Utah Autumn 2005 - Golden Aspens and Redrock

In October 2005 we went to Salt Lake City, Moab, Bluff, and Torrey, Utah. We enjoyed seeing Great Salt Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park.
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1 My husband, Ken, and I flew to Salt Lake City on October 1, 2005. We drove straight to Saltair at <strong>Great Salt Lake</strong> after renting our car. The water was very low, so we had to walk about 1/4-mile to get to the shoreline. As we were walki...

My husband, Ken, and I flew to Salt Lake City on October 1, 2005. We drove straight to Saltair at Great Salt Lake after renting our car. The water was very low, so we had to walk about 1/4-mile to get to the shoreline. As we were walki...

My husband, Ken, and I flew to Salt Lake City on October 1, 2005. We drove straight to Saltair at Great Salt Lake after renting our car. The water was very low, so we had to walk about 1/4-mile to get to the shoreline. As we were walking I spied a strange white cloud approaching. I snapped this photo just before it hit us. Ken yelled, "We can't outrun it!" and suddenly we were overtaken by violent winds. We had been caught up in a salt whirlwind. What a wild welcome to Utah! map... 1947
2 The salt content of the Great Salt Lake is much higher than the ocean. The only animals able to survive the high salinity are brine shrimp and brine flies. The sand on the beach of Great Salt Lake is not made of small pieces of rock or broken shells. T...

The salt content of the Great Salt Lake is much higher than the ocean. The only animals able to survive the high salinity are brine shrimp and brine flies. The sand on the beach of Great Salt Lake is not made of small pieces of rock or broken shells. T...

The salt content of the Great Salt Lake is much higher than the ocean. The only animals able to survive the high salinity are brine shrimp and brine flies. The sand on the beach of Great Salt Lake is not made of small pieces of rock or broken shells. The tiny gray spheres of sand are made of mineralized brine shrimp droppings. The sand in this photo is coated in dry salt and minerals. 1568
3 This dessicated, salt-encrusted Sea Gull was washed up on the beach.

This dessicated, salt-encrusted Sea Gull was washed up on the beach.

This dessicated, salt-encrusted Sea Gull was washed up on the beach. 1394
4 The ripple patterns in the sand on the beach were pretty. In the background behind my head is <strong>Antelope Island</strong>, the largest island in the lake. It is a state park.

The ripple patterns in the sand on the beach were pretty. In the background behind my head is Antelope Island, the largest island in the lake. It is a state park.

The ripple patterns in the sand on the beach were pretty. In the background behind my head is Antelope Island, the largest island in the lake. It is a state park. 1492
5 We only saw the beautiful Mormon Temple from the road, being non-Mormon we would not have been able to gone inside. We heard we were in Salt Lake City on the busiest weekend of the year after we were unable to find a parking place the Saturday night. W...

We only saw the beautiful Mormon Temple from the road, being non-Mormon we would not have been able to gone inside. We heard we were in Salt Lake City on the busiest weekend of the year after we were unable to find a parking place the Saturday night. W...

We only saw the beautiful Mormon Temple from the road, being non-Mormon we would not have been able to gone inside. We heard we were in Salt Lake City on the busiest weekend of the year after we were unable to find a parking place the Saturday night. We learned that it was the 200th anniversary of Brigham Young's birthday. 1487
6 Brighton Ski Resort is beautiful in the fall covered in a crazy quilt of aspens and evergreens.
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Brighton Ski Resort is beautiful in the fall covered in a crazy quilt of aspens and evergreens.

Brighton Ski Resort is beautiful in the fall covered in a crazy quilt of aspens and evergreens. map... 1723
7 Every time we had skied in the mountains of the west I had wanted to see the Quaking Aspens when they were in their fall colors. It was such a delight to see these beautiful trees in their golden finery. We went hiking up at Brighton Ski resort where w...

Every time we had skied in the mountains of the west I had wanted to see the Quaking Aspens when they were in their fall colors. It was such a delight to see these beautiful trees in their golden finery. We went hiking up at Brighton Ski resort where w...

Every time we had skied in the mountains of the west I had wanted to see the Quaking Aspens when they were in their fall colors. It was such a delight to see these beautiful trees in their golden finery. We went hiking up at Brighton Ski resort where we saw these aspens glowing under the brilliant blue sky. Aspens often send out underground roots and grow as cloned clumps. 1479
8 These Aspen trunks have interesting patterns on them.

These Aspen trunks have interesting patterns on them.

These Aspen trunks have interesting patterns on them. 1515
9 <strong>Rubber Rabbitbrush</strong>
<em>Chrysothamnus nauseosus</em> / Composite Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - K´ii&#322;tsoi Nitsaaígíí
Salt Lake City, Utah
October 1, 2005<br>
This is one of the most common wildflowers blooming in the western ...

Rubber Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus / Composite Family Navajo Name - K´iiłtsoi Nitsaaígíí Salt Lake City, Utah October 1, 2005
This is one of the most common wildflowers blooming in the western ...

Rubber Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus / Composite Family Navajo Name - K´iiłtsoi Nitsaaígíí Salt Lake City, Utah October 1, 2005
This is one of the most common wildflowers blooming in the western states during the fall, it adds a ribbon of color along the roadsides. I have added the Navajo names, and in some cases the translations, to some of the wildflowers. I will not however, attempt the pronunciations! :) Navajo is an extremely difficult language, it is no wonder they were the "Code Talkers" during World War II!


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10 This <strong>Darkling Beetle</strong> was crawling across the trail when we hiked on a trail at Brighton Ski Resort. These beetles can spray a nasty liquid from their abdomen. Ken once picked up a similar type of beetle in New Mexico, it sprayed him wi...

This Darkling Beetle was crawling across the trail when we hiked on a trail at Brighton Ski Resort. These beetles can spray a nasty liquid from their abdomen. Ken once picked up a similar type of beetle in New Mexico, it sprayed him wi...

This Darkling Beetle was crawling across the trail when we hiked on a trail at Brighton Ski Resort. These beetles can spray a nasty liquid from their abdomen. Ken once picked up a similar type of beetle in New Mexico, it sprayed him with a smelly, boiling hot liquid. I had seen the beetles on nature shows on TV, so I warned him about touching it, I guess he had to find out the hard way! :) 6.5.spi.1 1556
11 <strong>Indian Paintbrush</strong>
<em>Castilleja</em> spp. / Snapdragon Family
Brighton Ski Resort
October 2, 2005<br>
I was surprised to see this pretty pink Indian Paintbrush blooming so high in elevation at such a late date along the trail as w...

Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. / Snapdragon Family Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005
I was surprised to see this pretty pink Indian Paintbrush blooming so high in elevation at such a late date along the trail as w...

Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. / Snapdragon Family Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005
I was surprised to see this pretty pink Indian Paintbrush blooming so high in elevation at such a late date along the trail as we hiked along a ski trail at Brighton. 6.2.spi.2


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12 <strong>Aster</strong>
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This Aster was very common in the mountains of Utah. There are about a "gazillion" different kinds of asters in the U.S.

Aster This Aster was very common in the mountains of Utah. There are about a "gazillion" different kinds of asters in the U.S.

Aster This Aster was very common in the mountains of Utah. There are about a "gazillion" different kinds of asters in the U.S. 1357
13 This Aster was growing in a crack in a cliff in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

This Aster was growing in a crack in a cliff in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

This Aster was growing in a crack in a cliff in Big Cottonwood Canyon. 1428
14 <strong>Groundsel</strong>
<em>Senecio</em> spp.
Brighton Ski Resort
October 2, 2005

Groundsel Senecio spp. Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005

Groundsel Senecio spp. Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005


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15 <strong>A "Mystery" Mint</strong>
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Brighton Ski Resort
October 2, 2005

A "Mystery" Mint Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005

A "Mystery" Mint Brighton Ski Resort October 2, 2005 1428
16 <strong>Mt. Timpanogos</strong> is a nearly 13,000 foot mountain in the Wasatch range. We took a beautiful detour on the Provo Canyon Loop Scenic Drive on our way to Moab. We were in awe at the blanket of colors that covered the lowlands beneath the pe...

Mt. Timpanogos is a nearly 13,000 foot mountain in the Wasatch range. We took a beautiful detour on the Provo Canyon Loop Scenic Drive on our way to Moab. We were in awe at the blanket of colors that covered the lowlands beneath the pe...

Mt. Timpanogos is a nearly 13,000 foot mountain in the Wasatch range. We took a beautiful detour on the Provo Canyon Loop Scenic Drive on our way to Moab. We were in awe at the blanket of colors that covered the lowlands beneath the peak. Unfortunately, there was a fairly thick cloud cover, so we didn't see the aspens with the sun shining on them. Sundance, Robert Redford's exclusive ski resort and his ranch, are located on the flanks of this lovely mountain. 1528
17 <strong>Bridal Veil Falls</strong> is a beautiful surprise to see plunging over the cliff along the highway along Provo Canyon.

Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful surprise to see plunging over the cliff along the highway along Provo Canyon.

Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful surprise to see plunging over the cliff along the highway along Provo Canyon. 1628
18 <strong>Greasewood</strong>
<em>Sarcobatus vermiculatus</em> / Goosefoot Family
Arches NP
October 7, 2005 <br>
This small shrub has thick, waxy, succulent leaves and flat, papery flowers.

Greasewood Sarcobatus vermiculatus / Goosefoot Family Arches NP October 7, 2005
This small shrub has thick, waxy, succulent leaves and flat, papery flowers.

Greasewood Sarcobatus vermiculatus / Goosefoot Family Arches NP October 7, 2005
This small shrub has thick, waxy, succulent leaves and flat, papery flowers.


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19 On our drive down Hwy. 6 on the way to Moab, we stopped in the  town of Price to visit the College of Eastern Utah Dinosaur Museum.  90% of the fossils displayed in the museum were found in the Utah area. The Morrison Formation sandstone dates from the...

On our drive down Hwy. 6 on the way to Moab, we stopped in the town of Price to visit the College of Eastern Utah Dinosaur Museum. 90% of the fossils displayed in the museum were found in the Utah area. The Morrison Formation sandstone dates from the...

