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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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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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