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Valley Of The Gods And Monument Valley

Valley of the Gods  A scenic sandstone valley near Mexican Hat in San Juan County, southeastern Utah. It is north of Monument Valley across the San Juan River, and has similar rock formations to Monument Valley, albeit on a smaller scale, with tall, red, isolated mesas, buttes, and cliffs standing above the level valley floor, remnants of an ancient landscape. The Valley of the Gods area may be toured via a 17-mile (27 km) gravel road (FR 242) that winds amongst the eerie formations; this is rather steep and bumpy in parts but is passable by normal vehicles in good and dry weather. The western end joins UT 261 shortly before its 1,200-foot (370 m) ascent up Cedar Mesa at Moki Dugway, while the eastern end starts 9 miles (14 km) from the town of Mexican Hat along US 163 and heads north, ...

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Canyonlands National Park: A Natural Wonderland

Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Two large river canyons are carved into the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River and Green River.[4] Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is ...

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Kodachrome Basin: Utah’s Hidden Gem

Kodachrome Basin is a state park of Utah, USA. It is situated 5,800 feet (1,767.8 m) above sea level, 12 miles (19 km) south of Utah Route 12, and 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park. It is accessible from the north from Cannonville by a paved road and from the south by Road 400, a dirt road from the Page, Arizona area to Cannonville, passable for most vehicles in dry conditions. A longer but paved route to Tropic from the south is also available via US-89 and SR-12. Differing geological explanations of the features in the park Kodachrome Basin State Park exist. One explanation is that the area was once similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up ...

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Capitol Reef National Park: Nature’s Playground

Capitol Reef National Park is a United States National Park, in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres (377.98 sq mi; 97,895.08 ha; 978.95 km2) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 mi (121 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park. “Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named ...

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Zion National Park: What To See

Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park’s unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 ...

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Bryce Canyon National Park: What To See

Bryce Canyon National Park is a National Park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m). The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s ...

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Arches National Park: Nature’s Finest Architecture

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park is located just outside of Moab, Utah, and is 76,679 acres (119.811 sq mi; 31,031 ha; 310.31 km2) in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average. Administered by the National ...

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Ramblings Of Traveler – BONUS BLOG – Last Mystery Of Vietnam

Last Mystery of Vietnam (a touchy – feely, serious blog) My thrill is traveling to a land that crawls its way into my memories and keeps getting better long after I have returned home. There is a warm, glowing spot in my heart remembering the six weeks I spent in Thailand with all its gaudy, noisy, crazy, bright colors, festivities, wonderful delights, superstitions, and religious fervor running deep in the veins of its followers and culture. There is nowhere in the world like Cambodia with the sadness of its ancient & not so distant past, with its struggle to keep up with present and future changing times, and its unmatched jungle ruins, and I will be there often in my thoughts. But it’s the magic ...

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Ramblings Of A Traveler – SE Asia #1

RAMBLINGS OF A SOUTHEAST (SE) ASIA TRAVELER: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam #1  IN THE BEGINNING Where to go in SE Asia: Everyone asks me, “How do you know where to go when you travel?” Well, let’s admit it right here, I am a traveling fool. If I haven’t got at least 3 trips planned at one time, I breakout in a very itchy rash. In addition, I am not writing a travel guide here, but I can tell you it doesn’t matter where you go. I sincerely advise and hope you keep some of my ramblings in mind wherever you go because I have experienced what no one should have to. Here are my top 5 suggestions: Do THE tourist things (get a good guidebook, ...

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Acadia National Park: Breathtaking Maine Coastline

Acadia National Park – also known as L’Isle des Monts Déserts (the island of barren deserts) – is just over 47 acres of scenic landscaping, good eating, and activities for all ages. Just three years shy of being 100 years young, this nature-getaway is spread lushly across the vast Mount Desert Island in Maine, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect place for wanderlusts, hikers, sightseers, fishers, and basically everyone else, too! Families, nature enthusiasts, and solo travelers alike find their niches here at Acadia National Park. When Should You Visit? Well, Acadia National Park is open all year-round! There is not a bad time to go. However, if you want to be able to take a short visit to the Main Visitor ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: FAMILY VACATION #3 Flying the Monarch

