Julie & Bob's Desert Adventure


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LaSalle Mountains from just outside Canyonlands on the way to the Needles Overlook

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North Sixshooter Peak on the way into the Needles District the next morning

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Morning light making its way into Canyonlands

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It's sure good to be out of car after all that driving

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We hiked from the campground to Druid Arch and back, and a loop from Elephant Hill through Chesler Park

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Redrock rimrock panorama in Elephant Canyon

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Druid Arch

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Bob really isn't that tall, it's a perspective thing

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Julie enjoying her views

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Druid Arch and environs

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The way out through twisty canyons

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Sandstone patterns

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Our home at Squaw Flats campground in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park

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Sandstone

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We passed this tree in this narrow canyon several times out and back from hikes

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Lizard holding up trail marking cairn so tourists won't get lost

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Silvery Townsendia

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Emerging leaves

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Yucca curlicues

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This and the next few slides are views along the way to Chesler Park

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A great surprise was this slot canyon

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Chesler Park

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Sipapu Bridge

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Under Kachina Bridge

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Ruins

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Fringed Gromwell or Stoneseed (lithospermum incisum)

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Owachomo Bridge

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Looking down into Owl Canyon

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Ruins

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In Owl Canyon

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Pouroff near bottom of the canyon

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Owl Canyon floor

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Neville Arch

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Two-tailed lizard

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Making our way into Fish Canyon

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After making our way up Fish Canyon a steep climb brought us to this overlook at the rim

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Evening Primrose

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This and the next few slides are views along our drive south then up steep switchbacks

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Switchbacks

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Road up to our Upper Muley Twist canyon and rim hike, and the spot where we spent the night huddled in the front seats of our rented sportage

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Upper Muley Twist canyon

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Saddle Arch

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Fremont's Barberry (Berberis fremontii)

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Sandstone ghoul

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Sandstone waves

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The canyon narrows

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Julie exploring above the slot's end

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Sandstone formations

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On Upper Muley Canyon rim looking north up the waterpocket fold

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Indian paintbrush (Castilleja sp)

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Looking south along the waterpocket fold from the rim

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A pretty green landscape here but that wasn't the norm

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This is more representative of this country

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Temple to the Sun and Temple to the Moon

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Cassidy Arch below and, in fact, we walked right over it

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A panorama from Cassidy Arch looking mostly north

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The Scenic Drive leaves Fruita and passes much landscape like this

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Western escarpment of Capitol Reef

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Another scene from the "Scenic Drive"

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Returning to Fruita

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Having fixed up Gertie's ailments, we headed out of Loa and on toward Grand Escalante-Staircase and had a nice evening amble from our camp

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Julie is a bit tough to wake up some mornings when on vacation

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A Claret Cactus on our next hike which was down into canyons to Death Hollow - why would anybody hike into "Death Hollow?"

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Scarlet Gilia

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Snowball sand verbena (Abronia fragrans) not quite open yet

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We were going down now after a long sandy slog

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Water welling up beside the stream in Death Hollow

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Hanging garden on the canyon wall

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Poison ivy just waiting to do its stuff to our ankles

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Looking back to Death Hollow

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Another of many Claret Cacti

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A Penstemon

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We have lots of paintbruses in Washington but these Utah specimens are breathtaking

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Gong up now with Death Hollow at that bend in the canyon in the center

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A Borage…

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…with a very intricate blossom

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Sage and Juniper and that sloppy sand everywhere as we hike back to waiting Gertie and showers in the sun

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That same Gilia a few hours later is the same but for its shadow

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Waterfall in a diversion ditch for irrigation completed in 1892

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Aspens budding against a clear blue sky at 7300'

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Bassamroot

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A Buttercup enjoying the snowmelt and sun

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Aspens

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Julie relaxing while Bob works away at documenting plants and such

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Upper campground with its views of Mount Wheeler wasn't open yet

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Julie takes in the view toward Mount Wheeler

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Visiting sapsucker - well I guess we're the visiting ones

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Even though we're in dry Eastern Oregon this campground at the base of the Steens Mountains was the first on the trip with grass and yes, the camp host said to park on it!

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A pair of Cinnamon Teals - are they the same pair I've seen here three times on other trips, other years?

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