Travels 2017

Arizona Drift, Nov 2017

After spending October in southern Utah’s red rock canyonlands we headed south, drifting into Arizona. We had a goal here; checking out possible areas to set up a home base. By now we were used to living in our twenty eight foot-long, fifth wheel trailer. But we still wanted to establish a home base to travel from, and return to. There were a few places in Arizona we wanted to check out as home-base possibilities. The first stop, Sedona. Continue reading

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UTAH! Zion & Vermillion Cliffs, Nov 2017

Zion National Park!   We’d been on the road for over six months by the time we reached Zion. The redwoods of California were majestic, Yosemite was stately. Yellowstone was spectacular, Bryce Canyon National Park surreally beautiful. But Zion; well, Zion is simply stupendous. Continue reading

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UTAH! Grand Staircase & Bryce Canyon, Oct 2017

It’s mid-October and time to move from Capitol Reef National Park onward into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park. So, we packed up our comfortable camp outside of Capitol Reef and followed spectacular highway 12 south into Grand Staircase National Monument. Continue reading

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UTAH! Capitol Reef National Park, Oct. 2017

We had just left our camp in Wildhorse Canyon and were thinking; there couldn’t be anything more spectacular than that. But driving highway 24 from Hanksville to Capitol Reef National Park proved us wrong. The Waterpocket Fold is a massive ridge of broken rock in the middle of Utah, and highway 24 cuts right through it. Now the rock was even more colorful; pinks, purples, reds, blues, yellows and chocolate brown in layers, one on top of the other, or in huge stripes down the mountain faces. Continue reading

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UTAH! Natural Bridges, Wildhorse/Horseshoe Canyons, Goblin Valley, Oct 2017

We’d been in Utah for weeks now. We started in the north at Dinosaur National Monument, then drifted south through Canyonlands and the Trail of the Ancients along the Colorado/Utah border. Now it’s time to head west, into the remote mountains, canyons and deserts of the San Rafael Swell, a massive wall of jagged rock jutting out of the earth and running north to south through the state. Here you’ll find remote slot canyons, hidden gorges, ancient pictographs, mysterious valleys full of strange rock formations, all surrounded by a vast, wild, desert. Continue reading

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UTAH! The Needles and The Trail of the Ancients, Oct 2017

We spent the end of September in a comfortable camp outside of Moab Utah straddled between Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. It was spectacular, but now we were ready for the more remote deserts, canyons and high plains of southeastern Utah.  So, on October 3rd we packed up and moved south, into the outback and The Trail of the Ancients. Continue reading

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UTAH; Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point – Sept 2017

We spent most of September in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. But, by the third week in September, the first major winter storms chased us out of the Rocky Mountains. Tired of shoveling our trailer out of the snow every morning we left Pinedale Wyoming and the wild Wind River Mountains on September 22nd for sunny Utah, or so we hoped. Continue reading

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The Rocky Mountain West; Sept 2017

After resting up at friends’ ranch in Kennewick Washington we drove into northeastern Oregon and one of our favorite places; the Wallowa Mountains. But, before we left Kennewick, we switched our cellular service from AT&T to Verizon and glad we did. Immediately our phone service improved and with Verizon’s jetpack (a small portable router) we could now access the internet using Verizon’s cellular signal even when camping far out in the back country. Continue reading

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Far East Oregon; August 2017

It was mid-July when we entered southeastern Oregon at the cowboy town of Lakeview on the Oregon/California border along shores of huge Goose Lake. From here the high deserts of southeastern Oregon stretch far, far away; as far as the eye can see, and then far beyond that, forming one of the largest wild areas in the conterminous United States. This is a land of remote, deep canyons, vast sage-covered plateaus, and high desert mountains. Wild rivers flow through the Owyhee Canyonlands while Steens Mountain rises almost 10,000 feet high in the middle of it all. This is Oregon’s Outback. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Byway; July 2017

After spending most of July in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains we took highway 395 north following a series of small highways and back roads that penetrate the volcanic lands of northern California. This is a land of high, juniper-covered, arid sage lands punctuated by massive ancient lava flows, mineral hot springs, and glacier-covered volcanoes rising above it all. This is the Volcanic Byway. Continue reading

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