The road is fraught with danger for the wilderness landscape photographer. I’d tried but twice before at other photo locations was forced to turn back because if inclement weather.
This time I chose to use the wet monsoons to my advantage… this time I’d try for White Pocket. The dampness had packed down the soft sand. Finally, I’d be able to navigate the long complex maze of sandy roads to get there!
I drove down from from hwy 89 on House Rock Valley Road. Little did I know it was closed at the Buckskin Gulch trail head. My ignorance paid off. I got through by crossing up steam on the flooded part.
The drive off House Rock Valley Road to White Pocket is not for the family car. High clearance 4-WD is needed. My problem is I’m not quite as high clearance as is needed. I got stuck in sand and had to dig out twice. Once on the way in and once on the way out.
Even with GPS it is easy to get lost. I made wrong turns twice but found my way back on course again.
A rock formation is sometimes called a ‘pocket’ because it has depressions in the stone where water gathers into pools when it rains. They get the name from cattle ranchers who use them as natural cattle troughs.
The pockets are usually bone dry. The idea of going there after monsoon rains, though, is to take pictures of reflections in the pools.
It was worth the effort!