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  •  The confluence of the Little Colorado & Colorado (4+ / 0-)

    is an amazing sight, as your pictures show. Some friends and I hiked down to the Little Colorado from the reservation,  just upstream a mile or so from the confluence, and we were in for a beautiful surprise.

     The contrast between the blue-green water of the LC and the mud-red of the Colorado is without parallel---and the line that forms the junction seems almost as stationary as the rocks around it.

    Because we started downstream from the falls, headed toward the Colorado, we never saw the falls.

    We did find---and leave undisturbed---a Sipapu, decorated with eagle feathers.

    Thanks for the diary, as ever.

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    by willyr on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:15:01 PM PDT

    •  and so telling. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      your comments, willyr. The Colorado has more push than the LC and that's why the current of the main channel tends to make the contrast of two water colors. But when the monsoonal rains comes all the turquoise tincture (from travertine) is duly sacrificed for the heavy sedimentation in the LC's water. Hence, chocolate milk all the way through the gorge. Anyway, that is a spectacular merging of two rivers, as you mentioned. Chuar Butte, the big fellah across the river and overlooking the confluence. . .climbed that sucker once to see parts of the 1956 airplane wreckage (in the 1970s, early on, much of the crash pieces remained). Kind of interesting, kind of morbid, and one hellava hoof up there.  As for the Sipapuni, also called this, I hear it's sometimes okay to visit the site, sometimes not. I hiked out the Beamer Trail years ago, thru the gorge, and spent some time there (never at the nearby salt mines. . .which is a big no-no). I pretty much steer clear of the sipapu in recent years, mainly out of respect for the Hopis. Eagle feathers I never saw, nor any feathers. Some crude so and so, however, did leave a tuna can (empty), which I added to my pack, as trash. Didn't think it was archeological, you know?

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      by richholtzin on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:57:04 PM PDT

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