Friday, June 19, 2009
Just below Buck Farm the river takes a very long meandering loop east around Point Hansborough, cutting through a beautiful section of gray Muav Limestone (with the redwall towering above it). The easternmost bend of the river (at President Harding Rapid) is at Eminence Break, where faulting has broken the continuity of the big cliff-forming units enough to allow some semblance of a trail from one rim to the other.
Just above the bend, and way above the river, you can see a wooden footbridge across a cleft in the cliff face - attributed to the Anasazi and if so, an amazing testament both to how long wood lasts in this dry environment and to the surefootedness and tenacity of the canyon's early human inhabitants! (Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the Eminence Break area).