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Posted: 10/29/07 04:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a digital camera, you can take "freehand" stereo pictures. That will show the depth and beauty of the canyons like no single picture can. You then place the pictures side by side and view them with naked eyes to see them in 3D. PM me and I'll tell you how and show you some examples.
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Posted: 10/29/07 04:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Ted great pics looks like a hikers dream out there. Another place to go after my Alaska trip maybe. Were are the kayaks I thought you and the wife were more into the water sport. By the way did you get the delam fixed on your camper yet or is that yet to be done


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Great pix! I love that country and am always amazed that rocks come in so many vivid colors. Did you know that you passed right by the largest "tree" known? Pando (Google it) is heavier and has more wood that The General Sherman giant sequoia in California, normally considered the world's largest tree. Pando is a 7-acre clone of quaking aspen with 15,000 some trunks arising from a common root system stimulated by fires over many thousands of years. It all depends on how one defines tree.

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Great pics and a fine monologue. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to future updates.


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OK HERE'S MORE

Route 12 from Bryce Canyon climbs through the Dixie National Forest to 9800ft Roundup Flats passing several promising looking National Forest CGs and many more promising looking boondocking opportunities. On the way to the pass we passed the Kiva Coffee House. Not one willing to pass up a good cup of Java we checked it out and found a delightful little coffee house and restaurant.

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We stopped there for lunch and I highly recommend it. On the way again the last 600 or so vertical feet to Roundup Flats proved challenging but beautiful.

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Route 12 runs through Escalante National Monument which is administered by the BLM. Lots of canyons visible from the Highway. We saw only one developed CG, but many wilderness roads and we intend to go back some day and check out the hiking and boondocking. The BLM website is nowhere near as comprehensive as a typical National Park website so if anyone has any sources of good info on Escalante please let me know.

We only had one day to spend in Capitol reef. Arriving late afternoon Cheryl & hiked a couple of miles to the visitor center and a view of this Kafkaesque feature called the "Castle".

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The Capitol Reef CG is located in an old Mormon Orchard and you can fight off the deer and pick your own apples. It's an OK Campground in a very dark park but the spaces are a little close and they left the Restroom lights on all night which kinda detracted from the night sky viewing.

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There are many hiking trails in Capitol Reef, but you can still see a lot of the features of Capitol Reef just driving through the park.

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Including petroglyphs.

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And the Grand Wash, a 2.5 Mile hike along a wash through towering canyon walls. The waterborne stones in the second picture are about 12 feet above the floor of the wash so you maybe don't want to hike it when there are thunderstorms in the area. The third picture is just to show that not all of Utah is red.

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Sunday we headed on up to Arches National Park in Moab.

The Three Gossips
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MORE LATER.

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MrTree wrote:

Did you know that you passed right by the largest "tree" known? Pando


I knew that about Aspens but had no idea we were close to the largest, I'll have to check that out next trip. We did hike to a 1600 year old Bristlecone Pine in Arches NP and that was pretty cool.

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Man I need to get out there and do some rock climbing. Killer pictures, makes me want to go there bad!


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More nice photos, Ted. Thanks. Particularly enjoyed your description of the 'Castle' as Kafkaesque.


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You talked us into going from Montana to Pheonix by way of Utah instead of Nevada. Thanks
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Thanks for posting, Out west is on our agenda but not for awhile. These photos will surly make her want to go even more.


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