On our drive down Hwy. 6 on the way to Moab, we stopped in the town of Price to visit the College of Eastern Utah Dinosaur Museum. 90% of the fossils displayed in the museum were found in the Utah area. The Morrison Formation sandstone dates from the Jurassic Era 208 - 144 million years ago, it has numerous dinosaur fossils. map... 1567
20 This <em>Utahraptor</em> displayed at the Dinosaur Museum was the inspiration for the raptors in the famous kitchen scene in the first <u>Jurassic Park</u> movie.

This Utahraptor displayed at the Dinosaur Museum was the inspiration for the raptors in the famous kitchen scene in the first Jurassic Park movie.

This Utahraptor displayed at the Dinosaur Museum was the inspiration for the raptors in the famous kitchen scene in the first Jurassic Park movie. 3295
21 A view of a simulated dig at the Dinosaur museum.

A view of a simulated dig at the Dinosaur museum.

A view of a simulated dig at the Dinosaur museum. 1320
22 Rock layers like these can be found all along the highways in middle Utah. It is interesting to try to read the geologic layers.

Rock layers like these can be found all along the highways in middle Utah. It is interesting to try to read the geologic layers.

Rock layers like these can be found all along the highways in middle Utah. It is interesting to try to read the geologic layers. 6030
23 The geology of southeast Utah begins to change drastically along Highway 6, south of Price. The <strong>Book Cliffs</strong> rise dramatically from the valley floor.

The geology of southeast Utah begins to change drastically along Highway 6, south of Price. The Book Cliffs rise dramatically from the valley floor.

The geology of southeast Utah begins to change drastically along Highway 6, south of Price. The Book Cliffs rise dramatically from the valley floor. 1452
24 On the drive to <strong>Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park</strong> we stopped to enjoy seeing the <strong>Merrimac and Monitor</strong> mesas.

On the drive to Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park we stopped to enjoy seeing the Merrimac and Monitor mesas.

On the drive to Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park we stopped to enjoy seeing the Merrimac and Monitor mesas. 1404
25 <strong>Dead Horse Point State Park</strong> is located about 30 miles southeast of Moab. It is a short sidetrip on the way to Canyonlands National Park and well-worth the drive. It is easy to see the power of water when you see a vista like this. 

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Dead Horse Point State Park is located about 30 miles southeast of Moab. It is a short sidetrip on the way to Canyonlands National Park and well-worth the drive. It is easy to see the power of water when you see a vista like this. ...

Dead Horse Point State Park is located about 30 miles southeast of Moab. It is a short sidetrip on the way to Canyonlands National Park and well-worth the drive. It is easy to see the power of water when you see a vista like this. map... 1617
26 The views of the <strong>Colorado River</strong> cutting through the rock are spectacular at Dead Horse Point SP. I liked the old, dead, gray juniper tree trunks. The dark storm clouds at the right of the picture were an omen of things to come.

The views of the Colorado River cutting through the rock are spectacular at Dead Horse Point SP. I liked the old, dead, gray juniper tree trunks. The dark storm clouds at the right of the picture were an omen of things to come.

The views of the Colorado River cutting through the rock are spectacular at Dead Horse Point SP. I liked the old, dead, gray juniper tree trunks. The dark storm clouds at the right of the picture were an omen of things to come. 1294
27 Unfortunately, our visit to <strong>Canyonlands National Park</strong> was done mostly from the car. Just as we entered the park the wind picked up and blew quite hard, the precursor of a violent rain and hail storm. I snapped this view at Canyonlands ...

Unfortunately, our visit to Canyonlands National Park was done mostly from the car. Just as we entered the park the wind picked up and blew quite hard, the precursor of a violent rain and hail storm. I snapped this view at Canyonlands ...

Unfortunately, our visit to Canyonlands National Park was done mostly from the car. Just as we entered the park the wind picked up and blew quite hard, the precursor of a violent rain and hail storm. I snapped this view at Canyonlands during a short break in the storm. The colors and textures of the plants and rocks in the park make for a photographer's dream! map... 1546
28 Upheaval Dome at Canyonlands NP is a mystery to geologists. Some scientists believe it may be the result of rock rebound after a meteorite impact. Others theorize it is a collapsed salt dome. See <a href="http://www.nps.gov/cany/nature/geology/upheaval...

Upheaval Dome at Canyonlands NP is a mystery to geologists. Some scientists believe it may be the result of rock rebound after a meteorite impact. Others theorize it is a collapsed salt dome. See

Upheaval Dome at Canyonlands NP is a mystery to geologists. Some scientists believe it may be the result of rock rebound after a meteorite impact. Others theorize it is a collapsed salt dome. See Upheaval Dome for more information. 1337
29 Kris on Whale Rock at Canyonlands NP. The rain and hail storm had passed when we climbed the huge red sandstone rock. However, the temperature had dropped drastically and wind was still blowing quite hard when we got up there so we didn't stay long.

Kris on Whale Rock at Canyonlands NP. The rain and hail storm had passed when we climbed the huge red sandstone rock. However, the temperature had dropped drastically and wind was still blowing quite hard when we got up there so we didn't stay long.

Kris on Whale Rock at Canyonlands NP. The rain and hail storm had passed when we climbed the huge red sandstone rock. However, the temperature had dropped drastically and wind was still blowing quite hard when we got up there so we didn't stay long. 1300
30 This little pine tree has found a tight spot to grow at the base of Whale Rock at Canyonlands.

This little pine tree has found a tight spot to grow at the base of Whale Rock at Canyonlands.

This little pine tree has found a tight spot to grow at the base of Whale Rock at Canyonlands. 1126
31 These potholes were filled by the rain on Whale Rock. Potholes provide homes for fairy and tadpole shrimp, red-spotted and spadefoot toads, microscopic organisms, algae, and some small aquatic insects. Potholes in areas of high-traffic hiking are often...

These potholes were filled by the rain on Whale Rock. Potholes provide homes for fairy and tadpole shrimp, red-spotted and spadefoot toads, microscopic organisms, algae, and some small aquatic insects. Potholes in areas of high-traffic hiking are often...

These potholes were filled by the rain on Whale Rock. Potholes provide homes for fairy and tadpole shrimp, red-spotted and spadefoot toads, microscopic organisms, algae, and some small aquatic insects. Potholes in areas of high-traffic hiking are often sterile, oils from peoples' hands kill the animals. The animals and organisms can withstand summer soil temperatures of up to 140 degrees and weeks of below freezing temperatures in winter by going into a dormant state until the potholes fill with water and conditions improve. 1256
32 This little Red-spotted Toad probably started its life in a desert pothole.

This little Red-spotted Toad probably started its life in a desert pothole.

This little Red-spotted Toad probably started its life in a desert pothole. 1262
33 Canyonlands has some pretty, but prickly cactus, another good reason to stay on the trails!

Canyonlands has some pretty, but prickly cactus, another good reason to stay on the trails!

Canyonlands has some pretty, but prickly cactus, another good reason to stay on the trails! 1191
34 The desert ecosystem is greatly influenced by this odd-looking  "cryptobiotic crust", a type of soil called "cryptogamic" soil. It is made up of blue-green algae and fungi growing on bits of sand. As Blue-green algae cells, called <em>cyanobacteria</em...

The desert ecosystem is greatly influenced by this odd-looking "cryptobiotic crust", a type of soil called "cryptogamic" soil. It is made up of blue-green algae and fungi growing on bits of sand. As Blue-green algae cells, called cyanobacteria

The desert ecosystem is greatly influenced by this odd-looking "cryptobiotic crust", a type of soil called "cryptogamic" soil. It is made up of blue-green algae and fungi growing on bits of sand. As Blue-green algae cells, called cyanobacteria, grow slowly they secrete sticky sheaths that stick to sand particles in the soil. In a decade or more, mosses, lichens and fungi begin to grow on the surface providing a place for seeds to take root. Grasses, sagebrush and other plants can grow in the better-stabilized soil. 1278
35 "Don't Bust the Crust!" signs were prevalent in all the tourist areas of the parks. In this photo are 2 trails cut by careless tourists at Canyonlands. Damage to the cryptobiotic crust can take between 50 to 250 years to recover from the footsteps of t...

"Don't Bust the Crust!" signs were prevalent in all the tourist areas of the parks. In this photo are 2 trails cut by careless tourists at Canyonlands. Damage to the cryptobiotic crust can take between 50 to 250 years to recover from the footsteps of t...

"Don't Bust the Crust!" signs were prevalent in all the tourist areas of the parks. In this photo are 2 trails cut by careless tourists at Canyonlands. Damage to the cryptobiotic crust can take between 50 to 250 years to recover from the footsteps of thoughtless people! 1245
36 We waited out the storm at Canyonlands and we were rewarded at the Grand View Overlook. This is the end of the road at the Island in the Sky section of the park. We are standing at the edge of the mesa, far below the Colorado river cuts through the pla...

We waited out the storm at Canyonlands and we were rewarded at the Grand View Overlook. This is the end of the road at the Island in the Sky section of the park. We are standing at the edge of the mesa, far below the Colorado river cuts through the pla...

We waited out the storm at Canyonlands and we were rewarded at the Grand View Overlook. This is the end of the road at the Island in the Sky section of the park. We are standing at the edge of the mesa, far below the Colorado river cuts through the plateau. Views like this really make you appreciate the power of water over very long periods of time! (photo by a bystander) 1254
37 At the end of a long day I snapped this photo of our shadows at Canyonlands NP. Our really long legs are just an optical illusion due to the layout of the rocks! The rocks at the right in the distance are the Washer Women.

At the end of a long day I snapped this photo of our shadows at Canyonlands NP. Our really long legs are just an optical illusion due to the layout of the rocks! The rocks at the right in the distance are the Washer Women.

At the end of a long day I snapped this photo of our shadows at Canyonlands NP. Our really long legs are just an optical illusion due to the layout of the rocks! The rocks at the right in the distance are the Washer Women. 1288
38 <strong>Cliffrose</strong>
<em>Purshia (Cowania) mexicana</em> / Rose Family
<u>Navajo name</u> - Awééts'áál  Translation = “baby cradle”
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
October 4, 2005<br>
These flowers were on their last blooms of the se...

Cliffrose Purshia (Cowania) mexicana / Rose Family Navajo name - Awééts'áál Translation = baby cradle Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah October 4, 2005
These flowers were on their last blooms of the se...

Cliffrose Purshia (Cowania) mexicana / Rose Family Navajo name - Awééts'áál Translation = baby cradle Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah October 4, 2005
These flowers were on their last blooms of the season when I found them. I liked the long, fluffy seeds (following photo).


