FUN-video: Wild West Adventure Movie Trailer

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FUN-photos: Wild West Adventure – Part 2

June 19, 2018 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Wild West Adventure – Part 2 

  • We cruised…8 Scenic Byways (AKA *Pearl Highways) …for 7 National Parks…3 National Monuments…2 State Parks & 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

And experienced amazing contrasts of color & landscapes…leftover winter’s white snow clinging to jagged gray-black granite mountain tops…hillsides covered with deep green Pines mixed with lime green Aspen leaves…orange sand surrounding deep red-brown rock formations.

  • Our full moon at the end our trip…was another portentous sign…like our full rainbow in Jackson Hole.

FUN-fact – Navajo Sandstone creates Sahara-like deserts.

More FF – Chris says, “You’re always looking for a *pearl.” And winding along those sweet roads is a guarantee you’ll find one!

FUN-photos: Wild West Adventure – Part 1

June 19, 2018 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Wild West Adventure – Part 1 

  • The whole reason for the trip was Brayden’s graduation from NAU. We are so proud of him!

  • We drove a total of 3675 miles…mostly on two lane highways…from the dry warm desert floor…to the cool snow capped Rocky Mountains…across the plains of Wyoming…to the Elk & San Juan Mountains…& ending back in the dry desert.
  • After leaving Flagstaff we spent 5 days in Torrey, Moab & Vernal, UT before heading to Jackson Hole for our 4 day Grand Teton & Yellowstone Safari.

FUN-fact – Petrified sand dunes…like giant blobs of clay…look as if they belong on the moon.

FUN-travel: Dead Horse Point & Canyonlands

May 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Dead Horse Point & Canyonlands 

  • Dead Horse Point – offers a dramatic overlook of the convergence of the Colorado & Green Rivers…

…and panoramic views of Canyonlands.

FUN-fact – Legend has it that Dead Horse Point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck was then fenced off with branches and brush. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.

More FF – Dead Horse State Park is where they shot the final ‘Grand Canyon’ scene of Thelma & Louise.

  • Canyonlands – the Island in the Sky District … more colorful canyons…                                            …mesas… buttes… fins… arches & spires…with water & gravity….                                                              … being the prime architects… sculpting layers of rock.

  • Mesa Arch – one of the most iconic vistas…on the edge of a 500-foot cliff…

…part of a 1,200-foot drop into Buck Canyon.

  • Schafer Canyon Overlook – like a narrow peninsula …jutting out over the canyon.

FUN-fact – Canyonlands is over 4 times the size of Arches.

 

FUN-travel: Arches, UT

May 17, 2018 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Arches, UT 

  • This vast rugged landscape…

…of rose-colored sandstone…

…with more than 2,000 arch formations…

…& thousands of other wonders…

…in the shape of pinnacles…spires…needles

…hoodoos…gargoyles…balanced rocks…

…& domes…all team together…

…to make it Awesome & Amazing Arches!

Today’s Treats

  • Balanced Rock…

…estimated to weigh 3,577 tons (about equivalent to 27 blue whales.)

  • Courthouse Towers – with commanding spires that resemble skyscrapers…

…& just across the street…The 3 Gossips…

…attempt to compete at 350 feet.

  • Skyline arch – looks can be deceiving…

…hard to believe that its 71 ft across & 33.5 ft high!

  • Sand Dune Arch – tightly tucked between two large sandstone fins…

…with minimal sun makes it a cool respite in the heat of the day.

  • Double Arch – phone went dead…had to download this!

FUN-fact – This little park – at only 76,000+ acres – packs a lot of punches with hiking & biking – whatever’s to your liking.

More FF – And contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.

The 3 Gossips & Courthouse Towers

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