We would go through a small rapid half a mile after leaving the campsite then float in calm waters for three miles before stopping at Matkatamiba (aka Matkat) Canyon for a hike.
Matkat is a slot canyon that provides unique challenges the further you proceed. Matt was concerned about the weather. It looked like it could rain and he didn't want us to get caught in a flash flood , so we would only go a little ways into the canyon.
At the third (or fourth ?) level the canyon makes another turn...
to some slippery steps up to the next level...
At this point, DJ and I decided not to go any further. Matt said they weren't going to go too far (as it turned out they were only gone 5 minutes and the entire hike lasted a little over 20 minutes). Anyway, I wanted to take some pictures!
So I turned around and went back the way we had come.
An optical illusion? With the twists and turns it's hard to tell where it really goes.
Justin is moving on down the river.
We still had 17 miles to go and a few more rapids to run.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~If you're curious, like I was, about what we missed out on because the hike was cut short, just Google "Matkatamiba Canyon" and see for yourself!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Note: The page Grand Canyon Raft Trip lists all of my posts published about this Grand Adventure!
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 11 - Part 1 :: Mile 145 to Matkatamiba Canyon," Kinexxions, posted November 8, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-11-part-1-mile-145-to-matkatamiba.html : accessed [access date])