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Monday, April 27, 2015

Death Valley Photo Trip

The Racetrack

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point, Looking West

Don at Zabriskie Point

Near Gold Canyon

It Happens

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Balloons, Lake Havasu

Some photos from the Balloon weekend in lake Havasu coty

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Snow-Lake Havasu City

The Lawn Frog had no idea what to do with a Snowball

OK, enough of this "Global Warming" thing. It was 40 degrees when I woke up which is normal for the week that is our winter. By 10 AM it was 32 degrees and snowing with gusts of wind to over 30 MPH. We had a blizzard that lasted over two hours and in 30 years of living here this is the first time it had snowed at the house. The mountain above town gets snow a couple times during the winter but never down here at 680 feet above sea level.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NYC at Christmas

NYC is always a great place to be at Christmas.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Silverton Colorado

Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin is on a 4WD trail out of Ouray Colorado and in the spring, which occurs here in July, is covered in wild flowers. The waterfalls, due to the recent rains, looked like they do during the spring snow melt.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bentonite Hills, Capitol Reef National Park

The Bentonite Hills in Capitol Reef National Park can in the right light be very colorful and are sometimes called Rainbow Bentonite. They are a remnant of volcanic ash and look like colorful styrofoam packing material. Beneath this is clay which can absorb large amounts of water and was used by the pioneers to seal roofs and also to lubricate wagon wheels. This also make the trails impassable in the rain.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Torrey Utah

A few more views from the Torrey Utah Area.

After the Rain

The rains came and now the Fremont River is too high to ford and the trails are impassable with muddy clay. These photos were taken on Utah Highway 24 between Torry and Hanksville.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Notom-Bullfrog Road and the Burr Trail

Start of the Switchbacks

Side Canyon

Paved Section at West end of Burr Trail

From highway 24 we took the Notom-Bullfrog Road which was in good condition except for a few places were washes were still running but passable. About 32 miles in the Burr Trail heads west with some spectacular rocky switchbacks. The Burr Trail ends in Boulder and the last part is paved.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mr Pinkertons Truck

This truck about ten miles off the highway was a well drilling rig that had been here for some time. It still had the wooden superstructure with lots large metal gears. It even had a dead rattlesnake on the seat. Next to if was a large cattle tank with a pipe from an artesian well filling it with water and running out into the desert forming a wetlands full of cattails.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cathedral valley

Temple of the Sun and Moon as Dawn

Glass  mountain

We did get to the temples in Cathedral valley at dawn About the same time the rain we were driving into hit. Remembering all the washes we crossed we left the same way we came just staying on the edge of the rain. Normally in Arizona and even Colorado you can drive 4WD roads in the rain as long as they are not washed out but in this area of Utah there is a lot of clay and even a little rain can make it very slippery. Impossibly slippery.

Glass Mountain, really just a small mound, consists of selenite crystals making an interesting geological feature.

Fording the Fremont River

The planed trip to Cathedral Valley is a 59 mile loop drive on a dirt road that starts at Caineville and ends with fording the Fremont River to get back to Highway 24. In order to get to the Temple of the Sun and Moon by sunrise we must leave at 4:30 AM. As there had been rain in the area we decided to ford the river just to make sure that at the end of the 59 miles we could make it back to town.