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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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Utah Highway 12

Devils Garden

Cottonwoods on Escalante River

Aspens in Dixie Forest

Utah Highway 12 from Bryce Canyon to Torrey is one of the most scenic drives you can take. In addition there are so many great side trips it would take months to see it all. Hole in the Rock Road is a dirt road that goes over 50 miles ending at a cliff above Lake Powell. In 1879 a Mormon wagon train cut a primitive route in the cliff to get down to and cross the Colorado River.

Many great hiking trails start from Hole in the Rock Road and it gives access to numerous slot canyons such as Peek-a-Boo, Spooky, Zebra, and Tunnel. We went as far as Devils Garden and then headed to Boulder. One stretch takes you on a narrow ridge with a ribbon of green cottenwoods  along the river. In another month they will all be colored yellow. The trailhead to Lower and Upper Calf Creek is also in the area and Lower Calf Creek falls is certainly one of the most spectacular places in this area.

From Boulder you climb the plateau into the Dixie National Forest where the Aspen are now at their peak fall colors. Boulder is also the start of the Burr Trail which joins Notom-Bullfrog Road, a dirt road going from Highway 24 to the Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell. Later, if it is not flooded out we plan to take both of these.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

He doesn't live here any more




A short distance from Kodachrome Basin is this ranch with a homestead and corrals. Must have been a beautiful place to live but is now abandoned.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kodachrome Basin State Park



Kodachrome Basin is on a paved road just north on the trail to Grosvenor Arch. It is known for its spectacular rock columns. Today our paper reported that a couple on the paved road going back to their camp in the park were washed 500 yards down the Paria River when a flash flood washed the road out. They were able to kick out the back window of their upside down car and were rescued. When traveling in these remote areas we carried lots of food and water and are careful crossing washes but know we may be stuck there for several days. We did avoid being stuck  but were unable to get into a lot of places we wanted to go.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grosvenor Arch



The plan was to take the Cottonwood Trail north from Highway 89 up to Cannonville. The ranger in Kanab, however, showed us photos of a washout that was over 8 feet deep and there was no plans to repair it due to the oncoming storm. On the north end there were road closed signs but we were able to make it as far as Grosvenor Arch before turning back.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bryce Area Slot Canyon

Start of the Canyon

In the Narrows

Looking West

The end of the first Narrows

One of my favorite slot canyons and unlike most desert canyons it has a running stream year round. When there has been a lot of rain the trail in can be difficult and once in April snow kept me out. The last time I was here there were the remains of a deer that had been killed and partially eaten by a mountain lion lying in the stream.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall SW Photo Trip

Lee's Ferry

Coral pink Dunes in Utah

Started the fall trip from Flagstaff where I was joined by another photographer from Santa Fe. The first stop going north from Flagstaff was at Lee's Ferry where I have great memories as the starting place of Grand Canyon raft trips. Definitely got to do another one.

Next it was a stop at the Pink Sand Dunes on the way to the Bryce Canyon area. The plan is to spend a couple days in the area, not to visit Bryce Canyon but the areas to the east. There are a number of great 4WD trips just east of Bryce. With the recent rains some trails are washed out but we hope to find some open.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Always good to get home


So we get home to thunder storms. More rain in the first two days home than in two months in Washington.
Hard to believe but this is the 1000th post on this blog. More to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cathedral Gorge State Park



Just outside Panaca Nevada in the Cathedral Gorge State Park. These photos were taken from the overlook.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mine, Pioche Nevada


A large processing plant for a mine in Pioche Nevada. There are tram towers with ore buckets still on the cables coming down the mountain.