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39 <strong>Cliffrose Seeds</strong>
The long, fluffy ends of the seeds of Cliffrose act as parachutes to help them spread the plant to new areas.

Cliffrose Seeds The long, fluffy ends of the seeds of Cliffrose act as parachutes to help them spread the plant to new areas.

Cliffrose Seeds The long, fluffy ends of the seeds of Cliffrose act as parachutes to help them spread the plant to new areas. 1484
40 <strong>Erect Gumweed</strong>
<em>Grindelia fastigata</em> / Composite Family
Salt Lake City, UT
Gumweeds have sticky bracts, which give the plants their common name.

Erect Gumweed Grindelia fastigata / Composite Family Salt Lake City, UT Gumweeds have sticky bracts, which give the plants their common name.

Erect Gumweed Grindelia fastigata / Composite Family Salt Lake City, UT Gumweeds have sticky bracts, which give the plants their common name.


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41 <strong>Russian Thistle</strong>
<em>Salsola pestifer*</em> / Goosefoot Family
Price, UT
October 3, 2005
This is the famous, or <em>infamous</em> (depending on how you feel about it!), "tumbleweed" of the west. When the plant dies and dries out, it...

Russian Thistle Salsola pestifer* / Goosefoot Family Price, UT October 3, 2005 This is the famous, or infamous (depending on how you feel about it!), "tumbleweed" of the west. When the plant dies and dries out, it...

Russian Thistle Salsola pestifer* / Goosefoot Family Price, UT October 3, 2005 This is the famous, or infamous (depending on how you feel about it!), "tumbleweed" of the west. When the plant dies and dries out, it breaks off at the root. The dried plant rolls in the wind spreading its seeds as it moves along.


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42 <strong>Dried Tumbleweed</strong>
I found this dried tumbleweed when we stopped along a roadside near the Medicine Hat rock formation.

Dried Tumbleweed I found this dried tumbleweed when we stopped along a roadside near the Medicine Hat rock formation.

Dried Tumbleweed I found this dried tumbleweed when we stopped along a roadside near the Medicine Hat rock formation. 1680
43 <strong>Delicate Arch</strong> is the "crown jewel" of Arches National Park, it even graces many of the license plates of the cars in Utah. This was our first view of the beautiful lone arch. We arrived there too late to hike the challenging 1-1/2 mile...

Delicate Arch is the "crown jewel" of Arches National Park, it even graces many of the license plates of the cars in Utah. This was our first view of the beautiful lone arch. We arrived there too late to hike the challenging 1-1/2 mile...

Delicate Arch is the "crown jewel" of Arches National Park, it even graces many of the license plates of the cars in Utah. This was our first view of the beautiful lone arch. We arrived there too late to hike the challenging 1-1/2 miles to the arch, so we watched the afternoon shadows from the lower viewpoint. Note the people on the rock to the left of the arch. map... 1401
44 <strong>Double O Arch</strong> is a fascinating set of arches found near the end of the Devil's Garden trail. The La Sal mountains can be seen far off in the distance. Earlier in the week they had been dusted with snow. The lower opening in the arch is...

Double O Arch is a fascinating set of arches found near the end of the Devil's Garden trail. The La Sal mountains can be seen far off in the distance. Earlier in the week they had been dusted with snow. The lower opening in the arch is...

Double O Arch is a fascinating set of arches found near the end of the Devil's Garden trail. The La Sal mountains can be seen far off in the distance. Earlier in the week they had been dusted with snow. The lower opening in the arch is low enough for an agile hiker to shimmy through. It is amazing to think that ice and tiny grains of sand have cut through solid rock over the eons to form these spectacular arches. 1457
45 When the ranger at Arches National Park told us that many people do not venture on to <strong>Dark Angel</strong> past the Double O Arch, it made us even more determined to hike there. The single monolith was a fascinating destination.

When the ranger at Arches National Park told us that many people do not venture on to Dark Angel past the Double O Arch, it made us even more determined to hike there. The single monolith was a fascinating destination.

When the ranger at Arches National Park told us that many people do not venture on to Dark Angel past the Double O Arch, it made us even more determined to hike there. The single monolith was a fascinating destination. 1474
46 Desert varnish is a dark stain found on many sandstone rocks in southeast Utah. Scientists believe it may be a combination of iron and manganese bound by bacteria in areas where the rock has water flowing over it in wet times.

Desert varnish is a dark stain found on many sandstone rocks in southeast Utah. Scientists believe it may be a combination of iron and manganese bound by bacteria in areas where the rock has water flowing over it in wet times.

Desert varnish is a dark stain found on many sandstone rocks in southeast Utah. Scientists believe it may be a combination of iron and manganese bound by bacteria in areas where the rock has water flowing over it in wet times. 1640
47 The Fiery Furnace area of Arches NP is so difficult hikers must enter with a ranger or they must register at the park visitors' center, those who don't comply will be fined.

The Fiery Furnace area of Arches NP is so difficult hikers must enter with a ranger or they must register at the park visitors' center, those who don't comply will be fined.

The Fiery Furnace area of Arches NP is so difficult hikers must enter with a ranger or they must register at the park visitors' center, those who don't comply will be fined. 1230
48 Arches NP has numerous fins, thin sandstone outcroppings that can eventually spawn new arches.

Arches NP has numerous fins, thin sandstone outcroppings that can eventually spawn new arches.

Arches NP has numerous fins, thin sandstone outcroppings that can eventually spawn new arches. 1236
49 <strong>Landscape Arch</strong> is the second most famous, and the largest, arch in the park. In 1991 a large section of the arch suddenly snapped off, a fortunate tourist just happened to be photographing it at the time! What luck! Tourists are no lon...

Landscape Arch is the second most famous, and the largest, arch in the park. In 1991 a large section of the arch suddenly snapped off, a fortunate tourist just happened to be photographing it at the time! What luck! Tourists are no lon...

Landscape Arch is the second most famous, and the largest, arch in the park. In 1991 a large section of the arch suddenly snapped off, a fortunate tourist just happened to be photographing it at the time! What luck! Tourists are no longer allowed to hike under the arch, for obvious reasons. It was hard not to think about this arch when we were near other ones! 1278
50 These pretty orange lichens are common on the rocks of southeast Utah. Acids in lichens can contribute to the slow breakdown of rock.

These pretty orange lichens are common on the rocks of southeast Utah. Acids in lichens can contribute to the slow breakdown of rock.

These pretty orange lichens are common on the rocks of southeast Utah. Acids in lichens can contribute to the slow breakdown of rock. 1313
51 Packrat middens have been studied by scientists to learn about the plant life in ancient times. Some plant material up to 40,000 years old has been found in caves and other well-protected areas!

Packrat middens have been studied by scientists to learn about the plant life in ancient times. Some plant material up to 40,000 years old has been found in caves and other well-protected areas!

Packrat middens have been studied by scientists to learn about the plant life in ancient times. Some plant material up to 40,000 years old has been found in caves and other well-protected areas! 1592
52 The end of the <strong>Devil's Garden Trail</strong> has an interesting and challenging alternative back to the parking area. The Primitive Hike starts near the Double O Arch. This picture was taken at the end of our hike near the Landscape Arch.

The end of the Devil's Garden Trail has an interesting and challenging alternative back to the parking area. The Primitive Hike starts near the Double O Arch. This picture was taken at the end of our hike near the Landscape Arch.

The end of the Devil's Garden Trail has an interesting and challenging alternative back to the parking area. The Primitive Hike starts near the Double O Arch. This picture was taken at the end of our hike near the Landscape Arch. 1213
53 The Primitive hike is 2.2 miles of slickrock, fins, boulders, washes (creekbeds), and canyons. Hikers must keep watching for the small piles of rocks along the trail, called "cairns". Unlike the parks in the east where trails are usually marked with co...

The Primitive hike is 2.2 miles of slickrock, fins, boulders, washes (creekbeds), and canyons. Hikers must keep watching for the small piles of rocks along the trail, called "cairns". Unlike the parks in the east where trails are usually marked with co...

The Primitive hike is 2.2 miles of slickrock, fins, boulders, washes (creekbeds), and canyons. Hikers must keep watching for the small piles of rocks along the trail, called "cairns". Unlike the parks in the east where trails are usually marked with colored paint strips, western parks' trails are marked with cairns. 1211
54 Some areas of the Primitive Hike were quite tricky. We followed a set of tracks along a wash, but we soon realized there were no cairns. We had to backtrack to the main channel of the wash. You can't always trust other people's tracks, they may be lost...

Some areas of the Primitive Hike were quite tricky. We followed a set of tracks along a wash, but we soon realized there were no cairns. We had to backtrack to the main channel of the wash. You can't always trust other people's tracks, they may be lost...

Some areas of the Primitive Hike were quite tricky. We followed a set of tracks along a wash, but we soon realized there were no cairns. We had to backtrack to the main channel of the wash. You can't always trust other people's tracks, they may be lost too! 1080
55 This area of the Primitive Hike was quite a challenge. The rains from the day before had left this large waterhole. Don't fall in Ken!

This area of the Primitive Hike was quite a challenge. The rains from the day before had left this large waterhole. Don't fall in Ken!

This area of the Primitive Hike was quite a challenge. The rains from the day before had left this large waterhole. Don't fall in Ken! 1254
56 This rock formation called <strong>The Three Gossips</strong> are found in the Park Avenue area of Arches NP. This trail also follows a smooth, dry creek bed, however it is much easier than many of  the other trails in the park.

This rock formation called The Three Gossips are found in the Park Avenue area of Arches NP. This trail also follows a smooth, dry creek bed, however it is much easier than many of the other trails in the park.

This rock formation called The Three Gossips are found in the Park Avenue area of Arches NP. This trail also follows a smooth, dry creek bed, however it is much easier than many of the other trails in the park. 1351
57 <strong>Gunnison Gilia</strong>
<em>Gilia gunnisonii</em> / Phlox Family
Arches NP
October 5, 2005<br>
This pretty little purple flower was blooming along the Devil's Garden trail.

Gunnison Gilia Gilia gunnisonii / Phlox Family Arches NP October 5, 2005
This pretty little purple flower was blooming along the Devil's Garden trail.

