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Sep 18, 2019 - House on Fire

House on Fire is located in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in Bears Ears National Monument as part of Cedar Mesa. The flaming roof phenomenon is a 1.5 mile hike (3 miles round trip) to the ruin, and it’s unique in that at certain times of the day when the sun is hitting it just right, the coloring of the rock above the ruin looks like flames and smoke are coming out of the top. Nancy ,the owner of Cottonwood RV Park, told me about House on Fire and that you need to be there in the late morning when the light is reflecting off the opposite...

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2019 RV Adventure

Sep 9, 2019 - Canyon hike

We took the atv up comb wash about 13 miles to the trailhead to Fish/Owl canyon where there are supposed to ruins and pictographs. We stopped along the way and saw a boulder with great petroglyphs. Got to the trailhead and it was already hot. Bill said it was only a half mile to the first ruin so I went with him. After slogging through tamerisk and various bushes up and down we finally found shade. I stayed there and he went another mile and found the ruins. It took him an hour or more to get there but at least he found it. Not the short...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Comb wash rd

We traveled about 30 miles back to Comb wash Rd which is just below the big hwy cut thru comb ridge on 95. The camping is free and nobody very close so we're staying here for two nights. We took the atv out to 205 up to Arch canyon. We didn't get all the way to Arch but went in about 10 miles. We headed back to the camper and cooked gumbo.

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Sep 7, 2019 - Hike

We got up early (7am) so we could get hiking before it got too hot. We made it to the area where Bill started down Todie canyon. I stayed up on the Mesa top and walked the rim looking for ruins on the other side. I saw a group of 8-10 structures about 1/2 mile from the point where Bill headed down. We have walkie talkies so I could tell bill what I saw. He got into a big boulder field that was impassable so he turned around and I did as well. We were back at the camper by noon. It got hot so we just shaded out and read the rest of the day.

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Sep 6, 2019 - Canyon

We made it to Utah and stopped in blanding to get more supplies so we can stay out for several days. We drove to Cedar Mesa and out to Todie canyon where we camped above the trailhead. We hiked about 2 miles in to where bill is going to scramble down into the canyons.

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May 12, 2019 - Devil's Canyon - near Blanding, UT May 11 & 12

We headed towards Grand Junction, CO deciding to stop halfway near the town of Blanding, UT wanting to avoid the crowds always present at Moab, UT. We saw a sign along the highway leaving Blanding reading "Devil's Canyon" with a camping sign. Deciding to investigate we drove back and found out it was a National Forest campground which we can use at half price with our National Park Senior Pass. Driving in we found one site that had not been previously reserved which was actually a great site, wide, flat, with great a great view of the La...

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Apr 28, 2019 - Natural Bridges national monument

We passed Hole 'n the rock. Here is the history: Quote from .........Edward Abbey, 'Desert Solitaire' : Hole in the Rock. What happened here? In the year 1880, eleven years after Powell had passed this way, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints commissioned a group of the faithful, living then in south-central Utah, to establish a new settlement in the southeast corner of the state near what is now the village of Bluff. As obedient as they were courageous, some two hundred and fifty Mormons—men, women and children, with...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Government trail

Today we took the ATV about 10 miles to the government trail head leading into the Grand Gulch. It was a 3 mile hike to the Gulch and Bill headed down to find ruins and petroglyphs. I stayed on top and kept in touch with the walkie talkies. He found a lot of new things and was gone about 4 hrs. All total, I hiked 6.3 miles and he probably did 9. Needless to say, we were both tired and made a wrong turn going back. But we saw some beautiful canyons and Monument valley in the distance. We got straightened out and added another 14 miles to our...

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Sep 28, 2018 - point lookout trail

Bill found the entrance point to the trail yesterday so we the ATV back up and he went hiking in. I stayed and rim walked the far side to see if I could find a way down into the ruin we saw yesterday. He hiked for about an hour and didn't see anything but met a guy from Maine. He had hiked to the ruin and then found me on the far side. Bill hiked back around and got down to the ruin so he was happy. Got back to the camper and saw a beautiful Utah sunset!

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Sep 27, 2018 - Slickhorn canyon

We left Texas flats and got water at Natural Bridges and then headed out to Cedar Mesa to find Slickhorn canyon and a campsite that we stayed at last year. Got there and unloaded the ATV so we could scout for the point lookout trail. Found it and will return tomorrow to hike.

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Sep 26, 2018 - Texas flats

Bill is determined to find a way to get up to the ruins we have seen for the past 4 years and have never found the way. So we drove the ATV 5 miles up the dirt road and got out to hike the canyon rim. After about a mile, I stayed up high and Bill spent the next 3hours trying to get to the ruins. We bought walkie talkies so we could communicate from a distance and they worked well. He finally got back after getting to within 130 yds of the ruin but it was too dangerous to get closer. Glad to see him when he got back despite lots of scratches...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Mule canyon road

We made it to Utah finally- our final destination of this trip. We hiked about 5 miles to some of the lesser known Indian ruins at Butler Wash. We saw some walls and Bill hiked on over to see 3 alcoves with matates. One alcove still had an intact cistern, very old. We drove on through the hwy 95 Comb Ridge cut, which has an amazing view of the canyons and the valley floor. We parked the camper at the corrals off of Mule Canyon where we've camped several times. 11% humidity and no one anywhere within miles.

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