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North America » United States » Utah » Moab April 17th 2019

Perhaps no more iconic scenic landscape exists in the American west than Monument Valley, Utah. It appears in auto commercials, travel advertisements, and most notably, the Forrest Gump movie. I think it is the most "American" of all American scenes. Besides an iconic symbol of the American west, Monument Valley is the "sacred heart" of the Navajo Nation. Is it the pure beauty, the ruggedness, or the Navajo spirits that draw us here? Yet, it looks so familiar since we have seen it so many times on TV, and the internet. And those who know say it looks the same, whether 300 or 3000 years ago. The sky might be a different shade of blue, since we are ruining the environment, but the canyons are as deep and the sandstone buttes as towering. The magic of ... read more
Where is Forrest?
The Needle
Navajo country

North America » United States » Utah » Moab April 15th 2019

We are off to Moab, Utah to see more for our nation's natural wonders, specifically in the beautiful state of Utah. Moab boasts both Canyonlands and Arches National Parks within easy reach. Did you know Moab got its name from the Biblical name for a land that is just short of the Promised Land? It was the Mormon settler's in the 1800's that gave this beautiful area its name. There are 137 Bible verses where Moab is named. Arches National Park has over 2000 natural sandstone arches. The most famous is Delicate Arch, seen in countless photos and advertisements. The forces of nature for millions of years creates a unique and breathtaking scene. But no evidence of dwellings in Arches has ever been found. The first reliable date for Arches is June 9, 1844, by a ... read more
Love the Arches
Double Arch
Simply magnificent!!!!

North America » United States » Utah » Moab April 14th 2019

It was back in 1975, while I was in graduate school at U.C. Berkeley, that I took a trip to Salt Lake City for a week of skiing with distant relatives. Everyone I knew who skied, always said Utah has the best powder of any ski resort in the world. They wer right, of course, but just to set the record straight, it is VERY cold. The cold keeps the snow light! Anyway, we got to ski all the famous resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Park City, and a few more I cannot recall. We looked for Bob Redford, but were later told he was either out of town, or skiing on his own private ski resort. We also got a big dose of Mormonism, including Temple Square, ridiculous liquor laws, and the impact of the Mormon Church ... read more
Quite rustic
Monument Valley
Where is Forrest?

North America » United States » Utah » Salt Lake City April 14th 2019

Weather: Sunny and 40s States: Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah Miles: 935 Hours: 13 hrs and 25 min Capitals: University Campus: Restaurant: Coyote Creek Hotel/Home: Residence Inn SLC Movies: Audible: A Phone call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (finally over) We began the day with our daily Marriott breakfast bar. Pretty much what we do on our road trips. Big money saver to get a free breakfast at Fairfield’s, Springhill Suites and Residence Inns. At breakfast, we met a nice family from South Dakota. After Paul chatted and kept running into the man, Randy, they decided to exchange cards. Fate was telling them to connect. Then we hit the road. We are now headed on the long road to Salt Lake City. We have been there already and really enjoyed our stay. We swam in the Great Salt ... read more
Leftover Snow from Wes

North America » United States » Utah » Logan December 20th 2018

The third day of our trip saw us visit our third college football stadium: Utah State University in Logan, Utah. And frankly, the third time was definitely the charm. This school had the best stadium views of any of the schools we visited in Utah. They all had mountains to be seen, but the ones at Utah State were the highest, the snowiest, and the best, in both our opinions. We visited Logan on the way from Salt Lake City to Boise. For those of you looking at a map, it might not appear to be directly on the route between these two cities, and you would be correct. But it was only about 25 minutes added to our trip, and since I don’t know whether I will ever be in this part of the country ... read more
Our favorite stadium view of the trip (with some bull horns)
Looking up the tall hill to USU
With the USU bull

North America » United States » Utah » Salt Lake City December 19th 2018

What to say about Utah? Lots. But before we get to that, let me tell you how we got here. I realized early on that if I was going to plan this trip, it was going to be a lot more fun if I invited someone along. And I also realized that I was going to be spending basically the same amount of money while I was here, whether I was alone or with someone else. Because hotels and rental cars don’t care if it’s just one person using their service, or two. The only thing that would take extra money was the flight out to Salt Lake City, and once I found cheap flights, it was pretty easy to ask someone to come along. Enter my friend Nick. His only task was to get us ... read more
Olympic site near Rice-Eccles Stadium
Rice-Eccles Stadium, home of Utah football
University of Utah, the better "U"

North America » United States » Utah » Provo December 19th 2018

Provo was an adventure. It didn’t really start out that way, but the possibility was there, and we took it. The biggest thing, or perhaps I should say the longest or highest thing, was hiking to the Y on Y Mountain. I had seen that it was a ‘thing’ to do in town, but I wanted to see for myself how feasible it was before I committed to doing it. While we did other things in town, that was the most time-consuming. We left Salt Lake City after the organ recital in the Tabernacle. The drive from Salt Lake City to Provo was all interstate, but the views were magnificent. I guess we still haven’t gotten used to the mountains being everywhere. It was less than 45 minutes to get there, and our first stop was ... read more
Yumminess at the BYU Creamery
Looks so simple
here we go

North America » United States » Utah November 6th 2018

Last summer (2018) we did it: we drove from Los Angeles to Williamsburg, Virginia. Like an old country tune, or perhaps 1960s SITCOM open (See Beverly Hillbillies if you're still guessing), we loaded the family of six, complete with dog and cat, and hit the road. Triple digits screamed from the vehicle thermostat, and three stations cycled on the FM dial (or whatever the modern equivalent is to the "dial"). Once we outpaced the city traffic and cruised the Vegas strip, family-style, we entered an alien landscape carved and painted by years of erosion and geological transformation: Utah. Driving by way of Interstate 15, we wove and wound through valleys of orange and red sand shaped in the most amazing formations. Like cloud-gazing, it was fun to imagine donuts, dogs, lions, and more while craning in ... read more
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North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon City October 30th 2018

Well, I was burning daylight on the Paunsaught Plateau and my next camp will be in Arizona. I drove back to Utah 12 and drove Westbound. It didn't take me long to get to Red Canyon featuring the two arches that Utah 12 passed through. Then I had a short drive to Red Canyon Village where I would go Southbound on US Hwy 89. (Red Canyon Village is not on the Utah State map.) I did purchase some coffee while I was there. In Orderville they had several rock shops for us tourists. I made my stop at the Orderville Rock Shop; the best rock shop in town. Then I passed through some small towns on my way to Kanab, Utah where the only good grocery store was before I reached the back-country of Arizona. I ... read more
Red Canyon arch A
Red Canyon arch B
Red Canyon arch B

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon City October 22nd 2018

About three miles West of Utah 63 (Bryce Canyon NP) on Utah 12; I turned Southbound on FS 087 (the primary road across the Paunsaugunt Plateau) of the Dixie N Forest.I drove to the second crossing of FS 088 to make my camp for the night. I cooked my dinner and watched a nice sunset. Then I watched the moon rise. I got on my bed and had a nice sleep for the night. The next morning I had a nice coffee break. Then it was time to drive across the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Back on FS 087 Southbound I quickly got to the nice Tropic Reservoir. There was time to enjoy the views of the lake and shoot a few pics. On the South side of the reservoir there was the Tropic Spring open free to ... read more
Dixie N Forest
camp road
camp road

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