Gunnison Gilia Gilia gunnisonii / Phlox Family Arches NP October 5, 2005
This pretty little purple flower was blooming along the Devil's Garden trail.


clr: 8-v
1924
58 This <strong>Ground squirrel</strong> was gathering food along the Devil's Garden trail. It is important not to feed the small animals in the parks, no matter how much they beg or how cute they look. Chipmunks and ground squirrels store food in their d...

This Ground squirrel was gathering food along the Devil's Garden trail. It is important not to feed the small animals in the parks, no matter how much they beg or how cute they look. Chipmunks and ground squirrels store food in their d...

This Ground squirrel was gathering food along the Devil's Garden trail. It is important not to feed the small animals in the parks, no matter how much they beg or how cute they look. Chipmunks and ground squirrels store food in their dens for the winter. Human food, like potato chips or cheese puffs, will rot and the animals could starve to death over the winter. Also, some of these animals can carry the Bubonic Plague organism, which is spread by fleas. So, just enjoy the little critters from a distance! 1448
59 <strong>Prince's Plume</strong>
<em>Stanleya pinnata</em> / Mustard Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - Tséyaa hataa&#322; <br>Translation = “Sings under rock”
Arches NP
October 4, 2005<br>
I was excited to finally see this flower in bloom, it was one ...

Prince's Plume Stanleya pinnata / Mustard Family Navajo Name - Tséyaa hataał
Translation = Sings under rock Arches NP October 4, 2005
I was excited to finally see this flower in bloom, it was one ...

Prince's Plume Stanleya pinnata / Mustard Family Navajo Name - Tséyaa hataał
Translation = Sings under rock Arches NP October 4, 2005
I was excited to finally see this flower in bloom, it was one of my "target plants" that I had wanted to see for years. This plant still has the old seedheads from the previous year.


clr: 5-y
1948
60 Princes' Plume close-up

Princes' Plume close-up

Princes' Plume close-up 1269
61 This <strong>Desert Cottontail</strong> rabbit (<em>Sylvilagus auduboni</em>)was hopping near the Devil's Garden trail. It differs from the Jackrabbit by being smaller and having shorter ears. A Jackrabbit is actually a <em>hare</em>, its young are bor...

This Desert Cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus auduboni)was hopping near the Devil's Garden trail. It differs from the Jackrabbit by being smaller and having shorter ears. A Jackrabbit is actually a hare, its young are bor...

This Desert Cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus auduboni)was hopping near the Devil's Garden trail. It differs from the Jackrabbit by being smaller and having shorter ears. A Jackrabbit is actually a hare, its young are born with fur and open eyes, unlike the rabbit which has its babies born blind and bald. 1735
62 <strong>Wright's Birdsbeak</strong> close-up
<em>Cordylanthus wrightii</em> / Snapdragon Family
Canyonlands NP
October 4, 2005<br>
I found one of these flowers blooming at Canyonlands NP, but Arches NP had many of them in bloom. They are unusual lo...

Wright's Birdsbeak close-up Cordylanthus wrightii / Snapdragon Family Canyonlands NP October 4, 2005
I found one of these flowers blooming at Canyonlands NP, but Arches NP had many of them in bloom. They are unusual lo...

Wright's Birdsbeak close-up Cordylanthus wrightii / Snapdragon Family Canyonlands NP October 4, 2005
I found one of these flowers blooming at Canyonlands NP, but Arches NP had many of them in bloom. They are unusual looking flowers.


clr: 3-p
1911
63 Wright's Birdsbeak Plant

Wright's Birdsbeak Plant

Wright's Birdsbeak Plant 1294
64 It is amazing to see the huge <strong>Balanced Rock</strong> at Arches NP. There is a short hiking trail that offers different views of the rock. It is easy to see the various types of sandstone. Erosion by ice, wind, and sand have undercut this huge b...

It is amazing to see the huge Balanced Rock at Arches NP. There is a short hiking trail that offers different views of the rock. It is easy to see the various types of sandstone. Erosion by ice, wind, and sand have undercut this huge b...

It is amazing to see the huge Balanced Rock at Arches NP. There is a short hiking trail that offers different views of the rock. It is easy to see the various types of sandstone. Erosion by ice, wind, and sand have undercut this huge boulder, one day one too many grains of sand will wash away and it will crash to the ground. 1422
65 <strong>Bur Sage</strong>
<em>Ambrosia acanthicarpa</em> / Composite Family
Arches NP
October 6, 2005<br>
This plant gave me a nasty warning not to touch it when I ended up with a finger full of prickly seeds! It is related to ragweed. And I though...

Bur Sage Ambrosia acanthicarpa / Composite Family Arches NP October 6, 2005
This plant gave me a nasty warning not to touch it when I ended up with a finger full of prickly seeds! It is related to ragweed. And I though...

Bur Sage Ambrosia acanthicarpa / Composite Family Arches NP October 6, 2005
This plant gave me a nasty warning not to touch it when I ended up with a finger full of prickly seeds! It is related to ragweed. And I thought our ragweed was bad!


clr: 6-g
2023
66 <strong>Resinbush</strong>
<em>Vanclevia stylosa</em> / Composite Family
Moab, Utah 
October 5, 2005<br>
A park ranger at Arches National Park told me about this plant, I would have never figured this one out without his help. According to him, Res...

Resinbush Vanclevia stylosa / Composite Family Moab, Utah October 5, 2005
A park ranger at Arches National Park told me about this plant, I would have never figured this one out without his help. According to him, Res...

Resinbush Vanclevia stylosa / Composite Family Moab, Utah October 5, 2005
A park ranger at Arches National Park told me about this plant, I would have never figured this one out without his help. According to him, Resinbush is endemic to the Moab area.


clr: 5-y
1943
67 <strong>Annual Wirelettuce</strong>
<em>Stephanomeria exigua</em> / Composite Family
Moab, Utah 
October 4, 2005<br>
There are different species of wirelettuce. The pretty little pink flowers brighten the trailsides of the area's parks.

Annual Wirelettuce Stephanomeria exigua / Composite Family Moab, Utah October 4, 2005
There are different species of wirelettuce. The pretty little pink flowers brighten the trailsides of the area's parks.

Annual Wirelettuce Stephanomeria exigua / Composite Family Moab, Utah October 4, 2005
There are different species of wirelettuce. The pretty little pink flowers brighten the trailsides of the area's parks.


clr: 8-v
1958
68 I thought this rock formation looked like a man's face, sort of like my husband when he falls asleep in the recliner! :) I'm sure it had a name, but I didn't see it on any of the park literature.

I thought this rock formation looked like a man's face, sort of like my husband when he falls asleep in the recliner! :) I'm sure it had a name, but I didn't see it on any of the park literature.

I thought this rock formation looked like a man's face, sort of like my husband when he falls asleep in the recliner! :) I'm sure it had a name, but I didn't see it on any of the park literature. 1344
69 Double Arch is a fascinating rock formation in Arches NP. After having seen what happened at Landscape Arch, we didn't want to spend much time under the rock overhangs!

Double Arch is a fascinating rock formation in Arches NP. After having seen what happened at Landscape Arch, we didn't want to spend much time under the rock overhangs!

Double Arch is a fascinating rock formation in Arches NP. After having seen what happened at Landscape Arch, we didn't want to spend much time under the rock overhangs! 1413
70 I found this colorful caterpillar munching on an aster plant. I don't know what butterfly or moth it will become.

I found this colorful caterpillar munching on an aster plant. I don't know what butterfly or moth it will become.

I found this colorful caterpillar munching on an aster plant. I don't know what butterfly or moth it will become. 1737
71 <strong>Pale Evening Primrose</strong>
<em>Oenothera pallida</em> / Evening Primrose Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - T&#322;´ééíigahiits´óóz<br> Translation = “White at night”
Arches NP 
October 6, 2005<br>
These pretty flowers brightened the...

Pale Evening Primrose Oenothera pallida / Evening Primrose Family Navajo Name - Tł´ééíigahiits´óóz
Translation = White at night Arches NP October 6, 2005
These pretty flowers brightened the...

Pale Evening Primrose Oenothera pallida / Evening Primrose Family Navajo Name - Tł´ééíigahiits´óóz
Translation = White at night Arches NP October 6, 2005
These pretty flowers brightened the trailsides and along the roadsides. I like the Navajo translation of the flower!


clr: 1-w
2183
72 The <strong>North and South Windows</strong> in Arches NP look like giant eyes peeking out of the desert! :)

The North and South Windows in Arches NP look like giant eyes peeking out of the desert! :)

The North and South Windows in Arches NP look like giant eyes peeking out of the desert! :) 1416
73 <strong>Broom Flax</strong>
<em>Linum aristatum</em>
Arches NP
October 6, 2005<br>
I only saw this flower in one area of Arches NP, near Sand Dune Arch. It had pretty little yellow flowers.

Broom Flax Linum aristatum Arches NP October 6, 2005
I only saw this flower in one area of Arches NP, near Sand Dune Arch. It had pretty little yellow flowers.

Broom Flax Linum aristatum Arches NP October 6, 2005
I only saw this flower in one area of Arches NP, near Sand Dune Arch. It had pretty little yellow flowers.


clr: 5-y
1868
74 <strong>Purple Sage; Wild Rosemary Mint</strong>
<em>Poliomintha incana</em> / Mint Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - Atsá Aze'
Arches NP 
October 6, 2005<br>
This is the plant was made famous by Zane Grey in his <em>Riders of the Purple Sage</em>. I d...

Purple Sage; Wild Rosemary Mint Poliomintha incana / Mint Family Navajo Name - Atsá Aze' Arches NP October 6, 2005
This is the plant was made famous by Zane Grey in his Riders of the Purple Sage. I d...

Purple Sage; Wild Rosemary Mint Poliomintha incana / Mint Family Navajo Name - Atsá Aze' Arches NP October 6, 2005
This is the plant was made famous by Zane Grey in his Riders of the Purple Sage. I didn't expect to see Purple Sage blooming that late in the season, so it was a treat to see it!


clr: 8-v
2730
75 This tiny cabin was home for a decade to the family of John Wesley Wolfe in the late 1890's. There is a freshwater spring and stream nearby (which explained why we were suddenly being bitten by mosquitoes in the desert!). The following photo shows the ...

This tiny cabin was home for a decade to the family of John Wesley Wolfe in the late 1890's. There is a freshwater spring and stream nearby (which explained why we were suddenly being bitten by mosquitoes in the desert!). The following photo shows the ...

This tiny cabin was home for a decade to the family of John Wesley Wolfe in the late 1890's. There is a freshwater spring and stream nearby (which explained why we were suddenly being bitten by mosquitoes in the desert!). The following photo shows the inside of the cabin. 1576
76 Wolfe Cabin - inside view

Wolfe Cabin - inside view

Wolfe Cabin - inside view 1212
77 The colors in the layers of the rocks was amazing. A camera can't do the different hues justice.

The colors in the layers of the rocks was amazing. A camera can't do the different hues justice.

The colors in the layers of the rocks was amazing. A camera can't do the different hues justice. 1221
78 This boulder along Potash Road contained many fascinating <strong>Petroglyphs</strong>, drawings etched in the stone hundreds of years ago by the native people. The word <u>Petroglyph</u> comes from "petro" meaning <em>rock</em> and "glyph" meaning <em...

This boulder along Potash Road contained many fascinating Petroglyphs, drawings etched in the stone hundreds of years ago by the native people. The word Petroglyph comes from "petro" meaning rock and "glyph" meaning

This boulder along Potash Road contained many fascinating Petroglyphs, drawings etched in the stone hundreds of years ago by the native people. The word Petroglyph comes from "petro" meaning rock and "glyph" meaning writing. We had a brochure on the locations of the petroglyphs of Moab, but considering there are only a few MILLION boulders in the canyon, we couldn't find it. A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee showed us where it was. Understandably, the native people don't want some of these treasures to be too easy to find, so the brochure was pretty vague as to where to find it. I'm glad we were able to see it, the drawings were fascinating! This boulder is famous for the " breech birth scene". 2183
79 This "birth scene" Petroglyph supposedly depicts a breech presentation birth. If that poor mother survived a delivery like this, it's no wonder she wanted it etched in stone! :) Notice the rabbit tracks on the right side of the photo.

This "birth scene" Petroglyph supposedly depicts a breech presentation birth. If that poor mother survived a delivery like this, it's no wonder she wanted it etched in stone! :) Notice the rabbit tracks on the right side of the photo.

This "birth scene" Petroglyph supposedly depicts a breech presentation birth. If that poor mother survived a delivery like this, it's no wonder she wanted it etched in stone! :) Notice the rabbit tracks on the right side of the photo. 1393
80 These centipedes were on one side of the Petroglyph boulder just below the birth scene.

These centipedes were on one side of the Petroglyph boulder just below the birth scene.

These centipedes were on one side of the Petroglyph boulder just below the birth scene. 1305
81 Moab is famous for both trail and road biking. On the Saturday that we left for Bluff, there was a large ride starting at the hotel across the street. There were 1200 riders in 3 different rides.

Moab is famous for both trail and road biking. On the Saturday that we left for Bluff, there was a large ride starting at the hotel across the street. There were 1200 riders in 3 different rides.

Moab is famous for both trail and road biking. On the Saturday that we left for Bluff, there was a large ride starting at the hotel across the street. There were 1200 riders in 3 different rides. 1390
82 <strong>Puncture Vine; Goat's Head</strong>
<em>Tribulus terrestris</em> / Caltrop Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - Béégashii bitsiis´iin 
Translation = “bull head”
Moab, UT
October 7, 2005<br>
This pretty yellow flower becomes a spined seed that...

Puncture Vine; Goat's Head Tribulus terrestris / Caltrop Family Navajo Name - Béégashii bitsiis´iin Translation = bull head Moab, UT October 7, 2005
This pretty yellow flower becomes a spined seed that...

Puncture Vine; Goat's Head Tribulus terrestris / Caltrop Family Navajo Name - Béégashii bitsiis´iin Translation = bull head Moab, UT October 7, 2005
This pretty yellow flower becomes a spined seed that would be terrible to step on barefooted.


clr: 5-y
1997
83 The muddy <strong>Colorado River</strong> flows through Moab. It is popular for kayakers and canoeists. Moab is a "Mecca" for recreation enthusiasts of all kinds. This photo was taken along Potash Road across from the petroglyphs.

The muddy Colorado River flows through Moab. It is popular for kayakers and canoeists. Moab is a "Mecca" for recreation enthusiasts of all kinds. This photo was taken along Potash Road across from the petroglyphs.

The muddy Colorado River flows through Moab. It is popular for kayakers and canoeists. Moab is a "Mecca" for recreation enthusiasts of all kinds. This photo was taken along Potash Road across from the petroglyphs. 1375
84 This petroglyph along Potash Road in Moab has many interesting pictures.

This petroglyph along Potash Road in Moab has many interesting pictures.

This petroglyph along Potash Road in Moab has many interesting pictures. 1312
85 <strong>Desert Stickleaf</strong>
<em>Mentzelia multiflora</em> / Stickleaf Family
Arches NP
October 7, 2005<br>
I had seen a larger relative of this Stickleaf when we were in Colorado a few years ago. I saw these plants early in the day with no fl...

Desert Stickleaf Mentzelia multiflora / Stickleaf Family Arches NP October 7, 2005
I had seen a larger relative of this Stickleaf when we were in Colorado a few years ago. I saw these plants early in the day with no fl...

Desert Stickleaf Mentzelia multiflora / Stickleaf Family Arches NP October 7, 2005
I had seen a larger relative of this Stickleaf when we were in Colorado a few years ago. I saw these plants early in the day with no flowers, I later learned the flowers bloom late in the afternoon. The Colorado relative has much larger flowers.


clr: 5-y
2002
86 I spotted this colorful Beetle eating Rabbitbrush while we were hiking up the trail to Delicate Arch. The bright colors make me suspect that it it poisonous or bad-tasting.

I spotted this colorful Beetle eating Rabbitbrush while we were hiking up the trail to Delicate Arch. The bright colors make me suspect that it it poisonous or bad-tasting.

I spotted this colorful Beetle eating Rabbitbrush while we were hiking up the trail to Delicate Arch. The bright colors make me suspect that it it poisonous or bad-tasting. 1289
87 The hike to the Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is a challenging and interesting one. The trail follows cairns placed along steep slickrock sandstone.

The hike to the Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is a challenging and interesting one. The trail follows cairns placed along steep slickrock sandstone.

The hike to the Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is a challenging and interesting one. The trail follows cairns placed along steep slickrock sandstone. 1284
88 We made it to the <strong>Delicate Arch</strong>! Fortunately, there weren't throngs of people when we arrived there. A group of German highschool students were sitting at the base of the arch when we arrived, they didn't realize they were being "Arch ...

We made it to the Delicate Arch! Fortunately, there weren't throngs of people when we arrived there. A group of German highschool students were sitting at the base of the arch when we arrived, they didn't realize they were being "Arch ...

We made it to the Delicate Arch! Fortunately, there weren't throngs of people when we arrived there. A group of German highschool students were sitting at the base of the arch when we arrived, they didn't realize they were being "Arch Hogs"! Signs at the parking area advise visitors to spend a short time at the base so others can enjoy the views unimpeded. 1307
89 A view of Delicate Arch from another small arch.

A view of Delicate Arch from another small arch.

A view of Delicate Arch from another small arch. 1418
90 The main "rule of the trail" in the wild is "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints". I thought of that rule when I saw these numerous tracks near the end of the trail at Delicate Arch.

The main "rule of the trail" in the wild is "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints". I thought of that rule when I saw these numerous tracks near the end of the trail at Delicate Arch.

The main "rule of the trail" in the wild is "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints". I thought of that rule when I saw these numerous tracks near the end of the trail at Delicate Arch. 1401
91 <strong>Black-tailed Jackrabbit</strong>
<em>Lepus californicus</em>
We saw this Jackrabbit when we went to to the lower viewpoint of Delicate Arch at the end of our hike to watch the sunset. It has much longer ears than the Desert Cottontail we saw ...

Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus We saw this Jackrabbit when we went to to the lower viewpoint of Delicate Arch at the end of our hike to watch the sunset. It has much longer ears than the Desert Cottontail we saw ...

Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus We saw this Jackrabbit when we went to to the lower viewpoint of Delicate Arch at the end of our hike to watch the sunset. It has much longer ears than the Desert Cottontail we saw 2 days earlier. The large ears help the animal dissipate excess heat. We were amazed at how well camouflaged it was. 1606
92 A distant view of Delicate Arch late in the afternoon. It is remarkable to watch the sunset and see the shadows overtake the red rock.

A distant view of Delicate Arch late in the afternoon. It is remarkable to watch the sunset and see the shadows overtake the red rock.

A distant view of Delicate Arch late in the afternoon. It is remarkable to watch the sunset and see the shadows overtake the red rock. 1228
93 <strong>Newspaper Rock</strong> is located along the highway to the Needles District of Canyonlands. This rock is famous for the numerous petroglyphs.

Newspaper Rock is located along the highway to the Needles District of Canyonlands. This rock is famous for the numerous petroglyphs.

Newspaper Rock is located along the highway to the Needles District of Canyonlands. This rock is famous for the numerous petroglyphs. 1306
94 The Newspaper Rock petroglypyhs are not as old as some of the others in the area due to the presence of horses in the scenes; horses were not on the western scene until the Spaniards arrived in the 1500's. There are deer, longhorned sheep, bear tracks,...

The Newspaper Rock petroglypyhs are not as old as some of the others in the area due to the presence of horses in the scenes; horses were not on the western scene until the Spaniards arrived in the 1500's. There are deer, longhorned sheep, bear tracks,...

The Newspaper Rock petroglypyhs are not as old as some of the others in the area due to the presence of horses in the scenes; horses were not on the western scene until the Spaniards arrived in the 1500's. There are deer, longhorned sheep, bear tracks, bison, rabbit tracks, snakes, and mystical symbols carved into the rock. Unfortunately, there are more modern additions scratched in by vandals! 1204
95 <strong>Canyonlands Gumweed</strong>
<em>Grindelia spp.</em>
<u>Navajo Name</u> - Wóláchíí beeyigá
 Translation = “Red Ant Killer”

Canyonlands Gumweed Grindelia spp. Navajo Name - Wóláchíí beeyigá Translation = Red Ant Killer

Canyonlands Gumweed Grindelia spp. Navajo Name - Wóláchíí beeyigá Translation = Red Ant Killer 1355
96 <strong>Prickly Pear</strong>
<em>Opuntia</em> spp. / Cactus Family
Canyonlands NP<br>
Ken found out the hard way that even the pretty red fruits of this cactus have wicked, tiny thorns (called <em>glochids</em>) when he touched one of them! It is t...

