Lower Fish Canyon

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As I mentioned in the previous post, lower Fish Canyon was our destination for Day Two on Comb Wash Road. Lower and Upper Fish Canyon, along with Owl Canyon, have been on my radar for a while, and it was great to finally see a bit of the area. We didn’t make it quite as far up Fish Canyon as we hoped, due to a substantial detour up one of the picturesque side canyons. We followed another hiker’s footprints when we couldn’t find a good water crossing and missed the trail at one of the s curves in the main canyon. With the water running high and the vegetation fairly lush this time of year, the trail is often well camouflaged at the river’s edge. Of course, when we finally realized we were off course and returned, the path was perfectly obvious the second time around. Doh! It was still a great day though: nice weather, beautiful canyon and interesting cliff dwellings.

As I side note, I started reading House of Rain by Craig Childs during the trip. Previously I’ve read some papers and books by archaeologists on the Ancestral Puebloans, but those works were typical of academic writing – focused very tightly on a particular issue. I’ve been enjoying Childs’ writing which provides a more holistic perspective by combining place-based trip narratives with an overview of current research and oral histories of the Puebloan descendants.

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