Goosenecks

image State Park

It’s not quite 1:30 when we arrive at the edge of solitude and beauty.

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With our senior discount we pay $5 to stay overnight in a primitive campground with amazing views. We pull into a “deluxe site” complete with a table, fire pit, and garbage can.

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We’re parked on the rim of an extraordinary canyon.

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One thousand feet below is one of the most spectacular geological wonders.

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The river we see below is the San Juan River originating in Colorado from the mountains with the same name. (plaque at State Park)

It loops about for 6 miles yet only advances 1.5 miles west on its journey to Lake Powell, 35 miles away.

The entrenched river meander below has a name that comes as no surprise. Geologists call it a gooseneck, hence the name for this State Park in the middle of nowhere. (stateparks.utah.gov and americansouthwest.net)

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Several millions of years ago the San Juan River flowed through here on a flat plain, much like today’s Mississippi River. Slowly, the uplifting of the Colorado Plateau started entrenching the river downward as it cut through the rising canyons. (plaque at State Park)

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These canyon walls are composed of shale and limestone over 300 million years old. (visitutah.com)

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Notice the ant-sized vehicles in the enlarged image of the same picture below. Our RV is among them.

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After we are situated, settled, and “scenic-viewed”, I capture the landscape of the park around us.

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Home-made fire pits…

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A zen-like stone labyrinth…

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Other campers and rock formations in the distance…

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And my favorite… I call this rock formation, “Oz”.

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One last picture (or 2) of the sinuous river meandering right below us…

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After sitting around a campfire outside of our RV, I snap a pic at sunset with “Oz” in the background (and “Rabbit Ears” to its right)… And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!

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