Prickly Pear Opuntia spp. / Cactus Family Canyonlands NP
Ken found out the hard way that even the pretty red fruits of this cactus have wicked, tiny thorns (called glochids) when he touched one of them! It is t...

Prickly Pear Opuntia spp. / Cactus Family Canyonlands NP
Ken found out the hard way that even the pretty red fruits of this cactus have wicked, tiny thorns (called glochids) when he touched one of them! It is truly amazing that some animals, such as javelinas and desert tortoises, can eat these prickly plants!
1424
97 On our second attempt to visit Canyonlands NP (the Needles District), we were <u>once again</u> chased out by storm! I guess we just weren't meant to go to that park! Since we were stopping there on our way to Bluff, we couldn't wait this one out. West...

On our second attempt to visit Canyonlands NP (the Needles District), we were once again chased out by storm! I guess we just weren't meant to go to that park! Since we were stopping there on our way to Bluff, we couldn't wait this one out. West...

On our second attempt to visit Canyonlands NP (the Needles District), we were once again chased out by storm! I guess we just weren't meant to go to that park! Since we were stopping there on our way to Bluff, we couldn't wait this one out. Western storms are beautiful to watch because they can be seen from so far away. Thunderstorms, caused by cumulonimbus clouds, are common in the desert because of the uplift of warm air each afternoon. 1242
98 We drove out of Canyonlands ahead of the storm. Being a Saturday, there were lots of climbers out enjoying the cliffs. There are four people climbing in this photo. I hope they got off the cliff before the storm hit!

We drove out of Canyonlands ahead of the storm. Being a Saturday, there were lots of climbers out enjoying the cliffs. There are four people climbing in this photo. I hope they got off the cliff before the storm hit!

We drove out of Canyonlands ahead of the storm. Being a Saturday, there were lots of climbers out enjoying the cliffs. There are four people climbing in this photo. I hope they got off the cliff before the storm hit! 1469
99 This is a close-up of the climbers. I had to prop my camera up on the hood of the car to get this shot.

This is a close-up of the climbers. I had to prop my camera up on the hood of the car to get this shot.

This is a close-up of the climbers. I had to prop my camera up on the hood of the car to get this shot. 1120
100 We enjoyed seeing this windmill and the cattle on the range as we drove to the Needles District of Canyonlands NP.

We enjoyed seeing this windmill and the cattle on the range as we drove to the Needles District of Canyonlands NP.

We enjoyed seeing this windmill and the cattle on the range as we drove to the Needles District of Canyonlands NP. 1295
101 I jumped out of the car to get one last photo of the storm as we drove out of Canyonlands.

I jumped out of the car to get one last photo of the storm as we drove out of Canyonlands.

I jumped out of the car to get one last photo of the storm as we drove out of Canyonlands. 1374
102 <strong>Sacred Datura</strong>
<em>Datura wrightii</em> / Nightshade Family
<u>Navajo Name</u> - Ch'óhjilyééh
Arches NP
October 5, 2005<br>
This is a very large white flower that, like its relative Jimsonweed, blooms between dusk and dawn. It w...

Sacred Datura Datura wrightii / Nightshade Family Navajo Name - Ch'óhjilyééh Arches NP October 5, 2005
This is a very large white flower that, like its relative Jimsonweed, blooms between dusk and dawn. It w...

Sacred Datura Datura wrightii / Nightshade Family Navajo Name - Ch'óhjilyééh Arches NP October 5, 2005
This is a very large white flower that, like its relative Jimsonweed, blooms between dusk and dawn. It was once used by western Native Americans to induce visions. Being a member of the Nightshade Family, it contains poisons.


clr: 1-w
2153
103 <strong>Goosenecks State Park</strong> is a remarkable place where the Colorado River has four meanders, one after the other. Four miles of river is looped into one mile as the "crow flies", the most tight series of meanders in the world. It is worth t...

Goosenecks State Park is a remarkable place where the Colorado River has four meanders, one after the other. Four miles of river is looped into one mile as the "crow flies", the most tight series of meanders in the world. It is worth t...

Goosenecks State Park is a remarkable place where the Colorado River has four meanders, one after the other. Four miles of river is looped into one mile as the "crow flies", the most tight series of meanders in the world. It is worth the long drive to see! This photo shows just one of the meanders. Note the bands of color in the layers of rock. This river has cut through the rock for millions of years. map... 1746
104 <strong>Scarlet Globemallow</strong>
<em>Sphaeralcea coccinea</em> / Mallow Family
<u>Navajo name</u> - Azee Nit&#322;’iní Translation = “Gummy Medicine”
Mexican Hat, UT
October 9, 2005<br>
These pretty little orange flowers add a nice touch o...

Scarlet Globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea / Mallow Family Navajo name - Azee Nitłiní Translation = Gummy Medicine Mexican Hat, UT October 9, 2005
These pretty little orange flowers add a nice touch o...

Scarlet Globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea / Mallow Family Navajo name - Azee Nitłiní Translation = Gummy Medicine Mexican Hat, UT October 9, 2005
These pretty little orange flowers add a nice touch of color to the roadsides.


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105 This view along the Monument Valley Highway was made famous in the movie, "Forest Gump". It was along this stretch of road that he finally quit running! I was surprised and disappointed to see so much trash along this highway, especially since we were ...

This view along the Monument Valley Highway was made famous in the movie, "Forest Gump". It was along this stretch of road that he finally quit running! I was surprised and disappointed to see so much trash along this highway, especially since we were ...

This view along the Monument Valley Highway was made famous in the movie, "Forest Gump". It was along this stretch of road that he finally quit running! I was surprised and disappointed to see so much trash along this highway, especially since we were on the Navajo Reservation. Unfortunately, most of the trash was beer cans, bottles, and cardboard containers. We had not seen one piece of trash along the highways in Utah until we crossed into the reservation. 1266
106 The beautiful <strong>Monument Valley</strong> is part of the Navajo Reservation. The Mittens are famous buttes that can be seen from the visitors center. We enjoyed our stop there. Some high school students from the reservation had done a research pro...

The beautiful Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Reservation. The Mittens are famous buttes that can be seen from the visitors center. We enjoyed our stop there. Some high school students from the reservation had done a research pro...

The beautiful Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Reservation. The Mittens are famous buttes that can be seen from the visitors center. We enjoyed our stop there. Some high school students from the reservation had done a research project on the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. There was an interesting and very well-done exhibit in the museum. map... 1613
107 We passed on the Monument Valley Navajo tour, it would have been interesting to hear the Navajos' commentary about the area but we didn't want to eat dust in the back of a pickup truck for two hours.

We passed on the Monument Valley Navajo tour, it would have been interesting to hear the Navajos' commentary about the area but we didn't want to eat dust in the back of a pickup truck for two hours.

We passed on the Monument Valley Navajo tour, it would have been interesting to hear the Navajos' commentary about the area but we didn't want to eat dust in the back of a pickup truck for two hours. 1235
108 I found this Purple Sage in a wash in Monument Valley.

I found this Purple Sage in a wash in Monument Valley.

I found this Purple Sage in a wash in Monument Valley. 1378
109 <strong>Fremont's Buckwheat</strong> 
<em>Eriogonum corymbosum</em> / Buckwheat Family
Dead Horse Point State Park
October 4, 2005<br>
This plant has pretty little white flowers with a bit of pink in them.

Fremont's Buckwheat Eriogonum corymbosum / Buckwheat Family Dead Horse Point State Park October 4, 2005
This plant has pretty little white flowers with a bit of pink in them.

Fremont's Buckwheat Eriogonum corymbosum / Buckwheat Family Dead Horse Point State Park October 4, 2005
This plant has pretty little white flowers with a bit of pink in them.


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110 <strong>Baby Aster</strong>
<em>Chaetopappa ericoides</em> / Composite Family
<u>Navajo name</u> -Níí’iini&#322;ts’óóz 
Translation = “slender snuff”
Mexican Hat, UT
October 10, 2005<br>
We stopped along a side road near the Mexican Hat r...

Baby Aster Chaetopappa ericoides / Composite Family Navajo name -Nííiiniłtsóóz Translation = slender snuff Mexican Hat, UT October 10, 2005
We stopped along a side road near the Mexican Hat r...

Baby Aster Chaetopappa ericoides / Composite Family Navajo name -Nííiiniłtsóóz Translation = slender snuff Mexican Hat, UT October 10, 2005
We stopped along a side road near the Mexican Hat rock formation to eat what was either a very late lunch or an early supper out of our styrofoam cooler. I couldn't wait to scarf down my sandwich so I could walk down the wash (dry creek bed) to check out the flowers. Sometimes I'd rather look at the local flora than eat!


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111 The <strong>Mexican Hat</strong> was more amazing to me than the Balanced Rock in Arches NP. There is a small town named after the rock. One day the softer layer of rock will erode away and the "hat" will lose its' "brim", crashing down to the the grou...

The Mexican Hat was more amazing to me than the Balanced Rock in Arches NP. There is a small town named after the rock. One day the softer layer of rock will erode away and the "hat" will lose its' "brim", crashing down to the the grou...

The Mexican Hat was more amazing to me than the Balanced Rock in Arches NP. There is a small town named after the rock. One day the softer layer of rock will erode away and the "hat" will lose its' "brim", crashing down to the the ground below. map... 1707
112 <strong>Preuss' Milk Vetch</strong>
<em>Astragalus preussii</em> / Pea Family
Mexican Hat, UT
October 9, 2005
It was getting late in the afternoon when I found this plant near the rock formation called the Mexican Hat. Plants in the <em>Astragalus<...

Preuss' Milk Vetch Astragalus preussii / Pea Family Mexican Hat, UT October 9, 2005 It was getting late in the afternoon when I found this plant near the rock formation called the Mexican Hat. Plants in the Astragalus<...

Preuss' Milk Vetch Astragalus preussii / Pea Family Mexican Hat, UT October 9, 2005 It was getting late in the afternoon when I found this plant near the rock formation called the Mexican Hat. Plants in the Astragalus genus are highly poisonous to cattle, horses, and sheep, they contain selenium, nitro compounds, swainsonine.


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113 The Red Rock erodes into beautiful, sinuous patterns.

The Red Rock erodes into beautiful, sinuous patterns.

