We had no whitewater on Day 14 but grand scenery, as always.
Leaving Camp #13, upstream view, in Cañon Asconta
A massive quartzite stratum in a nearby mountainside
Vegetation on a rock hillock
Soft red sandstone, just as we see in Utah and Arizona
The town of Calemar, on river-right
A rocky hill across the river, with the massive Cerro Ladera Grande behind. At 11,614′, it rises 7,927′ above the river. The altitude of the river at Calemar is 3,687′.
A bridge is under construction at Calemar. Here, burros deliver cement to the riverside, to be ferried across on rafts.
A Rufescent Tiger-heron stands upon freshly bull-dozed cobble.
We turn a corner, the canyon narrows and we come upon these cliff-side springs
The valley of the Rio Chusgon, to the west
The Rio Chusgon enters on river-left
Vegetation on wall
The canyon narrowed again, with walls of folded limestone.
More folded limestone
And yet more folded limestone
Chicuaya, on river-right
Approaching the Rio Santa Maria, our lay-over camp location
A curved raft
Looking back upstream and to the east. A mango orchard on a knoll is irrigated by an acequia. A farmer burns a field on the canyonside. The peak is Cerro Chillen, 12,828′
Little blue heron
A straw hut, on river-left
A vertical limestone wall
More vertical limestone, opposite the mouth of the Rio Santa Maria, and a motorized boat
The lay-over camp (#14 and #15), under the mango trees. Pedro is sitting on a bag of fertilizer, Nate is at the table and Artie to the right. Burros raided the kitchen the first night, so we put up a rope barrier for the second night.
A lay-over means you stay at a camp for more than one night. For my part, I lay around for two days giving my feet a break. Others visited a village a little ways up the valley, and some of the villagers visited us. Zacarias caught fish in the creek with his hands, and made a soup, which was very tasty. Zacarias and I had bonded. We would kid around alot, using a little Spanish and a lot of gestures. He was very solicitous of my well-being. Here is the link the following post: