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Well we as a family have a tradition of camping on Thanksgiving, and have for over 30 years. Due to "life" we can't go this year so I'm on another solo trip the week before.

In the meantime I've a little poem to share.
As I sit here and prognosticate,
On the camping trip
for which I can't be late.
Just the thought of it
sends my heart all atwitter.
Oh how I love thee,
My little Outfitter.

There, now the goofiness is over and I feel better, for the moment. Hey, you try to get Outfitter to rhyme with something!

Looking for cliff dwellings is a fun thing to do, so I'll need an old map.
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Ist quick stop is Monument Valley, always a butte to see.
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As I pass the rock called Mexican Hat, and the town named the same,I wonder why they call it that?
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Ok, I was goofin there.
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Driving around behind the "hat" there are some multi-colored hills that remind me of dessert, like some kind of marble fudge cake maybe.
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The hat from the backside.
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The Whazoolander in a pose.
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Looking out over the San Juan River north of the town Mexican Hat.
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By the way, did I mention there are LOTS of pictures? I apologize up front here. Maybe you friends in the cold north country will feel warmer looking at them.

For the first night I'm making tracks for Butler Wash, just west of Bluff, Utah. Butler runs along Comb Ridge, a neat monocline with tons of smallish canyons and lots of ruins. I make it just before sundown.
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As I spend the first night in the Outback I have to laugh at myself. I'm watching Ironman on my little flat screen to the light and heat of my new Wave 3 heater. How tough camping is compared to the people who's dwellings I'm looking for. The Wave 3 install was copied from a real nice guy on the Outfitter website and I am real happy with it!
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The 1st thing I see in the morning is what's left of the old Mormon "Honeymoon" trail to St. George, Utah. These folks were into marriage in a big way and put lots of work into getting there. But I have to ask, what's wrong with Vegas? I mean like there's already a major road there and everything...
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Lower Butler Wash in the morning.
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Walking up the wash I'm looking for petroglyphs. Specifically the "Wolfman" panel. Wasn't he in American Graffiti? Must be really old by now, him and...Dick Clark. There is water in the wash here and to cross you have to find a beaver dam to walk over. I feel like knocking to see if anybody's home.
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A wee bit of walking takes me there. I put myself in these pictures for scale. Maybe I should call them "Old Man Walking" Panel or something.
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It's named Wolfman Panel for the 2 paw prints on either side of the panel.
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And yes, those are bullet holes in the panel. They look quite old and I figure they may have been put there by some old cowboys back before the pictographs meant anything to most people. At least that's my story.
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Of course some of the images are open to interpretation. Is that an Anasazi happy face on the left??
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1st petroglyph of a kid saying "Hi Mom!"
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Later in the day I'm getting skunked (not like Bear, see previous trip report) looking for some major ruins. No marked trailheads to get a guy started or anything. So I climb Comb Ridge for lunch. My wife told me last week she's signed us up for another marathon, our second, and I figure today is the 1st day of training. What a climb! And the views are of forever.
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This is why the quads are on fire. This monocline is definitely no patsycline!
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The San Juan Mountains of Colorado are in the far distance.
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Looking south I see the highway and barely in the distance Monument Valley.
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Looking north towards Natural Bridges National Park and somewhere along the band of cliffs in the distance is where I'll spend tomorrow night.
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Next day I'm still looking for those darn ruins. While traipsing thru some tall brush I startle and am startled by 3 Godzilla size turkeys, between 5 & 6 ft. tall! I mean when they poked their heads up to look at me we were almost eye to eye and I was thinking...RUN! I'm also thinking the Pilgrims landed on the wrong side of the country for Thanksgiving as these 3 birds would have feed them all winter. Not being able to get their picture, I took one of their tracks.
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And finally, there they are, looking like quite the home of monarchs under the cliff.
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Getting over to them is also a thrill, having to walk a narrow band of rock. The folks that lived here must not have had good Tevas and so had to chisel little traction holes in the rock.
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As I hike to more ruins I am trying to think like the Ancient Indians, walk quietly like they did. In other words get in the Anasazi frame of mind. My Indian underwear too, is getting in on the act, as it quitely creeps up on me from behind. Wish it would stop that. (No, no picture.)

