Petrified Forest 2017

We left the Grand Canyon and headed south to Flagstaff AZ. I wanted to drop in to the REI store in Flagstaff to check them out. We had camped in Glendale next door to a couple who were using the Kingdom 4 tent from REI. I was impressed with the tent from the distance and…

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Grand Canyon 2017

After our cool night, we were up and at ’em with the sunrise. The camp was quite and we noticed a visiting deer. We made breakfast and headed out for a leisurely tour of the many scenic viewpoints. We also took the time to visit the Tusayan Ruins — another Ancient Pueblan site. We finished…

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Zion National Park 2017

After we were finished at the ‘Breaks, we kept going west to the I-15, then south to St. George. At St. George (and Hurricane) we took a moment to get lunch — introducing my companions to Carl’s Junior, yes, I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for bacon double western cheeseburgers — and drop in…

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Cedar Breaks 2017

That night, back at the Bryce Zion Campground (Glendale UT), we were in for a very cool night. When we planned the trip the weather forecast for the high desert was a low of 40F, but the actuals were more like 32F or below. We came prepared for cold, but this was close to our…

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Bryce Canyon National Park 2017

After zipping through the Escalante National Staircase, we kept going past Bryce on UT12 and took UT89 south to a campground that used to be a KOA near Glendale UT. From here we could take day trips to Bryce, Cedar Breaks and Zion. I’ve stayed in this park before (when it was a KOA), and…

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Escalante Grand Staircase 2017

On the downward, southern, side of Boulder Mountain, UT12 passes through the small town of Boulder and then out along a narrowing mesa top which ends at the ‘Hogback’. The mesa is just slightly larger than the road at this point and I remember the first time I drove this route, I literally thought that…

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Boulder Mountain 2017

After leaving the Capitol Reef in the early afternoon, we continued west on UT24 a short way and then turned south on UT12. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, UT12 is the most spectacular road trip ever! Apparently, lots of folk agree because it has now turned in to an official scenic…

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Capitol Reef 2017

On Friday morning we left Moab first thing in the morning. It had rained overnight so we had to pack up wet. Luckily we had enough room in the van to keep the wet tent away from our other gear — and it dried quickly. We had a long day planned: Capitol Reef, Bolder Mountain,…

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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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