The Road North

We began our trip in the north-western part of Arizona. We had set out to reach the Grand Canyon in an effort to rappel over the rim and raft down the lower portion of the river. But it was not to be.


We had almost a hundred miles of dirt roads and off-roading to reach the rim where we would descend to the Colorado River. At first the road was easy but as we got closer to our destination temperatures dropped and deep snows hindered our progress. Finally just 15 miles from the edge huge snow drifts halted our progress and we were forced to turn back.

We passed over muddy roads and through a ghost town marked with warnings of a hantavirus contamination. The journey took a couple of days, and at night temperatures dropped precipitately. Each morning we woke up with a layer of frost coating the exterior of our car and our sleeping bags.

On the way we passed a herd of horses. We stopped for a closer look and they cantered over to get a look at us, and a taste. While we walked amongst them, they chewed our car's steering wheel, side mirrors, and hood, leaving dents and scrapes in the paint.

We could see the lights of a nearby town and hear noise from the highway as we emptied the last jerry can of gasoline into the vehicle.



See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning