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Sep 29, 2018 - The Dollhouse hike

Saturday, September 29: The Dollhouse Weather: mid 50sF last night warming to high 80sF with gusty winds until 18:30 Route: Upper Spanish Bottom path -> Dollhouse Trailhead -> Granary Trail -> Upper Spanish Bottom Highlights: - At first light (7:00) we began our usual breakfast and lunch-making routine. The remaining filtered river water was used to wash dishes. - Today all 4 of us were preparing to hike the Dollhouse Trail. This was the one hike our lady friend had saved her ailing feet for so was determined to at least try to reach...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Upper Spanish Bottom

Friday, September 28: Upper Spanish Bottom Weather: low 50sF at dawn with light breezes all day, low 90sF in the afternoon Route: follow the Green River to the confluence with the Colorado, then follow the Colorado River to Upper Spanish Bottom Highlights: - After sitting under the Milky Way later than usual last night to drink in the quiet of the night, we slept until 7:00. We were in no rush to leave this campsite for Spanish Bottom, 3 miles away, since the campers who were there last night would not be leaving until 10:00-ish when...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Powell Canyon

Thursday, September 27: Day 8 - Powell Canyon Weather: comfortably cool last night and this morning, high 70sF in the afternoon, light evening breezes Route: Campsite -> Powell Canyon Trail Highlights: - Because of the excellent paddling conditions and because we paddled about a mile further yesterday than our itinerary required and because this was a great campsite, we decided to stay put here for another night. We lingered over our usual breakfast before the 3 of us headed up the dry canyon, following one of the "if we had time" trails...

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Sep 26, 2018 - Water Canyon hike

Wednesday, September 26: Day 7 - Jasper Canyon -> Powell Canyon Weather: about 55F in the morning with occasional light breezes, low 80sF and calm in the afternoon Route: follow the river from Mile 10 to Water Canyon near Mile 4.5 -> hike Water Canyon to the seep and back -> follow the river to Powell Canyon at Mile 1 Highlights: - We were on the river by 9:30 again today after our usual casual morning routine. Fish were jumping through the glassy surface of the water to catch insects. - At Stove Camp (Mile 7) we stopped to explore a...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Deadhorse to Jasper Canyon

Tuesday, September 25: Day 6 - Deadhorse Canyon to Jasper Canyon Weather: warm again last night until after 2:00 AM, low 60sF in the morning, mid-80sF in the afternoon with gentle breezes (thankfully) all day Route: follow the Green River Highlights: - We really didn't want to leave the lovely Deadhorse Canyon campsite but we had a 10-mile paddle today so hurried to load the canoes and put into the river by 9:30. We hoped the strong winds we saw yesterday afternoon would not occur again today. - Hubby was up first to start boiling the...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Ruins at Turks Head

Monday, September 24: Day 5 - Upper Cabin Bottom --> Deadhorse Canyon Weather: mid-60sF (hot) last night, warming to high 80sF by afternoon, light intermittent breezes all day with strong winds beginning at about 13:30 Route: follow the river to just upriver from Turks Head Ledge -> walk around base and lower ledges of Turks Head to ruins -> follow the river to Deadhorse Canyon Highlights: - The bats were still out until the sun's rays peaked over the cliff at 8:30 this morning. There was another hike on our itinerary today so we planned...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Newspaper Rock at Cabin Bottom

Sunday, September 23: Day 4 - Anderson Bottom --> Upper Cabin Bottom Weather: cloudy, high 50sF in the morning, high 80sF in the afternoon, light breezes all day with occasional late-day gusts Route: follow the Green River south Highlights: - Our usual delicious breakfast was quicker than yesterday. Even though we had no more than a 6-mile paddle today, there was a hike from tonight's campsite that we wanted to have time for. The NPS team were gone by the time we broke camp and launched at 10:00. - There were supposed to be 3 granaries...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Millard Canyon riffles

Saturday, September 22: Day 3 - Potato Bottom --> Anderson Bottom Weather: Low 50sF with heavy dew at first light, low 90sF by afternoon with light breezes all day Route: follow the Green River south Highlights: - With such a lot of dew last night we knew we were not going to pack up quickly this morning. Until the sun hit the sand bar dew re-settled on things we had already wiped dry. I took advantage of the wait time to take a stroll to the back channel of the sand bar, looking for a discreet spot to tinkle (NPS instructions were to...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Fort Bottom Ruins hike

Friday, September 21: Day 2 - Horsethief Canyon --> Potato Bottom Weather: low 50sF this morning, warming to high 80s, with light breezes all day Route: Paddle about 9 miles down the Green River, stopping after 6 miles at Fort Bottom for lunch and a hike to the Fort Moki ruins. Highlights: - At 6:30 we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before starting to haul all our gear back to the river. The other group of campers were up even earlier and had loaded up and left before we were ready to load our canoes. One of the last items we retrieved from...

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Sep 20, 2018 - The Maze District

Canyonlands National Park Within its 527 square mile area Canyonlands is divided by the Green and Colorado Rivers into 3 major districts. Each district highlights a distinct type of geology. The highest point at 7120 feet is Cathedral Point in the Needles District. The lowest point at 3700 feet is Big Drop Rapids on the Colorado River. The Islands in the Sky District, in the northeast corner of the park 32 miles north of Moab, sits high atop a plateau overlooking the two rivers and a portion of The Maze District. A rough 4x4 vehicle...

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Sep 20, 2018 - On the river at last

Thursday, September 20: Moab --> Day 1 - Horsethief Canyon via Mineral Bottom put-in Weather: low 60sF with light breezes all day, sunny and in the high 80sF by mid-afternoon Route: ACT Campground -> Tex's Riverways -> Mineral Bottom Rd -> Mineral Bottom boat launch -> Green River -> Horsethief Canyon River Camp Highlights: - All 4 of us were up by 6:00 (even me!), excited to start our 10-day flat water river paddle trip down the Green River through the canyons of the Maze District in Canyonlands N.P. We had plenty of time for a leisurely...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Canyonland National Park

Today was a trip to Canyonland National Park. At first I thought, more views of red rocks ahead, but it turned out that every view we have seen has been different and unique. Just before entering Canyonland is Dead Horse State Park where wild horses once roamed. In the 1800's, cowboys found these horses and in an effort to corral them, came up with a clever method to capture them by constructing a natural fence of juniper branches across the narrow neck of the point with the other side being the cliff. Legend tells that one band was...

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