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Our first backroads adventure: Zion, the finale.

We did not know it then, but 1997 was a great time to visit Zion National Park.  We were able to drive into the park.  It was not crowded on the trails, and at points, we were even able to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part eight: the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

As we were still gainfully employed and our vacation time was limited, we moved quickly on from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab, then through the beautiful high meadows of the Kaibab Forest to the North Rim of the Grand … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part seven: Bryce Canyon.

For the most part, the remainder of our trip was on main roads, but often the “main roads” were two-lane paved roads that would be considered back roads in most of the country. For instance, Utah 12 from Capitol Reef … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure; part six: good roads and great scenery.

Once we left the Tavaputz Plateau, we encountered just a few dirt roads, but the scenery was fabulous. Heading South, we passed through Helper, so named because coal trains required a “helper locomotive” to get over the mountain. There is … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part five: we drive over one hundred miles on unpaved roads and trails.

We wanted to visit Randlett, Utah, a post office near the Ute First Americans tribal headquarters in Fort Duchesne. Randlett was named for a very distant relative who was an Indian Agent in the 1800s and probably sold whiskey to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part 4: Moab and vicinity.

This part of our 1997 trip was often on small roads, but they were principal routes in the part of Utah where we were travelling. Leaving Canyonlands, we headed north and passed Wilson’s Arch, close to the highway and one … Continue reading

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Our first back roads adventure, part three: over the Lukachukai Pass to Canyonlands.

We could have driven straight north from Chinle after seeing Canyon de Chelly.  It would have been a more direct road to the south part of Canyonlands National Park.  But after 25 years, I forget why we chose instead to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part two: Canyon De Chelly

Leaving the Grand Canyon, we decided to head for Chinle and the Canyon De Chelly National Monument.  A dirt road across the Navajo Nation seemed more direct than the Arizona and U.S. highways.  We had gone a long way and … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure. Part One

One should live in the present, but rule two above says one should take time to be grateful.  We are very grateful for the many wonderful experiences we have had.  So, I plan to reminisce for the next couple posts … Continue reading

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Strange weather and Reuben Partridge’s bridges

We think we have readjusted to winter after 25 years in Florida, but when temperatures ran about twenty degrees above average the first weekend in March, we rejoiced and had to get out of the house, even if just for … Continue reading

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