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Aug 31, 2018 - Panguitch, UT

/// August 31, 2018 A Travel Day: Woke to a quiet morning, we packed up and were on the road by 7:30 am. Our route today would take us south on US189 to Provo and then south on I-15 to Jct. of Hwy 20. Then up over the mountains to Jct. of Hwy 89 south to Panguitch. The road conditions today were very good. The traffic was heavy in the vicinity of Provo but no real issues. We stopped to rest the horses twice, still we very good time and we arrived in Panguitch by 12:30 pm. We covered a distance of 235 miles, one of our longer trips...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Canyons

The temperature was in the high 40’s & it was lightly raining but Utah’s Parks were calling. Heading out at noon we decided to drive the Scenic #12 from Panguitch to Henrieville. We were told it was rated #2 in the world as a scenic byway only outnumbered by one in New Zealand. The first wow was the 2 tunnels through Red Canyon which itself was an amazing red Claron limestone cut with hoodoos & spires. The stunning red spires against the now blue skies & dotted with green evergreens was so beautiful & somehow quietening. We travelled...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Loneliest Road

We left off at Virginia City & the Train portion of the trip. Since then we drove the Nevada Section of Hwy 50 known as "The Loneliest Road in America." There is a passport that you get stamped at each of the towns you pass through, of which there are only 7 in the 320 miles. Austin was quite an experience entering & exiting at 30 mph tight turns on 6% grades.The population here was 194. Fallon was 8,400 & Ely where we spent the night at the Prospector Hotel & Gambling Hall RV park was 4,042. These are not large towns! This road follows...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Nevada Thru Arizona to Utah

Well we waited out the wind & were able to leave Las Vegas with almost no wind. Leaving Las Vegas was a little challenging though. You may remember when we were leaving Elkhart, IN, Judi didn't like the gps directions to go thru Michigan so we drove thru Elkhart - no freeways - took us an hour or more. Well, this morning we followed the gps & instead of taking us on the freeways that were there it took us on Boulder Hwy thru Las Vegas - took us an hour to get out of Las Vegas. Judi felt vindicated. Ha! It was another 3 state day. That's...

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Sep 10, 2016 - Grand Canyon

One last trip before we head home....Grand Canyon North Rim! Leaving Utah, we headed into Arizona going to the Grand Canyon North Rim. I dreaded the ride but found it to be so beautiful that the ride was well worth it. As we traveled out of Utah the first thing we noticed as we immediately crossed into Arizona, there was a liquor store. As you may be aware Mormons do not drink stimulants. There are liquor stores in Utah but they are state owned and far between. The trip was through a desolate area but so stark and beautiful and flat. Then...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Starry starry night

Leaning back and looking up on a clear night like last night you can understand why Van Gogh painted his starry starry night. The sky was so clear and dark as the stars started to shine almost one at a time. The first actual constellation I identified was the big dipper and it was so bright and distinct I could have dipped it in water and poured it out. Then gradually the milky way (not the candy bar) , began to be visible. It was like a huge rainbow across the sky and clusters of tiny stars creating a shiny sparkly blur. It is so hard to...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Weather and work

After arriving in Panguitch and some time had passed with beautiful weather of sunny days and cool nights, the weather changed. News reports informed us that this was monsoon season. Who knew? On the good side, they say they have not had as much rain as usual but it certainly has had a pretty steady afternoon rain pattern. Yesterday after work we took a fifty mile ride to Antimony to get a hamburger (still hard to believe) some people said was the best burger around. We arrived at the Merc-- many cities have a "Merc" short for mercantile--...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Capitol Reef Adventure

This National Park was on the bucket list. Less traveled but every bit as beautiful as Zion or Arches. This park's rock formations challenge your imagination ttyl identify and, yes, misidentify what you are viewing. Let's see, is it a cocker spaniel? A skunk? No, it might be Trump. Rock Slide! There is a very high color contrast which makes it unique. Also, this park has water which enabled early pioneers to plant fruit trees. These exist today. You may. walk these small groves picking and eating the fruit. For a small fee you can pick some...

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Aug 25, 2016 - Zion

Yesterday was a visit to Zion. We decided on this as we had been putting it off all summer since the temperature was running over 100 degrees and they had rain hard enough to flash flood and then the rocks fell in the road blocking the highway. Yesterday the weather forecast was good with a little lower temperature and kids back in school led us to believe there would not be such big crowds. Overall all this worked out for us so we headed down. We entered Zion from what might be considered the back door as the main entry and visitor center...

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Aug 21, 2016 - Garfield County Fair

A Utah county fair is unlike any fair I've ever been to. First, there are no rides at this kind of fair. We didn't get to see all of it as we worked over the weekend and Friday evening there was some rain that made us whimp out on going which we regretted later. There was a Mountain Man Challenge that included shooting, archery, knife and tomahawk throwing, and wildlife identification; atv training; Dutch Oven cook off; beautiful baby contest; horse shoe tournament; pet look alike contest, and I think you get the idea by now. We did make...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Snippets of daily life

Crazy things people say in the Visitor center Visitor: Does it snow here? Answer: Yes. Visitor: what color are the rocks when it snows? Visitor: where can I buy the cheapest gas? Remember how dry Utah is. Visitor: where Can I hike by water? Answer: Tennessee New arrival yesterday--Dude and Poot--We now have New neighbors at our campsite. Names are not so unusual when you know they are forestry horses. Dude is a beautiful golden color with a platinum mane and Poot is a dark rich brown with a black mane. Very cool to see the US brand on...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Life continues

I left off last weekend before we saw the fireworks on the 4th. Our campsite is up on a small hill at the end of town and gave us the perfect view of the fireworks right from our 'front yard'. It starts to get dark about 9 o'clock but is really dark about 10. For early risers getting up the next day at 6am for work that was a late start.(I'm certain as I'm getting older I'm reverting to childhood bedtime) Especially for a little town like Panguitch with a population of 1600, they put on a great fireworks show. We oohed and ahhed through it...

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