The Red Rock erodes into beautiful, sinuous patterns. 1423
114 <strong>Valley of the Gods</strong> was an interesting 17-mile sidetrip on our way to Canyonlands from Bluff. The tour books call it a "smaller version of Monument Valley". The best part was it was virtually  "tourist-free" and there was no charge! Be ...

Valley of the Gods was an interesting 17-mile sidetrip on our way to Canyonlands from Bluff. The tour books call it a "smaller version of Monument Valley". The best part was it was virtually "tourist-free" and there was no charge! Be ...

Valley of the Gods was an interesting 17-mile sidetrip on our way to Canyonlands from Bluff. The tour books call it a "smaller version of Monument Valley". The best part was it was virtually "tourist-free" and there was no charge! Be sure and check the weather forcast and watch the road conditions, driving through the frequent washes would be ill-advised during a rainstorm. map... 1565
115 <strong>Bush Encelia</strong>
<em>Encelia frutescens</em> / Aster Family
Valley of the Gods
October 10, 2005<br>
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the Valley of the Gods road since I had seen many of them with dead flowerheads all week.

Bush Encelia Encelia frutescens / Aster Family Valley of the Gods October 10, 2005
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the Valley of the Gods road since I had seen many of them with dead flowerheads all week.

Bush Encelia Encelia frutescens / Aster Family Valley of the Gods October 10, 2005
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the Valley of the Gods road since I had seen many of them with dead flowerheads all week.


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116 <strong>Desert Trumpet</strong>
<em>Eriogonum inflatum</em> Buckwheat Family
Valley of the Gods
October 10, 2005<br>
Desert Trumpet is a fascinating plant with small yellow flowers (see following photo). The inflated stems are interesting, they dry...

Desert Trumpet Eriogonum inflatum Buckwheat Family Valley of the Gods October 10, 2005
Desert Trumpet is a fascinating plant with small yellow flowers (see following photo). The inflated stems are interesting, they dry...

Desert Trumpet Eriogonum inflatum Buckwheat Family Valley of the Gods October 10, 2005
Desert Trumpet is a fascinating plant with small yellow flowers (see following photo). The inflated stems are interesting, they dry after the plant dies. I also saw it on my trip to Arizona this spring.


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117 Desert Trumpet - close-up of flowers

Desert Trumpet - close-up of flowers

Desert Trumpet - close-up of flowers 1277
118 We didn't want to have to backtrack north of Bluff, so we decided to brave the drive up the <strong>Moki Dugway</strong>. A <u>Scenic Drives of Utah</u> book called this section of the highway a "white knuckle drive". It was amazing to think we could a...

We didn't want to have to backtrack north of Bluff, so we decided to brave the drive up the Moki Dugway. A Scenic Drives of Utah book called this section of the highway a "white knuckle drive". It was amazing to think we could a...

We didn't want to have to backtrack north of Bluff, so we decided to brave the drive up the Moki Dugway. A Scenic Drives of Utah book called this section of the highway a "white knuckle drive". It was amazing to think we could actually drive up this steep mesa and live to tell about it! :) map... 2922
119 About half-way up the <strong>Moki Dugway</strong> we stopped at a pullout to see what we had just driven on! Wow, what a drive! This section of the road is gravel. The paved part of the road is visible in the middle of the left side of the photo.

About half-way up the Moki Dugway we stopped at a pullout to see what we had just driven on! Wow, what a drive! This section of the road is gravel. The paved part of the road is visible in the middle of the left side of the photo.

About half-way up the Moki Dugway we stopped at a pullout to see what we had just driven on! Wow, what a drive! This section of the road is gravel. The paved part of the road is visible in the middle of the left side of the photo. 1390
120 We  made it to the top of the Moki (a.k.a. Mokee) Dugway! Wow, it's a <u>long way</u> down! This sign warns drivers what is ahead from the top.

We made it to the top of the Moki (a.k.a. Mokee) Dugway! Wow, it's a long way down! This sign warns drivers what is ahead from the top.

We made it to the top of the Moki (a.k.a. Mokee) Dugway! Wow, it's a long way down! This sign warns drivers what is ahead from the top. 1498
121 <strong>Wyoming Indian Paintbrush </strong>
<em>Castilleja linarifolia</em> 
Natural Bridges National Monument
October 10, 2005<br>
I was glad to see this beautiful, bright red Paintbrush blooming along the road at Natural Bridges National Monument...

Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Castilleja linarifolia Natural Bridges National Monument October 10, 2005
I was glad to see this beautiful, bright red Paintbrush blooming along the road at Natural Bridges National Monument...

Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Castilleja linarifolia Natural Bridges National Monument October 10, 2005
I was glad to see this beautiful, bright red Paintbrush blooming along the road at Natural Bridges National Monument. The actual flowers are found inside the red "bracts". See following photo to see the real flowers.


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122 Indian Paintbrush close-up
The yellow pointed structures are the flowers, the pistil is visible on the middle flower.

Indian Paintbrush close-up The yellow pointed structures are the flowers, the pistil is visible on the middle flower.

Indian Paintbrush close-up The yellow pointed structures are the flowers, the pistil is visible on the middle flower. 1595
123 Utah Juniper is very prevalent in southern Utah. It does not grow to be a very large tree. The female trees were loaded with these blue berries.

Utah Juniper is very prevalent in southern Utah. It does not grow to be a very large tree. The female trees were loaded with these blue berries.

Utah Juniper is very prevalent in southern Utah. It does not grow to be a very large tree. The female trees were loaded with these blue berries. 1322
124 This Utah Juniper has a strange growth, probably a gall, that looks like a flower.

This Utah Juniper has a strange growth, probably a gall, that looks like a flower.

This Utah Juniper has a strange growth, probably a gall, that looks like a flower. 1689
125 <strong>Natural Bridges National Monument</strong>
There are three bridges in the park named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu. This bridge is Owachomo. Natural bridges differ from arches by being carved by running water rather than wind and ice. Unfortuna...

Natural Bridges National Monument There are three bridges in the park named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu. This bridge is Owachomo. Natural bridges differ from arches by being carved by running water rather than wind and ice. Unfortuna...

Natural Bridges National Monument There are three bridges in the park named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu. This bridge is Owachomo. Natural bridges differ from arches by being carved by running water rather than wind and ice. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to visit this park since we were driving to Capitol Reef later that afternoon. 1279
126 The Natural Bridges National Monument native ruins date before the arrival of the Spanish explorers. These ruins were visible from an overlook high above the canyon. Seeing these homes and storage buildings makes the hiker appreciate these amazing earl...

The Natural Bridges National Monument native ruins date before the arrival of the Spanish explorers. These ruins were visible from an overlook high above the canyon. Seeing these homes and storage buildings makes the hiker appreciate these amazing earl...

The Natural Bridges National Monument native ruins date before the arrival of the Spanish explorers. These ruins were visible from an overlook high above the canyon. Seeing these homes and storage buildings makes the hiker appreciate these amazing early people! 1143
127 I sampled these <strong>Pinyon pine</strong> nuts (or at least I tried to!). The nuts were "duds", all I got was a mouthfull of shells! The ancient people depended on these nuts as a source of protein. These pines are not lofty, soaring trees, so it wa...

I sampled these Pinyon pine nuts (or at least I tried to!). The nuts were "duds", all I got was a mouthfull of shells! The ancient people depended on these nuts as a source of protein. These pines are not lofty, soaring trees, so it wa...

I sampled these Pinyon pine nuts (or at least I tried to!). The nuts were "duds", all I got was a mouthfull of shells! The ancient people depended on these nuts as a source of protein. These pines are not lofty, soaring trees, so it wasn't too difficult to get the nuts. 2072
128 We saw lots of these lizards in Utah. They are very fast and difficult to photograph!

We saw lots of these lizards in Utah. They are very fast and difficult to photograph!

We saw lots of these lizards in Utah. They are very fast and difficult to photograph! 1393
129 <strong>Bridges Evening Primrose</strong>
<em>Oenothera longissima</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Natural Bridges National Monument
October 10, 2005<br>
The stems of these flowers are very long. Perhaps they make it easier for moths to pollinate th...

Bridges Evening Primrose Oenothera longissima / Evening Primrose Family Natural Bridges National Monument October 10, 2005
The stems of these flowers are very long. Perhaps they make it easier for moths to pollinate th...

Bridges Evening Primrose Oenothera longissima / Evening Primrose Family Natural Bridges National Monument October 10, 2005
The stems of these flowers are very long. Perhaps they make it easier for moths to pollinate the flowers.


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130 <strong>Lake Powell</strong> formed when the Colorado River was dammed by the Glen Canyon Dam. The small town of Hite was drowned by the rising lake. The boat launch of the marina can be seen on the left of the photo. Due to a long drought, the lake le...

Lake Powell formed when the Colorado River was dammed by the Glen Canyon Dam. The small town of Hite was drowned by the rising lake. The boat launch of the marina can be seen on the left of the photo. Due to a long drought, the lake le...

Lake Powell formed when the Colorado River was dammed by the Glen Canyon Dam. The small town of Hite was drowned by the rising lake. The boat launch of the marina can be seen on the left of the photo. Due to a long drought, the lake level was very low. 1443
131 Hainesville, Utah is like being on another planet! The scenery is very different here.

Hainesville, Utah is like being on another planet! The scenery is very different here.

Hainesville, Utah is like being on another planet! The scenery is very different here. 1492
132 The Fremont river flows through Capitol Reef NP. The river looked more like a small creek, but at least it runs constantly! I had to "doctor" this photo a bit using the lovely sunset from one and the river and cliffs from another. I have a bit more pra...

The Fremont river flows through Capitol Reef NP. The river looked more like a small creek, but at least it runs constantly! I had to "doctor" this photo a bit using the lovely sunset from one and the river and cliffs from another. I have a bit more pra...

The Fremont river flows through Capitol Reef NP. The river looked more like a small creek, but at least it runs constantly! I had to "doctor" this photo a bit using the lovely sunset from one and the river and cliffs from another. I have a bit more practice to do before I get good at "doctoring"! 1315
133 The colors of the rock layers at Capitol Reef are incredible! Each layer of sandstone has a name and tells a story of the Earth's past. 
<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=111048428162997367442.00044302c1562b1aa2e83&ll=38...

The colors of the rock layers at Capitol Reef are incredible! Each layer of sandstone has a name and tells a story of the Earth's past.

