Saturday, March 27, 2021

Hanging out at the campsite near Badger Canyon

Stayed around the campsite all day, wasn't feeling up to dealing with the crowds expected both at Lees Ferry and the Cathedral Wash area within.  At least, that's what the guy at the visitor center told me yesterday.

Hopefully, it'll be less crowded on Sunday, tomorrow.

Spent quite a bit of time shooting pictures of the canyon scenery a short-ish walk down from the plateau where the campsite is located.  The skies were clear and the sun was out in force, making things seem warmer than the mid-40s and low 50s of the morning.

As I shot pictures of the canyon, I happen to spot five boats across the river.  They'd apparently, their crews/passengers, spent the night down there.  Seems like a cool thing to do to me.

Badger Canyon, the campsite plateau is to the right

Very soon after I shot the above pic, I heard what sounded like distant thunder's rumbling noises.  Curious, I headed up a bit and was able to spot and somewhat capture the aftermath of a small rock fall!

This is the canyon angle with the Colorado River, that I shot several times during the morning/early afternoon; as I waited for the boaters to pack up and leave.

Can you see the boaters on the left bank, about the middle?

Using maximum optical zoom, about 720mm supposedly

Last shot with the sun overhead, around 1PM at this point

Pano of the Vermillion Cliffs

Some more boaters showed up and I watched them negotiate Badger Creek Falls:

Looks like this group will be setting up camp on this side of the
Colorado River, I'll try and remember to check on them tomorrow.

Had the whole campsite to myself most of the afternoon, as evening neared though, two separate car campers showed up and setup along the rim of the camping area.  Oh well.


SonjaM said...

I'd love to be with the boaters... great zoom, you can still spot all details.

redlegsrides said...

Indeed SonjaM, though I wonder how cold it got next to the water at night down in the canyon

CCjon said...

Agree with SonjaM, would love to take that rafting trip through the canyon with an overnight stay.

Nice scenic spot you are camped in, great colors.

redlegsrides said...

It's a very nice spot, The access road is a little rough at times but not bad, the VRRV negotiated at several times! Now in a campground near Page, Arizona as I wait for them to work on the samurai on Monday hopefully.

RichardM said...

Camping along the river would make a good trip. I haven’t done that sort of thing in a really long time…

redlegsrides said...

It looks like it could be a lot of fun and relaxing at the same time, RichardM.