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Oct 26, 2014 - Grand Staircase NM - Enjoying Some Time At Home

(Ron Writing) After several days of driving and sightseeing we needed some time to stay home and relax. Yesterday I worked on the large backlog of blog postings and did some other odd jobs. Elena did some cooking and cleaning. It was a bit windy today and we had some fine dust blowing around. At least it wasn’t hot so we could keep the house closed up during the time when the wind was really picking up the dust. Today, Sunday we had another relaxing day at home. I finally got caught up with blogs and photo processing. Elena made biscuits...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Grand Staircase NM - Hole in the Rock

(Ron Writing) In 1879 Brigham Young called upon a group of settlers from south central Utah to pull-up roots and move to the largely unsettled area around the San Juan River in southeast Utah. There were only two ways to get there; take a long route that made a large loop to the north, or take a long route that made a large loop to the south. The pioneers that answered the call decided to find, or make, a new more direct route. They rendezvoused at Escalante, the last settlement before heading off to the southeast across a very harsh and...

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Oct 23, 2014 - Grand Staircase NM - Death-Box Hollow & Hell's Backbone

(Ron Writing) This morning we drove over to the Hole-in-the-Rock Heritage Center operated by the Mormons. This very nice small museum and interpretive center tells the story of the Mormon expedition that headed out into wild unsettled, and largely unexplored, area of southeast Utah east of Escalante. Today’s photos will give you a good overview of what these brave determined people faced and conquered. For us it added some perspective to the relatively minor challenges we think we face some days. A very nice man and woman staffing the...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument - Heading South to Our Next Adventure

(Ron Writing) This morning we hitched up, stopped by the orchard to pick a few more apples, stopped by the Gifford Homestead store to buy another cinnamon roll and three loaves of delicious fresh-baked breads (whole wheat, multi-grain, and wild rice), and then headed west on UT-24 to Torrey, UT and then south on UT-12 to Escalante, UT. We drove about half of this route last week when we went on the long day trip to Boulder, the Burr Trail, and Notom Road. The route between Boulder and Escalante is also very spectacular. There are some very...

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Mar 22, 2013 - rockhound heaven

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was established in 1996 and is the first to be administered by the Bureau of Land Management. When we looked at its 1.9 million acres on the map, we hardly knew where to start. This was the last place in the United States to be mapped. Paved highways border the north and south, but most of the interior is some sort of gravel/dirt/sand/rock road. We have a 4-wheel drive Jeep, but when we don't know anything about an area and read that it is so remote there are no cell signals, we feel a bit...

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