The next set of dwellings where on a smaller scale, but the appearance in photographs is amazing. Due to a trick of the light and my superior knowledge of photography I was able to capture the look of the flaming roof. By the way, I think my f-stop doesn't work as it goes straight to "g." I'll have to buy a new f-stop I guess.
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Bumbling down a road I picked off the topo you never really know what to expect. I was hoping for an overlook to Comb Ridge, and boy was I impressed. I had lunch yesterday on one of those peaks in the distance!
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Talk about a room with a view...
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And just what does Whazoo do with his time you might ask...he entertains himself of course.
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And while sitting there having an evening beverage, I noticed just across the way, ruins I didn't even know were there. What an excellent bonus to this road. These are tower type dwellings.

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Like I say, thinking like an Anasazi I am wondering about water as none is close. With a little bit of exploring I find a crack in the rock, that leads to water...and more ruins. As I climb down, it just keeps getting better all the time.
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In fact the whole area under the towers leaks water.
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Views from the towers to the truck.
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These dwellings here are right under my camp spot, who knew?
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Looking at the inside of the walls I see 800-900 year old handprints where they packed the mud into the rock walls. I never knew history was so "hands on."
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When I saw this entry I knew it was the women's restroom. So that's where McDonalds got their women's room sign, don't you think?
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I figured this was the mens water closet, with toilet paper still available.
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A few other views of these and one other set of dwellings.
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So far on this trip I am feeling blessed and lucky. Like I have my little lucky charm working for the Whazoo. In fact...I brought my own lucky charm in hopes it would work.
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Now I'm heading up White Canyon to Cheesebox Road. After 3 hours of hiking 1 way, I did reach the ruins in the area, only to run out of time to get down to them, but here are a few pictures of the area.
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Setting up for an evening fire I am amazed at how quickly it gets cold just after the sun goes down. I mean it went from 70 to 69 in about a second, causing me to put on a sweater, the result of many years living in Phoenix. I could no longer be an Anasazi. Just so you know, it did hit 30 degrees in the night and thanks to having 2 heaters, I did survive.

Next stop, yes there is more, is North Wash, above Lake Powell. A spot visited before in a Jeep, AND, the 1 place in mind when I bought this wonder truck and camper. I am finally back to spend the night. The Henry Mountains are behind me on the way in.
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We have camped at the base of the distant pass, on our way Jeeping to the Maze District of Canyonlands, and looked this way, knowing the view that was here.
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The great road in degrades to sandy jeep road, and gives reason for my hesitating pulse on some hill sections on the way out.
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Going south after 1 night on the edge of the known world, I am entering Whazoo Canyon.
(After seeing trip reports with much signage, I too am wanting to get in on the act!)
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In the land of many canyons, the bridge over the Dirty Devil Whazoo River looks futuristic and out of place, yet very very cool. Where are the Jetsons?
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NEXT STOP, 2nd to last, are we glad?
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A beautiful evening before another great walk-about.
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Now these are some cliff dwellings, oh yeah, what a "wow" factor! And a real booger to get to. Look just below the very top rock for the dwellings. In this picture what doesn't show is that the knoll the ruins are on, are not part of the canyon wall behind them. You'll see..
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These granaries, for the ruins, a person could walk over and not know they were there if you came in from any other direction. My Lucky Charms are still working.
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This "bridge" is necessary to cross, just don't look down.
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Check out the evenness of the rocks! These folks were good builders. And I'm thinking that as they sat up here and read their novels of intrigue, well they were called "cliff hangers." (Sorry for that)
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Where's pizza delivery?
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Wood lintels still in great shape. A testament to dry climate.
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I've always wanted to tip a huge boulder, now's my chance.
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Looking at the bridge back.
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And the climb up, no slipping allowed.
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Now for the last stop, I promise, no really. I almost always hit Muley Point looking over Monument Valley. And strange, but last time here the view was clouded by haze from california fires. This time as well, the Lucky Charms must be wearing thin and it's time to go home.
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The top of the Moki, I mean Whazoo Dugway is the way down from the canyons.
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View on a better day...Valley of the Gods to the distant left. And believe it or not, a bed & breakfast down just below me. I carry my B&B with me, as do we all.
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So I'm hoping this wasn't too much of a report, the scenery is fantastic and the pictures take themselves. I have so much respect for these people and their very hard lives, as I camp in TC luxury, and I will try not to complain so much for my hard times. Hopefully all the pictures haven't "ruined" you, next time maybe some slot canyons.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Rogers