The Oregon coast has more than its share of cool looking ocean rocks and sand to go with them. Oregon coast is famous for some serious, bad, cold, windy weather and cool-looking cliffs and indescribable scenery everywhere you look down the 363-mile long coast. The indescribable scenery along the Oregon coast, if you are lucky to catch one of the nice clear days without dense fog or beating winds, is nothing short of breath taking. I don’t think there is any coastline anywhere in the world that can beat the Oregon coast for scenery. Yeah okay, the weather sucks most of the time (I think I said that), but that’s a minor inconvenience when you actually see what I am talking about. Haystack Rock on Cannon beach ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER – FAMILY VACATION #1 Who Gets To Come

This blog is a different type of blog than what I usually post in my series, “Rambler of a Traveler.”  But since it is summer and the family time to travel, I thought I would veer off my usual course of International travel. Next month, I will be back to taking you around world with my rambles. Thank-you for taking the time to read the Ramblings Series. #1 Who Gets to Come, Establishing the Ground Rules, Getting out of town SELECTING WHO GETS TO COME Now there is only one way to do this. You will want to pick a variety of family members. The elders, the babies with colic, the teenagers that hate everything in site including you, the middle aged dad who is ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER in NEW ENGLAND: #1 The Colors of Woodstock

So let’s be a little silly and ramble a bit about New England in the fall. What could I possibly write about the New England fall that hasn’t already been written? How can a Rambling Traveler from the wind-swept-treeless plains of Montana possibly know anything about the fall leaves a falling in New England? Here’s the deal, New England fall is – well there are no more adjectives left in the English language to describe New England fall. O.K. then, let’s ramble about a special little town in Vermont in October, but first …………. My first introduction to Vermont was through T.V. by watching reruns of the Newhart Show. Newhart was a goofy sitcom that ran from 1982-1990. The show was about a couple that ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: #2 RUSSIA – Fast Train to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg and Leningrad are the same Russian City. Before communism took the reins in 1922, the city was named St. Petersburg. During communism times, the city was renamed Leningrad after the most “loved” communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Since the fall of Communism in 1991, St. Petersburg has returned. O.K. Whatever! Oh what a beautiful city, but let’s first ramble on a bit about how I got to town. St. Petersburg is 13 hours by slow train from Moscow. Railroad between Moscow and Peter was first opened in 1851 and is 405 miles long. Train travel today takes between 3 ½ to 9 hrs, depending what type of train you go on. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I took the fast train pictured ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: RUSSIA – #1 Moscow Madness

So going to Moscow Russia was at the very bottom of my international travel bucket list. To be honest, I never thought I would go there nor did I really care to go. However as most addicted travelers such as I will tell you, “We are the type of folks who will go anywhere, anytime, anyhow if at all possible”. A 5-night stay in Moscow, Russia was being auctioned off at a benefit dinner in my local town. And my faithful readers will never guess who won a 5-night stay at a very nice hotel at the edge of the Red Square overlooking all of Moscow’s hotspots. The winnings DID include an awesome daylong city tour with a drop-dead gorgeous Russian lady, but DID NOT ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: #3 CUBA – Leaving There

#3 LEAVING THERE Now I love to travel – that should already be a known fact by the reader of this blog. And the last day on any trip is the worst possible day of my life at the time. Not because I don’t want to go home, because I do, but because I have gotten such an extreme thrill out of visiting whatever country I am in. But I have to say that to leave Cuba was unusually hard on my mental psychic, to say the least. So here is what I am going to miss about Cuba for the rest of my thrilling life. I will miss the transportation other than the group tour bus. I will miss the Taxis. Believe me, if ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER In Cuba: #2 BEING THERE

#2 BEING IN CUBA What to do in Cuba with the “Group?” You can always learn how to dry your rice. All you have to do is have the tour bus pull over to the side of the road, have the group get out of the bus, and talk to some local field workers. So here’s what they do. They harvest the rice, but it is still too wet to be stored. So what does Cuba have a lot of? That would be sunshine, and lot’s of cheap manual labor. So the workers load up the rice in donkey/mule pulled carts, find a paved road and spread it out on half the road everyday until its dry. That saves on electricity, plus its all natural. ...

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