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Jul 28, 2013 - Yankee Meadows

We are continuing to explore Yankee Meadows on USFR 049 (First Left Hand Canyon) our final destination being Yankee Meadows Reservoir. It looked threatening of rain, but we didn't get rained on. We made a quick detour into the Y.M. campground to check out their restrooms. Not many people in the campground. Bowery Creek parallels the road up to the reservoir, so pretty as it meanders through the meadow. The reservoir was quite low compared to last year and the sky was overcast, but it sure made for some great shots. As we were getting ready...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Noah's Ark Trail in Yankee Meadows

Our first stop in Yankee Meadows was the Noah's Ark Trail. We just had to hike this 2 mile round trip trail as one of my nephew's is named Noah. We all started out together, but about half way up it got steep and a lot of loose gravel and rocks, so Noah and I continued up the trail together. He wanted to be able to say that he hiked the trail. We had our eye on the sky as it as looking threatening of rain, but we made it up and back down without getting wet. Don't know if we actually made it all the way to the top, but the view was amazing...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Moqui Cave

After leaving Coral Pink Sand Dunes we continued down Hwy 89 to the Moqui Cave located 5 miles from Kanab, UT. The cave is made from eroded sandstone. At one time sand was removed from this site to make glass. Moqui Cave was once used by the Anasazi people as a shelter or possibly food storage. It was rediscovered by white settlers and served as a speakeasy in the 1920's during prohibition. In 1951, the cave was purchased by Laura & Garth Chamberlain who opened up a tavern and dance hall the following year. Garth built the inlaid bar and...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Coral Pink Sand Dunes St. Park

Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, Coral Pink Sand Dunes St. Park is located off of Hwy 89 about 20 miles west of Kanab, UT. The park is a popular destination for OHV's & Dune Buggies. There are 1,200 acres of dunes. Approximately 90% of Coral Pink dunes are open to OHV use. The Coral Pink Tiger Beetle and its habitat are protected under an additional 265 acre conservation parcel of the dunes. We learned that the dunes are created by three factors: sand, high winds, and a unique influence upon those high winds. A notch between the...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Ford Model T Road Rally

A Ford Model T Road Rally came through the Cedar Breaks National Monument today. The first of 210+ cars arrived around 8:30am. It didn't take long until the visitor center parking lot was over run with all kinds of Model T's. It was a lot of fun to see this bit of history up close and personal. Right on schedule, our monsoons rolled in and had the cars on the move again, as most are open sided or no tops. What a fun morning!

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Jul 20, 2013 - Hail!

The afternoon monsoons rolled in again today. What a surprise when we hear tink, tink on the roof. It wasn't long before we couldn't even be heard over the noise overhead . The size of the hail was pea to dime size. Wow! We were a little concerned that the hail might crack the skylight in the tub or the covers on the fantastic fans. But all seems to be OK. Later that evening we were rewarded with a golden hue cast up the trees out in the meadow across from the rig. What a interesting day of weather.

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Jul 19, 2013 - Smokey Red Sunset

Tomorrow is my birthday, but today Len took me to Cedar Breaks to take in a play and dinner. We saw Twelve Angry Men at the Randall Theatre. Excellent play! Dinner was enjoyed at Milt's 5 miles up on Hwy 14 out of town. We split a dinner of Prime Rib, Salad Bar & Raspberry Cheese Cake. Yummy stuff! We got to sit next to the big window with hummingbird feeders. I have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place. Cheap entertainment! Coming back up Hwy 14 we could see the rain over Zion. I was so full from our dinner that I had to take a...

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Jul 12, 2013 - A day of weather...

We woke to blue skies this morning. Sunscreen was required at 10am, but by noon the clouds were gathering. A couple hours later the low clouds settled in and it rained. By sunset, the sky was full of different layers & types of clouds. It couldn't have been more perfect for an amazing sunset photo op. It was just ever changing and I didn't want the beautiful picture show to end. One of the joys of being at 10,400 is the quick changing weather up here. You've got to be prepared for it all!

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Jul 11, 2013 - Cascade Falls

Today we were going to go to Pine Valley to explore potential new tent camping spots. We were headed down Hwy 14 and noticed the very dark clouds in the distance. We decided plan B was in order, so we turned around to go explore Cascade Falls. By the time we arrived at the trailhead, the dark clouds were growing near. We hustled down the trail to check out the waterfall as the thunder was booming in the distance and wanted to get back before the sky opened up on us. We just made it! I'll have to say, the waterfalls was half the size it was...

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Jul 7, 2013 - July Shots

We're still trying to get caught up on our posts. It is 2:30pm, our chores are done and it's thundering and raining. A good time to do some more posts. This post is a variety of shots of fun things around the campground area. A day doesn't go by that we don't get a picture of something interesting. Hope you enjoy!

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Jul 2, 2013 - Mammoth Springs

We were off duty for 4 days and decided to go camping in the tent. It will be a one night shake down trip as we haven't used our tent camping gear since our trip to the White Rim in Oct 2012. We found this great camp site along Mammoth Creek a week ago and wanted to enjoy a relaxing day next to the river. It was a good thing we went for one day. The rain fly on our REI tent had a big rip in it. Probably from UV rays when we had it set up all summer in Colorado a couple of summers ago. The chance of afternoon monsoon rain passed and we slept...

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Jun 30, 2013 - June's Beautiful Things...

We have been working, 4 days on, 4 days off. It has been windy during the month of June up here at Cedar Breaks. But it hasn't stopped me from taking the camera with me on my walks around the campground and Visitor Center. Wanted to share some of the things I've seen during the month of June. It's getting beautiful up here.

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