The colors of the rock layers at Capitol Reef are incredible! Each layer of sandstone has a name and tells a story of the Earth's past. map... 1523
134 These marks are <strong>Petrified Ripples</strong> from a ancient sand dune.

These marks are Petrified Ripples from a ancient sand dune.

These marks are Petrified Ripples from a ancient sand dune. 1334
135 This cliff in Capitol Reef is "painted" with stripes of Desert Varnish.

This cliff in Capitol Reef is "painted" with stripes of Desert Varnish.

This cliff in Capitol Reef is "painted" with stripes of Desert Varnish. 2510
136 <strong>Nakedstem Bahia</strong>
<em>Platyschkuhria integrifolia</em> / Aster Family
Capitol Reef NP
October 11, 2005<br>
Boy, I'd hate to have to spell the genus name for this plant every day! This plant was blooming very late in the year. I was h...

Nakedstem Bahia Platyschkuhria integrifolia / Aster Family Capitol Reef NP October 11, 2005
Boy, I'd hate to have to spell the genus name for this plant every day! This plant was blooming very late in the year. I was h...

Nakedstem Bahia Platyschkuhria integrifolia / Aster Family Capitol Reef NP October 11, 2005
Boy, I'd hate to have to spell the genus name for this plant every day! This plant was blooming very late in the year. I was happy to find it, I had another new flower to add to my life list!


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137 <strong>Greenstem Paperflower</strong>
<em>Psilostrophe sparsiflora</em>
Capitol Reef NP
October 11, 2005<br>
This flower gets its' common name from the way the flowers dry to a papery texture.

Greenstem Paperflower Psilostrophe sparsiflora Capitol Reef NP October 11, 2005
This flower gets its' common name from the way the flowers dry to a papery texture.

Greenstem Paperflower Psilostrophe sparsiflora Capitol Reef NP October 11, 2005
This flower gets its' common name from the way the flowers dry to a papery texture.


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1933
138 This hole, along with many others, was a reminder of why it is so dangerous to hike in a wash if storms are nearby. The holes were 10 - 15 feet above the canyon floor. The rounded stones inside them grind the holes even bigger with each storm that scou...

This hole, along with many others, was a reminder of why it is so dangerous to hike in a wash if storms are nearby. The holes were 10 - 15 feet above the canyon floor. The rounded stones inside them grind the holes even bigger with each storm that scou...

This hole, along with many others, was a reminder of why it is so dangerous to hike in a wash if storms are nearby. The holes were 10 - 15 feet above the canyon floor. The rounded stones inside them grind the holes even bigger with each storm that scours the canyon. 1332
139 The rangers used a bit of artistic license with this cairn at Capitol Reef NP. I guess it gets boring just stacking rocks one on top of the other every 20 feet or so, adding a "balancing act" must make the chore more challenging!

The rangers used a bit of artistic license with this cairn at Capitol Reef NP. I guess it gets boring just stacking rocks one on top of the other every 20 feet or so, adding a "balancing act" must make the chore more challenging!

The rangers used a bit of artistic license with this cairn at Capitol Reef NP. I guess it gets boring just stacking rocks one on top of the other every 20 feet or so, adding a "balancing act" must make the chore more challenging! 1255
140 <strong>Mule Deer</strong>
<em>Odocoileus hemionus</em> 

The early Mormon settlers planted cherry, apple, pear, peach,  apricot, mulberry,and plum trees along the Fremont River in an area called "Fruita". Park visitors are able to pick the fruit in...

Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus The early Mormon settlers planted cherry, apple, pear, peach, apricot, mulberry,and plum trees along the Fremont River in an area called "Fruita". Park visitors are able to pick the fruit in...

Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus The early Mormon settlers planted cherry, apple, pear, peach, apricot, mulberry,and plum trees along the Fremont River in an area called "Fruita". Park visitors are able to pick the fruit in season for a small fee. Mule deer get to enjoy the fallen fruit for free! Signs at the visitors center warn visitors of the dangers of mountain lions that stalk the deer. Living in the relatively safe east, it seems strange to visit the western parks where there are animals (grizzly bears and mountain lions) that can eat you! 1647
141 All school teachers should visit the tiny <strong>Fruita schoolhouse</strong>, they will never complain about being overcrowded in a small classroom again! This quaint little one-room schoolhouse was built by the Mormon settlers in 1896. It could hold ...

All school teachers should visit the tiny Fruita schoolhouse, they will never complain about being overcrowded in a small classroom again! This quaint little one-room schoolhouse was built by the Mormon settlers in 1896. It could hold ...

All school teachers should visit the tiny Fruita schoolhouse, they will never complain about being overcrowded in a small classroom again! This quaint little one-room schoolhouse was built by the Mormon settlers in 1896. It could hold up to 26 children of many different ages. After hours it was used for dances and community socials. 1130
142 These strange petroglyphs on a cliffside in Fruita look like some type of extra terrestrial beings with horns and antennae! They were probably shamans or religious figures.

These strange petroglyphs on a cliffside in Fruita look like some type of extra terrestrial beings with horns and antennae! They were probably shamans or religious figures.

These strange petroglyphs on a cliffside in Fruita look like some type of extra terrestrial beings with horns and antennae! They were probably shamans or religious figures. 1332
143 We spent two nights at the beautiful Torrey Schoolhouse B&B. The owner has spared no expense to make the old schoolrooms into comfortable and inviting guest rooms. Ken and I stayed in the "Reading Room" which had hardwood floors, an Italian marble bath...

We spent two nights at the beautiful Torrey Schoolhouse B&B. The owner has spared no expense to make the old schoolrooms into comfortable and inviting guest rooms. Ken and I stayed in the "Reading Room" which had hardwood floors, an Italian marble bath...

We spent two nights at the beautiful Torrey Schoolhouse B&B. The owner has spared no expense to make the old schoolrooms into comfortable and inviting guest rooms. Ken and I stayed in the "Reading Room" which had hardwood floors, an Italian marble bathroom, a down comforter on the bed, and a wonderful massaging recliner chair. The original building was built by Mormon settlers and finished in 1916. Fortunately, the owner had the foresight to save this wonderful old building from the wrecking ball, it was slated for demolition. The three rooms on the upper floor were added during the renovation. Next year (2006) the yard will be landscaped with native plants which will add to the beauty of the schoolhouse. 1188
144 On our last day we drove up to Fish Lake (to see water again afer almost two weeks of desert drought). These free-range  cattle were wandering across the highway.

On our last day we drove up to Fish Lake (to see water again afer almost two weeks of desert drought). These free-range cattle were wandering across the highway.

On our last day we drove up to Fish Lake (to see water again afer almost two weeks of desert drought). These free-range cattle were wandering across the highway. 1157
145 We enjoy staying off the interstates as much as possible to get to see the rural areas of the states we visit. We were glad to see the snow on top of 11,928 foot high Mt. Nebo near Nephi, UT.

We enjoy staying off the interstates as much as possible to get to see the rural areas of the states we visit. We were glad to see the snow on top of 11,928 foot high Mt. Nebo near Nephi, UT.

We enjoy staying off the interstates as much as possible to get to see the rural areas of the states we visit. We were glad to see the snow on top of 11,928 foot high Mt. Nebo near Nephi, UT. 1277
146 A wildfire had recently scorched the land west of Utah Lake. We saw Smoky Bear signs warning people that only they can prevent range fires!

A wildfire had recently scorched the land west of Utah Lake. We saw Smoky Bear signs warning people that only they can prevent range fires!

A wildfire had recently scorched the land west of Utah Lake. We saw Smoky Bear signs warning people that only they can prevent range fires! 1209
147 We got to the <strong>Kennecott's Bingham Canyon mine</strong> near Salt Lake City late on the afternoon of our last day in Utah. I have taught my students about this mine for years and we have flown over it several times on our ski trips, so I really ...

We got to the Kennecott's Bingham Canyon mine near Salt Lake City late on the afternoon of our last day in Utah. I have taught my students about this mine for years and we have flown over it several times on our ski trips, so I really ...

We got to the Kennecott's Bingham Canyon mine near Salt Lake City late on the afternoon of our last day in Utah. I have taught my students about this mine for years and we have flown over it several times on our ski trips, so I really wanted to see the huge pit. It is 2-1/2 miles across and 3/4-mile deep. It is both amazing and depressing to think that an entire mountain has been destroyed to satiate our appetite for copper! All the more reason to recycle metals! This mine is one of two man-made structures that can be seen from the Space Station. The other one is the Great Wall of China. My pictures were a bit over-exposed because I was practically taking them into the sun! I have such a hard time with light, it seems like there's always either too little or too much! 1295
148 This shovel at the bottom of the Bingham Canyon mine is large enough to hold a pickup truck! A couple of scoops will fill one of the huge haulage trucks.

This shovel at the bottom of the Bingham Canyon mine is large enough to hold a pickup truck! A couple of scoops will fill one of the huge haulage trucks.

This shovel at the bottom of the Bingham Canyon mine is large enough to hold a pickup truck! A couple of scoops will fill one of the huge haulage trucks. 1179
149 This huge haulage truck tire is in the parking lot just outside the Visitor's Center at the mine. This tire is one of six that carry the giant trucks around the mine. It is 11 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 8,000 pounds, has a 44" tread width, it will last...

This huge haulage truck tire is in the parking lot just outside the Visitor's Center at the mine. This tire is one of six that carry the giant trucks around the mine. It is 11 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 8,000 pounds, has a 44" tread width, it will last...

This huge haulage truck tire is in the parking lot just outside the Visitor's Center at the mine. This tire is one of six that carry the giant trucks around the mine. It is 11 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 8,000 pounds, has a 44" tread width, it will last about 1 year, and it costs $20,000! Now that's a tire! photo by a by-stander 1446
150 The haulage trucks are taking the raw ore to the crusher.

The haulage trucks are taking the raw ore to the crusher.

The haulage trucks are taking the raw ore to the crusher. 1292
151 Haulage trucks taking ore to the crusher at the mine. The ore travels through a tunnel to the smelter 4 miles away in Salt Lake City.

Haulage trucks taking ore to the crusher at the mine. The ore travels through a tunnel to the smelter 4 miles away in Salt Lake City.

Haulage trucks taking ore to the crusher at the mine. The ore travels through a tunnel to the smelter 4 miles away in Salt Lake City. 1713

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