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Apr 15, 2017 - A Visit to the Sahara

We drove to the Sahara today, at least the Little Sahara Recreation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is a large area of sand dunes, hills and sagebrush flats located in the northeast corner of the Sevier Desert. The Little Sahara sand dunes are remnants of a large river delta formed by the Sevier River from about 12,500 to 20,000 years ago. The area is one of the most popular locations in Utah for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding. It turns out that Easter weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Local news...

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Apr 13, 2017 - Windy

The wind started blowing this morning and continued all day. With the wind came dust. We went to the Topaz War Relocation Center Museum in Delta and then took a ride to the actual site about 15 miles west of town. Today was a good day for the visit because it allowed us to see what it would have been like for the Americans of Japanese descent to live on this high desert location during WWII. In addition to Japanese-Americans, the Topaz War Relocation Center also housed immigrants who had come to the United States from Japan. There were 10...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Central Utah

We left Torrey and traveled northeast across Central Utah along UT 24 and US 50. US 50 is another of those US highways we've traveled before on previous trips, but never this section through Utah. We'll be retuning to US 50 later in this trip when we get to Kansas in July. Just before we got to Delta, we saw a Utah State Police car with lights flashing coming up the middle of US 50 forcing us to stop. He was the lead car for a wide load traveling east on the highway and asked us to pull of the road as far as possible to allow the 20 ft....

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Aug 28, 2014 - Delta, Utah

Delta is in Millard county in west central Utah - what a scenic and varied area. We dug for trilobite fossils in a shale quarry about 30 miles west of town. Trilobites were early crab-like creatures who lived in the ancient sea that covered this area 550 million years ago. Thanks you, Lee Ann, for the recommendation! We found lots of large and small trilobites and imprints of their shells trapped in layers of shale in a fun morning of digging. In the afternoon, we drove 30 minutes north of Delta to the Little Sahara, an Bureau of Land...

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2014 Western Trip

Sep 23, 2013 - Delta, UT - Antelope Valley RV Park

It was 158 miles from Ely, NV to Delta, UT including a detour to Great Basin National Park. The drive was very similar to our previous trip, going up and down the mountains and through the valleys of high desert. US 50 through Nevada is some of the best road we have traveled this summer. It's only two-lane most of the time but is very wide with plenty of shoulder and very, very smooth pavement, which the Mothership appreciates very much! The second we passed into Utah, the road became substantially narrower and rougher - the good times were...

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May 8, 2013 - On to Road to Great Basin National Park

Today we left the Moab area, taking the scenic route along the Colorado River. The Colorado here is mostly wide and calm. It’s been raining and very cloudy so as we passed through Castle Valley we could only see very truncated castles along the way. The road crosses the Colorado at the site of the former Dewey Bridge, a wooden suspension bridge that was in operation from 1916 to 1986. It was the second longest wooden suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. It was “accidentally” set on fire in 1986. You can still see the supports dangling...

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Sep 29, 2012 - Delta UT

They call it the San Rafael Reef, a 30-mile-long barrier, a sandstone wall at the eastern edge of nowhere. For centuries, only the most intrepid travelers found their way through its narrow slot canyons and into the forbidding landscape of the San Rafael Swell. The early Spanish Explorers detoured 20 miles north to avoid this wall. Then in 1957, Congress decided to increase the nation’s interstate highway system. I-70 would be built though the San Rafael Swell, cutting through the Reef. Here at Spotted Wolf, workers could stand in the...

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Jun 6, 2012 - Delta, Utah

We arrived in Delta, Utah about 5:30pm this evening. It was actually 6:30pm, as we are now on Mountain time. After getting set up we unhooked the truck & took it down to wash off all the bugs, raindrops & dirt in general. Whew, it was a mess. Certainly looks much better now. After fueling up we headed back home & reheated leftover spaghetti for dinner. Funny how it tastes even better the second time around. Picks up all that flavor I guess. It was an easy drive today, not much traffic. We were surprised to see a number of new wind/power...

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Aug 9, 2011 - Delta, Utah....heading east....

Travel day.... Left Tonamah, Nevada this morning and drove across high desert all day. Across a wide expanse of desert, over some mountains or hills, and repeat. Interesting and pretty but it could get old after a while. I'm not burned out on it yet since it is so new to me. Amazing to go so far and see so few other vehicles. We're taking the "road less traveled"! Saw a few horses in the distance...not sure if they're wild or just out on the range. Saw some cattle...but not a lot...and mostly in the distance....and seemed to be near...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Delta UT 6/17/2011

We drove today west thru Utah. On interstate 70, it was 110 miles between towns and between filling stations or any civilization such as restaurants. We drove up to 7700' and down to the Green River Valley, up to mountains above Eagle Canyon and down to another valley at about 4700'. We saw rounded rocks, red rock spires, white rocks, rivers, creeks, forests, wildflowers, and the snow capped peaks of the Pahvant Range before stopping in Delta which is a cattle, dairy, farming area about 95 miles from the Nevada Border.

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May 13, 2011 - Trilobite Hunting

We spent a wonderful day with our rock picks and shovels excavating for trilobite fossils at the Wheeler Shale site in western Utah. This area is one of the best known areas for finding trilobites from the mid-Cambrian era around 500 million years ago. About 8 species are particularly dominant in the Wheeler Shale deposit. The typically range from 1/4 inch to 2 inches in size. Trilobites are a very interesting and important fossil. The represent the first complex multi-cellular animal that we find in the fossil record arising abound 675...

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May 24, 2009 - Sunstones

On our way to search for sun stones we stopped by the old Fort Dessert. There is not much there, but it was still very interesting. The girls thought it was a huge house with tiny windows! We found Sunstone Knoll and then began our search for stones. Jon, Kristina and the girls marched up the hill so they could work down. As I was to learn, there stones are just laying on the ground. All we had to do was bend over and pick them up. We came away with quite a haul. After lunch we drove clear out to Topaz Mountain. Our search for garnet was...

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