USA Roadtrip – Walnut Canyon

On se gare sans savoir trop ce que la journée reserve. On a lu le descriptif bien sûr. On passe par le Visitor Center, par habitude, pour prendre la carte du parcours, discuter avec les rangers. On sort sur la terrasse, d’où commence la randonnée. Vue plongeante sur la gorge. Sur le coup, on ne trouve pas les mots. Regardez-bien les photos. Voyez les strates dessinées dans la roche? Celles-ci abritent des habitations, aujourd’hui ressemblant plus à des caves mais à l’epoque fermées par des murs de pierre. Les unes à côté des autres, un très fort esprit de communauté, d’autant plus que l’eau était rare. Un peu l’ancêtre des immeubles finalement, puisque l’on pouvait trouver plusieurs étages superposés. Remarquable.I parked not really knowing what to expect. I had read the description but it did not project any picture in my mind. On autopilot, I stopped at the Visitor Centre to get a map, talk to the rangers. But stepping on the terrace where the trail starts, I was suddenly lost for words. What a view! Look at the layers in the rock. They are lined with shelters dug in the rock, now looking like caves but at the time closed with proper walls. Almost a building with flats! Imagine the life there, perched on the rim, water depending on rain and a few creeks way down. You can see soot on the walls where fires were lit, although it is not clear whether they were from the Indian tribes or from later archaeologists trying to recreate the condition. Still adds to the remarkable atmosphere.

Walnut Canyon

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