic byways from the Canyon Lands in Utah to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunset on the Colorado River - Moab, Utah

Here are a couple of photos we took as we cruised down the Colorado River on a jet boat tour at sunset. The temperature was near perfect when we left at approximately 7:30 pm. It was the longest day of the year so the sunset was around 8:45 pm. Once the sun began to set, the temperature dropped dramatically on the river and in the canyon. The camera could not truly capture the panoramic beauty and vibrance of the colors,.however this is an example of what we did experience.