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Sep 18, 2016 - 3rd Slickhorn canyon

We took another trail into spring or and saw more granaries but did not reach the log Kiva's that we hoped to see. Lots of bouldering down into the canyon which Bill did but then he returned to where I stopped since he had the sandwich bag. He could have made it and probably should have tried but we did hike 3 miles.

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Sep 17, 2016 - Moki Dugway

If you've never driven up Moki Dugway, put it on your list. It's a bunch of switchbacks on a dirt road going right up the side of the canyon wall. It's a 10 percent grade about 4 miles long that leads to Cedar Mesa. You can see Monument valley and valley of the gods, so it's a great drive. Once up it, we took a left on dirt road 241 and drove out to 3rd spring horn canyon to camp.we hiked about 2.5 miles total down the canyon and saw some granaries. Later we drove the atv out to lookout point 3 miles away and we could see john's canyon road...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Canyon hike

Today we hiked east from our campsite and found the boulders we discovered a couple of years ago covered with petroglyphs. One huge boulder is the most amazing one we've seen- half of the glyphs are vertical and half are horizontal. We can't figure out if it fell from the cliffs and then other ancients continued adding to it later. There were several other great panels in the area.

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Sep 15, 2016 - John's canyon

We found a great campsite off of 316 towards the goosenecks and took the atv 13 miles up John's Canyon. Several great petroglyphs-and views down toward the San Juan river. We had hoped to go all the way to the SJ river but the trail got a little too gnarly so we turned around. My mother would have been proud of us! You can see monument valley and back to sleeping Indian from our site . No one within probably 50 miles that we can see.

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Sep 14, 2016 - Utah

After 6 weeks, we finally left Colorado and made it into Utah. The weather has cooled down to the low 80s in the Bluff area. We camped at Sand Island cg outside of Bluff so we could unload the bikes and take the trailer on over about 5 miles to a turnoff we knew about. At that turnoff, we unloaded the atv and took it 7 miles down to the San Juan river over some interesting mud slicks, sand, and big hills. We made it to River House ruins right on the SJ and then drove another .5 miles to the Butler wash petroglyphs- a great panel of ancient...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Cottonwood, Bluff, UT

Today we are headed to Four Corners. While at Four corners we picked up some Indian jewelry and headed back to Bluff. Upon return to Bluff we toured Bluff Fort. It was an interesting step back in time to the Mormon movement to Bluff area. After the tour it started to rain, so we stayed in the coach the rest of the afternoon. Heading to Mesa Verde, CO in the morning.

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2016 Southwest

Aug 3, 2016 - Cottonwood, Bluff, UT

Today we left at 8am for the petroglyphs at Sand Island State park. Then we went to Valley of the Gods for a drive that was 17 miles of dirt road. We then left for Goose Neck state park to see the San Juan Rivers work. After Gooseneck we broke from the caravan and went to Edge of the Cedars state park and museum. We went for a late lunch on the way back from Blanding, UT.

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2016 Southwest

Sep 15, 2015 - On The Road

Our river raft trip ended at mile 188 of the Grand Canyon. After disembarking, we collected our gear and prepared for the short helicopter flight out of the canyon up to the Bar 10 ranch for showers and lunch. After 6 days of washing in the river, the shower felt really good even though there was no much hot water. With a clean body and clean clothes, we were ready for the flight back to Marble Canyon. Our flight was in a Cessna Caravan and we had a scenic flight while altering course around several building thunderstorms. Back at Marble...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Bluff, Utah

So we are on the road again. Our turn around point is South Lake Tahoe, CA. The Sullivan (maternal) side of Tom’s family is gathering for the 5 year reunion beginning July22 but we have hit the road to see America on our way to the party. We left Santa Fe on Sunday, 7-5-15, at a much later hour than I planned, on our way to Bluff, UT. The drive up highway 550 from Bernalillo to Bloomfield is always a treat because the landscape changes so much. The area around Cuba, NM is pretty green right now and then you have the starkness of the...

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May 29, 2015 - San Juan River Trip

It has been awhile since we have written. A lot has happened. Rose and Sam came out and spent a night in the camper with us and then visited Mesa Verde National Park. We went to see two cliff dwellings that were almost unbelievable. What was almost as unbelievable was that Rose climbed down steep paths and up 32 step ladders that were 12 feet tall, all with no vertigo. Yeah Rose. After that we went on our rafting down the San Juan River. It was a great experience with several hikes, only one night of cold weather (the first one), and the...

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Takin the Slow Road

Oct 18, 2014 - Next Stop Bluff

We left our campground in Moab, topped off our diesel, and headed south on Highway 191. This is a good road and seems to go on forever. We took a quick break at Wilson Arch for a paw stretch and a picture of the arch. We had a short journey so we stopped again in Blanding and then arrived at our RV park for the next few nights at Cottonwood RV Park in Bluff. Bluff seems like a friendly little desert hideaway but things are closing up for the season. We got settled in and had dinner at the Cottonwood Steakhouse, fabulous food, and you get to...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

Sep 6, 2014 - Bluff, Utah

The first thing we noticed about the Four Corners area (where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet) was that the American Southwest is looking very green this year. Trees have abundant foliage. Flowers are blooming. Water is running in many streams and rivers – in particular we noted that the San Juan River is flowing very well with few sand bars. After our drive through southern Colorado through Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez, we passed Mesa Verde, and talked about our trip there one snowy January when we were almost alone and...

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