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May 19, 2013 - Natural Bridges NM

May 19, 2013 We got a late start this morning as we went out to breakfast with Jim and JoDee. Finally got away around 10:00 and then fueled up at $3.79 a gallon. Headed south out of Moab for Blanding, we are staying in a small RV park here as it is the closest place to Natural Bridges National Monument. There are three bridges in the park Sipapu, Kachina, Owachomo, these are all Hopi names. A natural bridge is formed through erosion by water flowing in the stream bed of the canyon. During periods of flash floods, particularly, the stream...

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Mar 14, 2013 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Day 60 (am temp 36.3) Natural Bridges National Monument Choices, choices. Do I just drive the 9 mile loop and have a nice relaxing day of seeing the “bridges”, or go for a little hike? Even the hike has options: the “two bridge” loop, or the “three bridge” loop – the Whole Thing, as referenced by park staff. Have you ever put yourself in a situation, and then began to wonder why? Eight miles is doable. The climb down is doable. Following a river is doable. Right? Right. I have to say, the journey down the side of the cliff was really much...

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Mar 13, 2013 - Monument Valley to Natural Bridges National Monument

Day 13 (am temp 35.6) Monument Valley to Natural Bridges National Monument Mostly travel day, with a couple pix. Interesting landscape along the way. Recall Larry – Navaho tour guide – telling us that students used to ride the bus all the way from Monument Valley to Blanding to go to school, until a new high school was built on the reservation. Had to do a little scouting around to find a place to park the trailer, as the “Bridges” CG could only accommodate up to a combined length of only 24 feet - which is about enough room for just the...

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Oct 23, 2012 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Our next destination was Natural Bridges National Monument, a few hours south and west of Arches. It, too, is a small place with three natural bridges visible from a loop drive. Unlike an arch, a bridge requires the erosion of moving water, usually when a river meanders with large loops, almost folding back on itself. Over time, the riverbed erodes downward, leaving a thin rock wall in the middle of the loop. Flood water scours the rock wall on both sides, and eventually the river breaks through, seeking the shorter path. With more time and...

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Sep 4, 2012 - Capitol Reef & Nat Bridge

Capitol Reef National Park is unique. I think it is mostly brownish sandstone. However it is no less spectacular. There are many canyons. We walked into one for about 1/2 mile. It was about 100 yards across. You could just imagine the river rushing through and carving out the canyon. In fact there were warnings about not going into the canyon if there was a threat of a flash flood. Then we drove thru Glen Canyon which was amazing in itself. I named two buttes in the distance as the twin butts but Kay didn't get the joke. (I got it, but, no...

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May 9, 2012 - Cool Rock and Old Ruins

Warning!!! More Ruins and Cool Rock Pictures. Yesterday we visited Hovenweep National Monument. Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. These are not the typical cliff dwellings, with masonry tucked into caves. These were more of the free standing. The hike was very pretty and required some vertical ascents/descents. The ancestral Puebloans (aka Anasazi) prepared their land for cultivation much like farmers do today. I found it interesting that they built terraces on...

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Apr 15, 2012 - Capitol Reef to Natural Bridges National Monument & Tour

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Capitol Reef to Natural Bridges National Monument It got cold (35) in the early morning hours, and I shut the window at the head of my bed, but that still didn’t stop the screams of joy from the little ones camping around me. After taking Zack out and preparing my morning coffee, I took a last look at the map and got ready to leave. Luckily, this campground has a dump station and potable water to fill my fresh water tank, so we did that before leaving. By 11 O’clock, we were on the road and headed down Hwy 24...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument - BLM Overflow Camping

The 140 mile trip from Torrey down to Natural Bridges National Monument was another magnificent journey with eye-popping views around every corner. We encountered a lot of grades, both up and down, but again the Mothership handled them very well. Allison does make a great transmission. We are staying in a parking lot called the BLM overflow campground which is about seven miles from Natural Bridges NM. Nothing over 26 feet can stay in the monument campground. We were alone until late afternoon when about 10 more rigs showed up, almost all...

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May 1, 2011 - Natural Bridges National Monument - WOW in Capitals for sure

We left our KOA-Mesa Verda accommadation in Cortez, Colorado and headed south/west on Highway #160. Our first stop of the day was at “The Four Corners National Monument.” This where the four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet as each state is relatively at right angles to each other (apparently the only place in the whole of USA where 4 states meet). We entered Navajo territory again and paid our $3.00 each at the tribal gate to enter the area that symbolized the spot where four states meet. We walked towards the 30 x 30...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Ten Commandments of Camping

1. Thou shalt only camp in ACTUAL camper locations (as obvious as that may be). 2. Thou shalt NOT gather wood. 3. ‘Do NOT bust the crust.’ In other words…STAY ON THE TRAIL.’ (hikers and drivers) (4. Thou shalt follow good driving rules. PULL over when you are slower than those following you. USE signals when necessary, do NOT brake at every opportunity, if you are a blue BUICK, try to approach the speed limits…. 5. Thou shalt practice GOOD photography etiquette. Don’t HOG the view or sit in the PIC. 6. Even if you are a born American,...

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Oct 26, 2010 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Ok, I could not visit Arches NP and not visit Natural Bridges NM. Oh you say they are all the same, nay, nay. Natural bridges are formed by the erosive action of moving water. Arches are formed by other erosional (Lamesa High word) forces, mainly frost action and seeping moisture. However erosional (word for the day) forces also work to enlarge natural bridges once stream erosion forms them. This is the reason I came to Natural Bridges NM, to watch the erosional forces.

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Apr 10, 2010 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Today we decided to head toward Lake Powell and see what it looked like from this direction. We also decided that since Natural Bridges National Monument was on the way, we would stop there first. On the drive home we decided that was the smartest thing we did. Lake Powell at Hall's Crossing isn't nearly as magnificent as it was from Page, Arizona. Our first stop, however, wasn't Natural Bridges. We came across a sign to the Mule Canyon Anasazi Site so we decided to stop there. We were certainly glad we did. This site was initially...

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