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Jun 25, 2017 - Grand Junction, CO to Torrey, UT

Grand Junction to Torrey, UT Day 20: Saturday June 24, 2017 Note: The new a/c is performing as expected; when we arrived in Torrey the temperature in the trailer was 85 while the temperature outside was 89; we turned on the new a/c and in an hour the temp in the trailer was 70—what a relief. The time to reduce the temp with the old a/c would have been around four hours. We pulled out or our site in the Grand Junction KOA at 8:10 am. We stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop and fueled the truck; the listed credit price was $2.59, cash price was...

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May 1, 2017 - Capitol Reef National Park

Day 6 - We began our touring day at a flute shop just outside Torrey where the owner invited us into his workshop and demonstrated how his Native American flutes are made. It motivated me to want to get back to playing mine. The main feature of the day was a geology field trip to Capitol Reef National Park. Our Road Scholar info packet describes it this way: "A bold river flowing through a towering canyon, huge white domes topped by a brilliant blue sky, green beauty in a vast desert, seemingly mysterious formations carved by whimsical...

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Living Our Dream

Apr 30, 2017 - Grand Staircase-Escalante, Slot Canyon, Torrey

Day 5 (part 2) - After leaving Bryce Canyon we continued on Utah's Scenic Byway 12, which I consider one of the most spectacular drives in the country. It is also very memorable for me as it was the birthplace of Doug's famous "Oh, sh...!" roads. The year was 2000, it was Doug's first trip out west and he was having a little trouble driving our camper on some of the mountain roads without panicking. On this day we were driving peacefully along through a pretty forest when we came around a bend in the road to be greeted with a vast expanse...

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Living Our Dream

Apr 12, 2017 - Last Day

We went back into Capitol Reef NP yesterday to see the petroglyphs that are along UT 24 near the Fruita Historic District, one of several places where rock art figures are visible in the park. They were created by ancient Native Americans of the Fremont Culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately 600 to 1300 AD. The figures cover several rock panels with a diversity of images. Fremont pictographs (painted on rock surfaces) and petroglyphs (carved or pecked into the rock) depict people, animals and other shapes and forms....

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Apr 10, 2017 - It's Still Winter in Utah

The weather here in south-central Utah has been cold. Last night the temps got down to the mid-20's. We disconnected the water hose and when I went to connect it in the morning there was an icicle hanging off the end. I had to knock off the icicle and manipulate the hose to get the water flow. I guess I should have brought my heat-traced hose. We drove Utah Scenic Byway 12 yesterday. It travels 124 miles through some of the most diverse, remote, rugged, and beautiful landscapes in the country. It ends near Bryce Canyon National Park. Along...

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Apr 8, 2017 - Wind

We've been in Torrey, UT for 2 days now and the wind hasn't stopped blowing. It was blowing so hard this morning (0400) that I had to get up and bring the slide in to keep from loosing the slide cover which was flapping loudly and Winnie was rocking. It reminded me of Tropical Storm Bill 2 years ago in Texas. As I write this, I may have to retract the slide again. We visited Capitol Reef National Park yesterday. It's one of the Utah Mighty 5 and is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges of the Waterpocket Fold which a geologic...

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Apr 6, 2017 - Utah Scenic Byway 24

Our route out of Moab was on US 191. It's a long slow pull uphill almost all the way to I70. Winnie seemed to weather the climb well with the engine temperature never exceeding 210F. I think the repairs made in Flagstaff must have done the trick (at least I hope so). We traveled on I70 for about 35 miles to the exit for Utah 24,Scenic Byway 24. It's reported to be the longest state highway in Utah stretching for over 160 miles from I70 where we got on to just east of Salina, UT. The part the traverses Capitol Reef NP is called the Capitol...

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Nov 4, 2016 - Torrey UT

Thursday morning dawned with a balmy temperature of 28° so we were a bit slow to get started, but shortly after 10:00 we filled up the jeepster with gas and headed south on Hwy 12 to the town of Boulder where we took off on one of my tour guide’s patented off-road adventures on The Burr Trail then onto the Notom-Bullfrog Road. http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/grand_staircase_escalante/burr_trail.html I’m pretty sure she doesn’t mean to beat the Jeep and my spleen to a pulp when she comes up with these trips, but she sure has a knack...

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Nov 3, 2016 - Torrey UT

Wednesday’s drive from St. George to our current home in Torrey was pretty painless except for an episode of nasty winds going through a mountain pass on I-15 just north of St. George. The flags weren’t even rippling when we left the campground but 20 minutes up the road it became a white-knuckle death drive, but luckily it died out just before Cedar City for the rest of the 4 hour drive. In the last week we have gone from the glitz and glamour and lights of Vegas, to the booming town of 80,000 people in St. George, to Torrey with it’s 182...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Capital Reef NP

Capital Reef National Park is a 75 miles long and relatively narrow park encompassing most of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile long crease in the earth's crust that pushed the rocks upward to form cliffs with a low narrow passageway along their foot. The Fremont River runs through it, forming a river bottom of 40-50 acres that was settled by a few Mormon families in the 1880's. The cliffs are beautiful, and many natural arches are formed by erosion. Access was limited until 1962 when Rt 24 was built through the Waterpocket Fold along the...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Torrey, Utah

Today we traveled to Utah! The state line is only 19 miles from Fruita, so we started whooping it up soon after our trip started. Utah is the destination of our trip, after all! It was supposed to be a short day of 196 miles, but only 80 miles was on the interstate. We then traveled on Utah Route 24, a 2-lane, relatively narrow state highway, and there is road construction which stopped us twice for a total of about 40 minutes. It was a long drive and I was tired when we arrived. But Utah is gorgeous! I-70 left the banks of the Colorado...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Capitol Reef NP

Sep 25, 2016: It was 29 degrees this morning at Sunset Campground, Bryce Canyon NP. A quick trip to bathroom, a bowl of cold cereal and we were off for Capitol Reef NP near Torrey, UT. We traveled the Scenic rt 12 that took us through Escalante and Boulder Town. I just could not believe all the sandstone formations we passed by and then came to Dixie NF where we saw Aspen Trees with leaves of gold mixed among the evergreen trees. It was a welcome sight after all the rock and wasteland we have seen. But as the saying goes, "All good things...

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Trip West 2016

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