Toroweap is an area on the north side of the Colorado River on the western end of Grand Canyon National Park. It is unique in that the landscape is dominated by volcanic features set against the sedimentary backdrop of much of the rest of the Canyon. It is an area of lava flows, cinder cones, and incredible views of the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon. It is far off the beaten track and this blog will detail the area and the time that I spend there.
I saw 3 scorpions the day I took this picture and was getting a little concerned. That evening I shook out my shoes and my bed very well before using. I haven't seen another one since so my concern was probably too much, although I still look carefully where I put my hands.
While reading one evening last week this Kangaroo rat moved through my camp. It was not too concerned about my presence so I managed to get this one picture. I believe it is a Merriam's Kangaroo Rat. If someone has another idea about the identification, let me know.
The pictures attached show the potholes in the rock surface on which I'm living. It's called the Esplanade and it erodes into many shapes that hold water. There are many life forms supported by this summer water including the life shown in these pictures. There are 2 shrimp species shown and toad polliwogs. The larger of the 2 shrimp species is about and inch long and the other about the same but much less bulky. All of these animals hatch, grow, reproduce, and lay eggs that resist the dry and hot environment until the next wet period.
We visited this rock art site several days ago and these pictures represent only a small part of the petroglyphs present. The art work stretches for several hundred feet along the basalt cliff and talus field. I read it is thought to be on the route that the Anasazi and there predecessors used to access the Grand Canyon.