Many excellent photos you have posted and well written story, you were smart in following your instinct in getting out of that area while you could. Will be looking forward to more of your trip reports.
Wonderful trip report Steve. It is a lovely part of the world. As I sit here I am looking at one of those Fatali photos on the wall above the TV. I think we got it from his gallery in Page AZ. PS - visited Glen Canyon Dam in '97 and '00 and I don't think you were allowed to drive over the dam back then either - If I remember it appeared to have a grass lawn on the roof of the turbine hall.
I'd be thinking quite hard before trying those sandy tracks in my light-weight SRW camper, so you are braver than me to tackle it in a heavy DRW rig. The trees are why my stove vent looks exactly like yours
Thanks again for a great report.
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Great report!! You probably already know this, but many of those cross-wise bedding planes are from fossilized sand dunes. Usually, in sedimentary rock, the layers are parallel -- but in Utah, there are some places where a dune field formed, the wind shifted, more dunes formed on top of the old ones, and then the whole thing was buried so that the sand was cemented, preserving the dunes.
Then the "overburden" was eroded away, and then a stream sliced down through the fossil dunes, giving us a cross-section of the old dune fields.
(This geology stuff is really useful -- I have used it to put my family to sleep for many years, saving a bundle on sleeping pills.)
Hi Steve. What a treat to travel along with you, in your road trip trip report. As an initial trip report (Part III), you certainly shine there and your numerous pictures, with accompanying narratives provides context to your adventure. Like you, I have whacked the heck out of my Stove Vent and luckily it was fixable. If I do it again, I will just delete it and replace with a blank face plate. I can certainly understand your concern for the safety of your $12K Cannon lens, as it would be difficult to replace. Sorry to read of your awning as this is one of the reasons I opted out of having one on my slide. I certainly like your attitude for adventure, wanting to go around the next bend, tempered with knowing when to back off. Best of all, your willingness to go with the flow and change your destinations, accordingly.
thanks for taking the time/effort to post a TR which brings back many fond memories of our trip a couple years back.
as a side note not intended as a hijack,i absolutely LOVE this part of the country and wonder if anyone out there might have had this "NUTTY" thought when visiting: my only complaint was,drum roll please,the scenery was so spectacular it didn't look real.i told my wife on many occassions that it looks like a painting it's so perfect it can't possibly be real.has anyone had such a thought or am i the only nut out there.
Thanks for the taking us all along. I enjoy your eye for pictures.
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profdant139 - I am a geologist, must be part of the reason I am attracted to the nicely exposed rocks (formations). The aeolian deposits explain the road. If the source is petrified desert dunes then the deposit will be soft desert sands.
bka0721 - bought the lens many years ago, was much cheaper at the time. Will post my first mod soon. I put tie downs in to secure the lens first thing when I got back. Then sewed up the awning and sealed it with Gorilla tape. Then ripped it again on a column getting into my rented covered storage. (Really big sigh!) Do like the awning though, protects the top slide out seal from accumulated debris when the slide is out.
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