Moab – 2017

The last time I was in Moab, it was still a small town. There were one or two campgrounds and one or two hotels. On this trip, I was floored (and somewhat dismayed) at how much this town has grown in the interval (about 20 years). While it was clear that the town had a…

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Canyonlands – Island in the Sky – 2017

After leaving Arches in the early afternoon, we zipped up UT-191 northward to the Island in the Sky. The Island is a large mesa that juts out into the canyonlands. Along the north-west facing part of the mesa you look out over the canyon made by the Green River. Along the south-east facing part of…

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Arches 2017

The day started with some relatively clear weather — the storms of the previous night had moved along. This was our last day in the Moab area so we were heading the Arches National Park. We left early to beat the inevitable crowds and managed to spend half of the day walking a few short…

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Canyonlands – Needles – 2017

On our first day in the Moab area, the weather was fairly heavily overcast. It had rained during the night and was threatening to continue during the day. We decided that we’d head south on UT-191 to the Needles District of the Canyonlands National Park and try our luck there. The turnoff from UT-191 onto…

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Castle Valley – 2017

The ‘short’ route to Moab is to travel I-70 to UT-191 and then head south passing by Arches and into town. The ‘better’ way is to leave I-70 early and travel down UT-128. This highway leads down to the Colorado River and then travels along side of the river until it reaches Moab. This router…

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Colorado National Monument 2017

On Tuesday morning, we were off on the I-70 through the Rockies. It’s a nice drive and we had pretty nice weather — a few days after we went through, snow closed the I-70, so our timing was good! Once through the Rockies, the road slides past the Grand Mesa and then the rock walls…

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Colorado Plateau 2017 Launch!

It’s been 16 years since I was last in the Colorado Plateau. Enough Waiting — time to return! This trip was planned as a quick (2 weeks and a bit) loop through the highlights of the Colorado Plateau. My Son has never been there nor has my partner in crime Cathy. My Son and I…

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