Sunday, September 6, 2015 : Natural Bridges, Goosenecks


After a hiatus of several days due to a less than reliable network connection, and later no connection at all, we resume our regular blog updates.

 

Today, we visit Natural Bridges National Monument, a small park that can be discovered in a few hours. Except that those hours can be quite challenging : the three natural bridges are all within a canyon, and anyone getting down the canyon must come up. But the view is worth the effort.

 

Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

 

The picture shows Owachomo, the most accessible of the three bridges.

 

Later, in another article, I will explain the difference between an arch and a bridge (it is precise), and also the difference between a National Monument and a National Park (it is bureaucratic).

 

After Natural Bridges, we intended to cross the Valley of Gods, a sacred site for the local Native populations. But the sorry state of the unpaved road quickly makes me change my mind. This site is really a must-see ... with an adequate vehicle, such as a 4x4, not with a rental Camaro !


Goosenecks State Park

Goosenecks State Park

 

Close by is Goosenecks State Park, which shows 4 or 5 bends of the San Juan river in a row. It requires an ultra-wide-angle objective to show the width of this site on a single picture, which becomes frustrating for the photographer. The site is nevertheless impressive and superb.

 

Then we hit the road again, passing thru Mexican Hat (its curious balanced rock is still here) and Monument Valley, already visited 5 years ago, and arrive in Page, AZ.