Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Colorado River, Cliff, and My Navigator

I have a story for you today. This is the view right in front of Lee's Ferry Lodge where we stayed during our photography tour.

You can see the Vermillion Cliffs and the long canyon to the right that leads a steep cliff and the Colorado River.

There is about a two mile drive off road that leads to the edge of the cliff where our photo group took sunset shots the night before. We could look down at the mighty Colorado River and see the glow of the rocks and the last bit of daylight.

On the drive back, our group went last and it was pitch dark. When driving back to the lodge, my Navigator went over a piece of shale and it cut right through my front and back tires so I had two flat tires instantly and we were in the middle of nowhere. We turned on our hazard lights and luckily had a cell phone to call back to the lodge so someone could come and get us.

If you enlarge the photo, you can see a little glint of metal in the upper left part of the above photo. That is my Lincoln Navigator.

It was quite the experience to get the car towed off the dirt road and get four new tires so I could drive the 5 hours back to my house. Very expensive weekend, but most interesting especially finding someone who know someone who could find a guy to meet me in a parking lot on a Sunday afternoon to put on four tires. Yes it all worked and when I was paying the person he gave me visitor information and thanked me for coming to Page, Arizona. A nice human slice of Americana.

14 comments:

Kcalpesh said...

Hmm interesting and a difficult weekend but good to hear you'll were back safely!

- Pixellicious Photos

B SQUARED said...

There really are some nice people left. Once again, a wonderful series.

brattcat said...

Wow. The enormity of this really hit me when I found the glint that was your Navigator.

Gaelyn said...

Bummer about the tires. Is a hazard to drive off road. Yet the Vermillion and Echo Cliffs in that area along with Marble Canyon are an enriching sight. Am looking forward to more of your AZ adventures.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This story reminds of the scene from the movie Vacation where CHevy Chase has car trouble in he Arizona desert near the Grand Canyon. He asks a very rustic character how much it will cost to fix his car. The response was "How much you got?"

littlelondonobservationist said...

Interesting.

Makes me miss the wide open spaces of America...

Jarart said...

I'm glad you pointed out the car because it shows the great expanse of land in the photo and how remote it is. You were lucky to get the tires! That's one of those stories that you can laugh about later.

Sharon said...

I love this story! One might think you had a spot of bad luck but really you had some good luck.

Lois said...

What an adventure Julie! I'm glad everything turned out OK for you and your Navigator!

Don and Krise said...

This was a trip you will never forget, for number of reasons. It seems the best stories, the ones you keep ingrained have an unfortunate twist in there somewhere. I'm sorry it was such an expensive trip for you, but I'll bet you wouldn't trade it for the world. Thanks for taking us along Julie.

~Cheryl said...

I would never have guessed that little speck was a vehicle! I kept looking for a bigger speck. People really can be wonderful, and you are wonderful for sharing your marvelous adventures with us!

Thérèse said...

A great human story!

Mirela said...

That must have been scary! Glad to hear it all went well and you managed to find a helpful hand!

Marie-Noyale said...

I am smiling reading this but it must not have been so funny while you waited!!

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