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Posted: 11/26/08 10:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cool photos! Thanks for posting.
Brad


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couldn't resist - rhymes with Outfitter: (now I will go and look at the pictures, rhymes courtesy of Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes)

outfitter •bitter, committer, critter, embitter, emitter, fitter, flitter, fritter, glitter, gritter, hitter, jitter, knitter, litter, permitter, pitta, quitter, remitter, sitter, skitter, slitter, spitter, splitter, submitter, titter, transmitter, twitter, witter •drifter, grifter, lifter, shifter, sifter, snifter, uplifter •constrictor, contradictor, depicter, dicta, evictor, inflicter, predictor, victor •filter, kilter, philtre (US philter), quilter, tilter •Jacinta, midwinter, Minter, Pinta, Pinter, printer, splinter, sprinter, tinter, winter •sphincter •assister, ballista, bistre (US bister), blister, enlister, glister, lister, mister, resistor, Sandinista, sister, transistor, tryster, twister, vista •trickster •minster, spinster •hipster, quipster, tipster •cohabiter • arbiter • presbyter •exhibitor, inhibitor, prohibiter •Manchester • Chichester • Silchester •Rochester • Colchester •creditor, editor, subeditor •auditor • Perdita • taffeta • shopfitter •forfeiter • outfitter • counterfeiter •register • marketer •cricketer, picketer •Alistair • weightlifter • filleter •fillister • shoplifter •diameter, heptameter, hexameter, parameter, pentameter, tetrameter •Axminster • Westminster •limiter, perimeter, scimitar, velocimeter •accelerometer, anemometer, barometer, gasometer, geometer, manometer, micrometer, milometer, olfactometer, optometer, pedometer, photometer, pyrometer, speedometer, swingometer, tachometer, thermometer •Kidderminster • janitor •banister, canister •primogenitor, progenitor, senator •administer, maladminister, minister, sinister •monitor • per capita • carpenter •spanakopita • Jupiter • trumpeter •character • barrister • ferreter •teleprinter •chorister, forester •interpreter, misinterpreter •capacitor • ancestor • Exeter •stepsister •elicitor, solicitor •babysitter • house-sitter • bull****ter •competitor • catheter • harvester •riveter • banqueter • non sequitur •loquitur •inquisitor, visitor •compositor, expositor


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Posted: 11/26/08 10:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jeez Dave, now you've gone and done it! I've got to add all those new places and changed names to my GPS [emoticon]

Dave, you are the guy that will hold the morale of all the members here intact through to the end of the Great Depression [emoticon][emoticon][emoticon]

Looking forward to meeting you sooner rather than later!

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Dave, thanx for sharing. Entertaining as always and way kewl!
I so want to see ruins some day, thanks for convincing me!

Happy T-day (even if you won't be camping)

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Thanks for sharing those incredible photos. You take us way way back beyond where most of us go. Incredible!


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Posted: 11/26/08 11:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Brad!

Vintage, Aw Man...now I have to write another verse. Who knew there were sooo many things that rhymed with Outfitter. Thanks for keeping me busy this weekend.

Hi Silver and Mrs. Dune, I don't know Silver, if you're a more serious natured person you might see me AS the Great Depression. And you know I look forward to meeting you both someday!

Thanks Billtex, and you and yours have a great T-Day as well. See you at the ruins!

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The Great Whazoo does it again with a very entertaining trip report. Thanks for the great pics & the good laugh while I'm sitting in my 5vr at the Oregon Coast.


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Posted: 11/26/08 11:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I really enjoyed the photos. I am looking forward to taking similar trips.

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Fantastic pictures and trip, Dave. Thanks.


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