Image of the Day: Spider Rock by John English
August 22, 2015
IMAGE OF THE DAY
PHOTOGRAPH: JOHN ENGLISH
Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon de “Shay”) was named after the spider lady that taught the Navajo how to weave their baskets, blankets, etc. Navajo legend says Spider Woman lives on top of Spider Rock, an 800-foot sandstone spire that rises from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.
The day after this photograph was taken I went into the canyon with a Navajo guide. We forded a small stream of water as we went deeper into the canyon but as we returned we found it had flooded behind us. We were now faced with a torrential river of water and unable to pass.
The only options were to spend the night and wait for the water to recede or go back to a trail a mile and a half long with eight switchbacks and two tunnels up the 800-foot canyon wall. We hiked out feeling like pack-mules but it was worth the adventure.Chinle, Arizona.
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