You are about to join me on a trip, on foot, across a remote part of the Navaho Nation in northern Arizona. This Sierra Club Outing took place in April of 1999.

After driving for several hours out of Page, AZ, we descended an atrocious unpaved road, crossed Navaho Creek and found ourselves at the end of the line for most of the Navaho who inhabit this steep canyon.

That's where we began our journey. Occasionally catching sight of Lake Powell or Navaho Mountain, we crossed the high convoluted region known as the Rainbow Plateau, drinking rainwater from potholes and packing all our food on our backs. Seven days later, what had seemed like the remotest homestead on earth, now felt like high civilization. Let's go.