Monday, December 31, 2018

Pepsi Bottle Canyon


O.K., this canyon in Moab, Utah isn't really named after a Pepsi bottle. (I'll get to the carbonated beverage later) The official name is Negro Bill Canyon - now you know why I re-named it. Here's the scoop from hikespeak: P.S. I vote for Granstaff Canyon too.

Why is it called Negro Bill Canyon? William Granstaff settles in Moab in 1877, becoming the first non-Caucasian pioneer to do so. He had success ranching in the area that now bears his name. William Granstaff Campground adjacent to the trailhead inherited his given name, while Negro Bill Canyon took a more colorful title. If they ever decide to change the name, Granstaff Canyon has a nice ring to it.



Granstaff Canyon is nestled beside the Colorado River. You'll find Red Rock cliffs dripping with desert varnish, meandering along a creek, leading to a natural bridge. It was delightful.





Flora, fauna and critters...








Morning Glory bridge.



A bottle!


Do you see it now?

This was one of my favorite trails in Moab. As always, we did it early in the morning to prevent being baked alive. Still, it was hot. It felt refreshing to walk in the cold stream on the return hike. A new perspective too. Traveling always gives you a new outlook. I can't wait to find new trails in 2019. I hope you'll follow my footsteps! 

Happy New Year!

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11 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

lovely shots - Happy New Year!

KB said...

Oh wow, I do see the bottle. Is that your cute dog?

DJan said...

I love all the animal pictures, and then... the bottle is so clearly a bottle who could argue with that? Thanks for the great tour with you, Sharon. I wish you the best year ever! :-)

betty-NZ said...

Love the scenery. The bottle is pretty cool! Thanks for linking up to My Corner of the World! I hope your new year brings wonderful things :)

Handmade in Israel said...

I saw it! Love the photos of the critters too! Looks like a wonderful place to hike.

EricaSta said...

Never heard before of this canyon. Interesting! Wish you a very good New Year.

Peabea Scribbles said...

You got some lovely captures. Great shot of the insect in the lizard?? mouth.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I kinda like Pepsi Bottle Canyon. Or perhaps Soda Bottle Canyon. Whatever, some awesome photos of an incredible area. Your dogs must have been in Heaven!! Happy New Year!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful shots, I love all the wildlife and backstory on the name and of course the bottle. Great post!!

Linda Hensley said...

Happy New Year to you too! Wishing you many happy travels and beautiful photos in the year to come :)

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