Rainbow Bridge Wetherill Reunion

Harvey Leake led a backpacking trip to Rainbow Natural Bridge and beyond May 28th and 29th, 2010. Several family members met near the bridge for a short reunion and tour conducted by Harvey. Later, Harvey led a tour and overnight stay two miles beyond the bridge. The group took a trail traveled by John Wetherill in 1909 during the discovery of Rainbow Natural Bridge. Many stops were made to view items along the way that only Harvey knew of.
IMG 3866  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet. IMG 3538  Horseshoe bends on the Colorado River,near Page, Arizona.  1000 feet to the river from the overlook. IMG 3805  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet. IMG 3539  Horseshoe bends on the Colorado River,near Page, Arizona.  1000 feet to the river from the overlook.
IMG 3535  Marie Garcia Shaffner on the overlook at the Horseshoe bends on the Colorado River,near Page, Arizona.  1000 feet to the river from the overlook. IMG 3527  Horseshoe bends on the Colorado River,near Page, Arizona.  1000 feet to the river from the overlook. Marie Garcia Shaffner IMG 3534  Horseshoe bends on the Colorado River,near Page, Arizona.  1000 feet to the river from the overlook. IMG 3548  Lake Powell, Arizona
IMG 3557  Chuck Smith park ranger visits with Harvey Leake and Marie Garcia Shaffner who are preparing to hike about three quarters of a mile to Rainbow Bridge. IMG 3559  Captain Elaine the boat Captain that transported our group to the the bridge.  Harvey Leake and Marie Garcia Shaffner. IMG 3574  L -R- Terry Watson, Kathy Watson Johnson and Harvey Leake. IMG 3576  Harvey Leake, Kathy Watson Johnson,  Jessica Johnson, Marie Garcia Shaffner,  James Wetherill Shaffner, Keith Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Terry Watson.
IMG 3575  Jessica Johnson and a friend of Jessica's,  Jessica Hintze. IMG 3573  Our group below the Bridge. IMG 3592  Our group hiked underneath the bridge to see a plaque installed in the sandstone rock face in 1930 by John Wetherill.  It honors the Navajo guide that took the original 1909 expedition to Rainbow Natural Bridge. IMG 3606  Our group hiked underneath the bridge to see a plaque installed in the sandstone rock face in 1930 by John Wetherill.  It honors the Navajo guide that was with the original 1909 expedition to Rainbow Natural Bridge.
IMG 3599  A Wetherill reunion at Rainbow Bridge on Memorial Day. John Wetherill led the discovery trip here in 1909. L to R Harvey Leake, Terry Watson, Chris Fine, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Jim Shaffner, Kathy Watson Johnson, Keith Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Jessica Johnson IMG 3603  Harvey Leake stands below a plaque installed by John Wetherill in 1930 that honors the Piute, Nasjah Begay that was with the 1909 exploration group to Rainbow Bridge. (Nonnezoshi) IMG 3624  Harvey Leake, great grandson of John Wetherill below a 1909 John Wetherill  inscription.  The inscription is in a 1930's camp behind Rainbow Natural Bridge. john wetherill 1909  A 1909 John Wetherill  inscription. it's above a 1930's camp behind Rainbow Natural Bridge.
IMG 3640  The trail to our campsite two miles beyond the bridge. IMG 3641  The trail to our campsite two miles beyond the bridge. IMG 3644  The trail to our campsite two miles beyond the bridge.  Harvey Leake in the lead and Marie Garcia Shaffner follows. IMG 3645  The trail to our campsite two miles beyond the bridge.  Harvey Leake in the lead and Marie Garcia Shaffner.  There were 50 - 60 mph headwinds which made the hike very difficult.
IMG 3652  Our camp site after three hours of hiking and only traveled about two miles.  There were 50-60 mph winds blowing through the canyon. IMG 3653  A view just east of our campsite where the original expedition of discovery in 1909 arrived via the left fork of this trail. IMG 3657  A view of the cliff face above our campsite. IMG 3664  A view of the cliff face above our campsite.  Our tent is in the photo with Harvey seated next to it.
IMG 3667  A view of the cliff face above our campsite.  Our tent is in the photo with Harvey seated next to it. IMG 3668  Globe Mallow in full bloom.  It grows throughout the canyon. IMG 3680  A view of the cliff face above our campsite.  Harvey's tent is in the photo with Harvey standing next to it. IMG 3682  Sunset in the canyon two miles from the bridge.
IMG 3695 IMG 3702  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Harvey Leake headed down the return trail to Lake Powell. IMG 3700 IMG 3704  This pool was used as a swimming hole in the past.  The stream was to low this time of year for it to be filled with water.
IMG 3706  About midway to lake Powell the cliff's are still in the 500 foot range. IMG 3707  About midway to lake Powell the cliffs are still in the 500 foot range. IMG 3709 IMG 3711  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Harvey Leake check out The cliff face near the trail.
IMG 3715  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Harvey Leake check out a plant near the trail.  There is a hundred foot drop into the canyon below about 15 feet from this trail. IMG 3727  Marie Garcia Shaffner takes the lead back to the bridge and Lake Powell. IMG 3730  This small pond was full of tadpoles.  The frogs from these tadpoles make a very strange noise at night. IMG 3749  Harvey opens the gate exiting Navajo propery and gaining access to Rainbow Bridge National Monument property.
IMG 3750  Harvey opens the gate exiting Navajo propery and gaining access to Rainbow Bridge National Monument property. IMG 3756  Rainbow Natural Bridge is barely visible behind Harvey in a slot in the canyon walls. IMG 3778  Entering monument property. IMG 3779  Entering monument property.
IMG 3787  Yucca plants were in full bloom throughout the entire canyon. IMG 3791  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet IMG 3797  Harvey Leake and Marie Garcia Shaffner. IMG 3801  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet.
IMG 3798  Jim Shaffner and Harvey Leake. IMG 3814  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet. IMG 3815  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet. IMG 3816  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet.
IMG 3835  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet. IMG 3837  James Wetherill Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill. IMG 3838  James Wetherill Shaffner at the lower left of the photo. IMG 3898 copy  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet.  This photo was taken from the overhang where the 1909 John Wetherill inscription is located.
IMG 3893  Harvey Leake, great grandson of John Wetherill next to a 1909 John Wetherill  inscription behind Rainbow Natural Bridge. harvey dinosaur1  Harvey Leake pours water into the tracks of Dilophosaurus Wetherilli an early Jurassic period dinosaur.  This dinosaur was featured in the movie Jurassic Park as the poison spitting animal that hunted in packs. IMG 3830 copy  Harvey Leake near the tracks of Dilophosaurus Wetherilli an early Jurassic period dinosaur. IMG 3911  The floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell.
IMG 3913  The floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell. IMG 3932  The floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell. IMG 3928  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Harvey Leake on the floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell. IMG 3920  The floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell.
IMG 3918  Marie Garcia Shaffner on the floating ramp which exits Rainbow Natural Bridge into Lake Powell. marion lake powell  Rainbow Bridge Wetherill wedding and reunion in 1975.  Marietta Eaton was married to Mark Lee under Rainbow Bridge.  There was also a reunion at Marble Canyon.  Children of Richard Wetherill b. 1858.  L - R, Robert Wetherill, Richard Wetherill and Marion Wetherill Shaffner.  Their sister, Elizabeth Wetherill Watson did not attend.  They took the same boat back to the marina as the current group took on Memorial Day 2010. IMG 3571  Rainbow Natural Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah reaching a height of 290 feet, its red, sandstone arch spans 275 feet, with a thickness at the top of 42 feet