Day 32 Ely, NV to Glendale, UT


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June 1st 2012
Published: June 2nd 2012
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Day 32: Ely, NV to Glendale, UT

Another fairly long day today, though not as long as yesterday. We found that US 50 across Nevada was not nearly as desolate and lonely as UT 21! About the only traffic we saw were several Fire/Ambulance/Sheriff Deputies on a run just west of Minersville, UT. Don't think we ever got lower than about 5200 FT in elevation all day. We crossed several passes over 6000 ft and a couple over 7000 ft, but, the highest we drove was 8500 FT in Great Basin NP on Mt. Wheeler which is over 13,000 ft at it's peak. What a great view of the valley to the north, east and south from that viewpoint. The only wild life we saw were a few Prong horn Antilope, several hawks, and, we think, one gold eagle - - couldn't get a photo of any of the birds. With such a long day today and a short one tomorrow, we decided to bypass Cedar Breaks NM today and run up there in the morning before heading down to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. That means some back tracking, but, more even days. I had forgotten how pretty the scenery is on US 89 just to the west of Bryce NP - - got to see a few hoodoos like the ones in the park proper. Despite daytime temps in the 90s, it cools down considerably as soon as the sun dips below the horizon.


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Wind Turbine FarmWind Turbine Farm
Wind Turbine Farm

First time we've seen them in a valley and NOT on a ridge
More Wind TurbinesMore Wind Turbines
More Wind Turbines

Notice the simmering from the heat
Ranch entranceRanch entrance
Ranch entrance

Covered with Prong Horn antlers
UT 21 Across a valleyUT 21 Across a valley
UT 21 Across a valley

DESOLATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mt. Wheeler (13,000+ ft)Mt. Wheeler (13,000+ ft)
Mt. Wheeler (13,000+ ft)

Highest point in Great Basin NP
Stained Glass windowStained Glass window
Stained Glass window

in Visitors Center in Great Basin NP
Valley Valley
Valley

as seen from 8500 ft up on Wheeler Peak
Hoodoos just west ofHoodoos just west of
Hoodoos just west of

Bryce NP (Just like in the park proper)
Charlie Charlie
Charlie

working on her Blog


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