"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bryce/Red Canyon

 

After three days enjoying the area around Capitol Reef, we moved on.  Our next destination was Red Canyon.

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Red Canyon is an area about fifteen miles West of Bryce Canyon NP that is administered by the National Forest Service.  There is a nice campground there as well as a modern visitor center.  The sights there rank with Bryce in my opinion.  These shots were taken doing a couple of hiking trails in Red Canyon.  Eye candy.  For more information you can read the blog from this time of year in 2011 and 2014

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Camel?

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Another day we took a bus up to Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon NP.  The highest point on the southern end of Bryce Canyon.  Views for over a hundred miles. All the following pictures were taken on that tour.

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This guy seemed to make every stop we did.  Looking for a handout, but he lost out every time.

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What character do you see?

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As mentioned earlier, there’s not much I can say about this area that I haven’t done in the past.  We seem unable to get our fill of all the beauty in Southern Utah.  I can sit in front of the trailer and stare at those red walls for hours, enjoying the everchanging colors as the light plays over it.  Hikes are numerous and look repetitive, but they aren’t.

I’ll leave you with this parting shot.

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I bet you can figure out our next destination….jc

Monday, May 23, 2016

Capitol Reef

 

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We arrived at Capitol Reef on Thursday and wasn’t surprised to find the campground full.  Folks start arriving shortly after daylight to snag one of the few sites available each day.  In a way it was frustrating to see a number of sites which would hold three Casitas occupied by one tent, but on the other hand they got there first and paid there money for it.  Only fair. 

Not all was lost, though.  We just moved on about eight miles West to an area of BLM land.  I really liked it better.  While other folks were parking near the road I spied what appeared to be a prime location back aways. 

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Yep, that’s us from about a mile down the highway.

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Having done a number of the hikes in the area during past visits we opted for a drive through Cathedral Valley.  Almost a hundred mile loop from east of Capitol Reef Northward to twenty miles West of Torrey.  Lots of beautiful views but once again it was cloudy and photos don’t do it justice.

Right to left.  Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, and Glass Mountain.

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Glass mountain was made up of lots of this, whatever it is.  Maybe quartz or mica.

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We made the climb out of Cathedral Valley and up into a totally Alpine enviornment with patches of snow still scatterd about.  9400 feet.  The aspen were still dorment.  See the mule deer?

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Not sure what Saturday will bring other than more crowds.  May hike the area around our campsite……..jc

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Comb Wash/Moki

 

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We had a really nice site in Comb Wash.  A hundred or so yards in from the highway, and a stunning view of Comb Ridge out the side window.  We even had a little sun late one afternoon.

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Sally enjoyed it as we could take her down the wash a ways, and let her run loose.

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Had quite a bit or rain North or East of us.  When we arrived this wash was dry, and Sally and I hiked it for quite some distance.  The next morning it was flowing well and was still flowing the next morning before we departed.

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The overall weather wasn’t bad, but could have been better.  Most all the pictures I took turned out bad.  Cloudy, overcast, with spits of rain.  We mostly drove around viewing things we have visited before like Natural Bridges NM, and the Moki Dugway.

View from the top of the Moki, looking down on the Valley of the Gods and the Goosenecks of the San Juan River.

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Thursday found us on the move again.  Heading toward Capitol Reef NP……jc