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Alex and Julie's Roamps to Utah-part2

Escalante to Moab, June 03,2008
Part2 pictures

For those who missed PART1

The sun peeking over distant mountain warming the morning chill, coffee filled the air with its aroma waking up two sleepy campers.
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A rabbit searches for a morning meal to ward off hunger.
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After a simple breakfast it was time to get going. Last night we had decide to take in Anasazi Indian State Park in Boulder.
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Leaving our beautiful site 37 deg. 43' 22"N/111deg 26' 15"W
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Before we knew it here we are at the famous "Hogsback" section of Hwy12.
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From what I'd read about Hogsback and now being here, whats the big deal? There's plently of room for any size rig. Our truck started complaining about being thirsty, so we made a stop in Hills Hollows along Hwy12.
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The shopkeeper was very nice and told us that the store started out as a house with the living room being the first area to have for sale items. As time went by the whole house was changed into what is seen today. Boulder and Anasazi Indian State Park aren't much further.
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Here we are at Anasazi, it was still early and they just openned their doors. Within the walls of the museum thy have many fine exhibits.
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Outdoor ruins
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A mocked up of a Indian dwelling. I had talked with the clerk on duty about the different ruins, she told me that more are being uncovered. It was that time again to get moving towards Capitl Reef NP. Landscape along Hwy12 was ever changing, I pulled into this visit view near mile marker 98.
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To me it looked like I could see a hundred miles. Back on Hwy12
, a stop was done at Wildcat Information Center, were some cute critter were running about. My wife spied this squirrel pictured below.( Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel-credit goes to northriver18)
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Critter Clip
Like many of our stop we bought maps and gathered local information. The campground host, Mr. Topliff, took our picture.
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We had a nice visit was Mr and Mrs Toplif, but its that time again to get going, Capitol Reef here we come!
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A short drive later and here we are at the main entrance sign. My wife haming it up a bit by giving me rabbit ears. Chimney Rock is one of those must stop places.
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Capitol Reef visitor center is close by and found ourselves amoung a herd of people,busses and fellow campers. Julie wanted to see some of Capitol Reef (me too), off to the tour road passing by the campground, which was full, and what looked like a old barn that is still being used. Not long on this road we pulled over to shoot some pictures.
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It didn't take alot of imagination to see the "reef" in these mountains. From here we traveled to the Grand Wash Rd.in search of some arches. Grand Wash Video

Cassidy Arch on Grand Wash road
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Cassidy Arch is up high from the roadway, I did see people up there. For me the most striking natural struture in Capitol Reed is the Egyptain Temple.
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After seeing a number of sights inside the park and having our fill, we went back to Hwy12 and made a stop to see some petroglphs locate east of Capitol Reef. Spenting more time than we had planned in this area we headed off to Moab stopping in Hanksville for a quick lunch. We did see a rather unusaul gas station, built right into the hillside.
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Many parts of Hwy12 reminded me of Death Valley NP, once on I-70 headed towards Moab we made only one rest stop to stretch our legs and use the bathroom. It is cloudy at this time and a few raindrops came.
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Little did we know that the next exit was Hwy 191, at this point we just wanted to get to Arch View RV Park, have some dinner, do lanudry and take a shower.
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We have arrived at Arch View, with sunset close at hand there wasn't a lot of time to look around. There a beautiful tree by the front office.
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Sunset was coming and we were done in after a long day.
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To my fellow travelers be safe out there and may your way be full of beautiful sights.

Part3 coming soon...Canyonlands and the White Rim Trail.

* This post was last edited 07/29/08 02:54pm by c.traveler2 *   View edit history


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Posted: 07/28/08 02:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks of posting those pics, nice job and looked like a great trip. Bill

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northriver18, thanks for letting me know,I really though it was a chipmuck. Did the videos play ok for all of you?

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Great trip I enjoyed all pics and the vids played out nice as well.I am traveling to that area in Sept.It's such a beautiful place I can't wait to see it for myself.


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Great photos and report! That "seeing a hundred miles" is one of those great feelings provided by the Southwest. Hard to feel crowded when not in a "tourist spot".

Just thought you might like to know that is a Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel and not a chipmunk. Chipmunks are smaller and more "stripey". Some times you will see them together and the difference is readily apparent. I hope you take this as informational, not me just being nitpicky...

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Isn't the Grand Wash unbelieveable? Our hike there was #1 on my best enjoyed places from our recent trip out west. Looks like we travelled the same roads. Route 12 is one of the best Scenic Byways we were on. Your photos made me want to hit the road west again.

Do all of you know about America's Scenic Byways - http://www.byways.org/ ? Great place to do some research on back roads.

anne

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...wow, nice pix and write-up! It's going into Trip Reports now (right after your Part I) [emoticon]

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Boy it sure is beautiful there! Reminds me of home (northern AZ). [emoticon]


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Visit Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. The formations remind you of the dancing mushrooms in Disney's movie Fantasia, There is also a nice campground there. It was one of our favorite spots when we spent 3 weeks in the canyon/arches areas in 2000. VERY nice photos. Keep them coming.

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Thanks for the great write up and pics.


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