More pictures from the Bozeman Pow Wow.
I was lucky enough to be able to go over to the American Indian Council Pow Wow at the Fieldhouse at Montana State University on Sunday. I took a lot of pictures and here are a few.
On the way back we decided to take the scenic route, went south on 191, and then cut west on highway 95. The drive was a part of Utah I had never seen. You go across the Colorado River at the very start of Lake Powell, through the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Then you drive a little through Capital Reef National Park. Much of the drive was characterized by tall cliffs on either side as you are following various rivers as they cut their way through the the landscape.
The scenic route was our goodbye to the Southwestern landscape as approaching Salt Lake City the red and orange cliffs are replaced by urban sprawl and the snow-covered Wasatch Mountains. Our decision not to backtrack turned what was probably a 12 hour drive to Missoula into a 16 hour one.
The last day we were back on our bikes. We drove about 60 miles south of Moab into the Needles area of Canyonlands. I was amazed at how deserted the road was. I didn’t think roads like that existed in the United States. We probably saw four or so cars total in a span of many hours.
Upheaval Dome actually has a bit of an interesting geologic story. Scientists aren’t sure if it was created by a volcano or a meteorite strike.
Going back to Moab almost a month ago…..The second day there we headed over to Canyonlands National Park and did an 11 mile hike around this giant, exploded volcano looking feature called Upheaval Dome. The hike really ended up kicking our butts. We started around noon and didn’t get back to the car until 8 or so.