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Sep 14, 2017 - Rim hike

We got up early so we could beat expected afternoon showers and hike the rim. We took the atv back up and started hiking the rim to see if Bill could find a way down into the canyon floor. He found a way and I stayed up high to watch his progress and the weather. Once again the black clouds started gathering. Bill saw it too and headed back earlier than he wanted but we learned our lesson about Utah and flooding last year. By the time we got back to the atv it was starting to rain. We flew out of there and it rained off and on all...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Texas Flats

We left Colorado and resupplied in Cortez so we could boondock in Utah. We turned off of 95 to go to Texas Flats. This is a rough dirt road that we've been on before so we knew about a perfect campsite next to an old corral. We took the atv up to see if we could scout another way up to the ruin we got flooded away from last year. We kind of saw a way and will do it tomorrow since it's late today. Beautiful sunset!

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Jun 11, 2017 - Monument Valley to Blanding

Monument Valley to Blanding Day 5: Friday, June 9, 2017 We departed the Goulding RV Park at 9:30 am; we have a short trip—72 miles. The route is US 163 through Mexican Hat to Bluff. US 162 ends at the intersection with US 191 in Bluff; US 191 continues to Bluff and beyond—through Moab to I-70. We had some high winds (25-35 mph) blowing from the southwest—which favored us. We arrived at the Blue Mountain RV Park about 11 am. As a side note, we’ve been experiencing higher than normal temperatures: mid nineties and except for a brief cool...

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May 25, 2017 - Blanding, UT

/// Thursday - May 25, 2017 A Travel Day: Today we will be making a short haul of just 75 miles north to Blanding, UT // Travel Conditions - Road Conditions: Weather was very nice and we enjoyed a nice tail wind. The road conditions were also very nice. Traffic was very light. // We pulled into the Blue Mountain RV Park, located just south of Blanding at 12:30 P.M. Check-in was slow but thorough. The owner took extra time to describe some scenic drives that I was interested in. We also received a good description of services, etc. available...

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Oct 2, 2016 - Canyon hike

The weather forecast says 0 percent chance of rain so we went back up the dirt road (Texas Flats) 5 miles and attempted our hike again. This time we made it and Bill got to see the ruin he was after and then hiked on and found a basket maker cave that still had cisterns in it. Someone had apparently looted the cave years ago as there were holes in it. I didn't go as far as he did because of heavy brush so I sat and waited. I did see 2 granaries across the canyon and a small one about 75 yards below us that still had logs on top of the...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Mule canyon

Because of all that rain yesterday, we decided to hike out from the camper and give the road a chance to dry out. We hiked around 3 miles rimwalking and looking into Mule. We spotted a granary across the canyon and could see the trail way below us. We took the atv off on a road to the right but it got a little too rutted to be safe. At night, the stars and Milky way filled the sky and the coyotes howled.

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Sep 30, 2016 - Mule canyon

The weather cleared so we headed back to Mule and camped by an old corral about a mile in on the dirt road going to Mule. Our plan was to take the atv up the road about 5 miles and then hike another mile into a ruin. The atv trip was interesting as the road still had a few water holes that we avoided by going through the sagebrush. We started out hiking and a huge black cloud headed our way. Of course we didn't turn back immediately. About 25 minutes later, we decided to turn back but too late. The next 2 hours were spent under a 3 ft ledge...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Mule canyon

Once we left Davis canyon to head south towards Blanding, the temp dropped to 50 and it started raining. We had planned to go into Mule canyon but knew the dirt road would be terrible so we headed on to Natural Bridges to camp. But no, all 13 sites are taken so the ranger suggested a deserted airfield right by hwy 95 so off we went to boondock. Luckily 95 is not heavily traveled - 3 cows did walk by the camper.

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Apr 15, 2016 - Torrey Utah to Blanding Utah

Drove from Torrey to Blanding. Very scenic drive, took Hwy 24 to 95 south. Drive past Lake Powell. Arrived at Blue Mountain Rv park in Blanding. Very well kept park. Good cell, satellite, 50 amp and water pressure. We had a site on top, the old area. Only thing I did not like was the spots were pull ins, side by side. So our neighbor was only a few feet away from our driver side. Weather was very cold and windy. Nights dropped down to 30 degrees. Went to the Dinosaur museum. Nice, probably more so for kids. Spent a day driving south...

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May 11, 2014 - 3 Night rest stop in Blanding, UT

Need some rest...2 nites in Blanding, UT. Originally planned on a 2 night stay for some rest and journal updating. However, when weather turned cloudy with threat of thunderstorms in Monument Valley on Sunday, we decided to hang out a third night. Gotta get out of here soon though. Hardly a restaurant in town and the one we got a pizza at sucked! Drove about 20 miles north to Monticello today in search of more or better restaurants. Found one that was promising but couldn't get in the small place which was extremely crowded. Not much in...

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Oct 4, 2013 - Waited in Blanding, UT for 3 days for Glen Canyon Rec Area to reopen

We waited three days at KamPark RV park in Blanding, UT for Lake Powell(Glen Canyon Recreation Area) to reopen due to the Federal government shutdown. It still has not been resolved and we are giving up and heading east to Durango, CO. We will have to come back to Lake Powell at some time in the future. We would really like to spend some days exploring and fishing there!!

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Oct 3, 2013 - Monument Valley

With the shutdown affecting the parks, and our campground in Moab full with no chance of us extending our stay, we decided to go on down to Blanding, 70 miles South of Moab. Blanding was to be the hub for going to Mesa Verde, Natural Bridge, Canyons of the Ancients, and Hovenweep NPs. Oh well, we made it to Goosenecks State Park (not much of a state park but beautiful bends in the San Juan River (river makes 4 - 180 degree bends right below an overlook), Mexican Hat (just a balanced rock), Bluff Fort (if I were fighting Indians from this...

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