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The Bear’s Ears: Utah

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited the Bear’s Ears in Utah this week as part of a review of National Monuments. President Obama declared the area a National Monument despite the opposition of the Utah Congressional delegation and many … Continue reading

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Capitol Reef National Park

Utah has five National Parks.  Each is unique.  Many people visit Bryce with its hoodoos and Zion with its canyon vegetation which are close to Las Vegas.  Arches and Canyonlands both  have features obvious in their names. Capitol Reef National … Continue reading

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A Colorado River boat ride

We would love a raft trip down the Colorado River, rushing through the rapids.  It isn’t going to happen.  I can’t get my hearing aids wet and can’t hear the guide without them. Nor could Alie’s arthritic joints stand the … Continue reading

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An Interstate highway to love (or some of it).

We travel on Interstates if we want to get somewhere quickly.  But anyone who has read much of this blog knows we do our best to avoid them.  While efficient most of the time, they are boring all of the … Continue reading

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Just another spectacular southwestern drive

Our river guide said Utah 128 was voted the second most scenic drive in the nation.  I don’t know who “votes” on these things.  We have had many fabulous drives.  Nonetheless, we remembered Utah 128 from the first time we took it … Continue reading

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The toughest mining camp in the West.

Last spring we visited what was called the toughest mining camp in the West.  One report said in Frisco’s heyday there were 12 men killed a night.  That might be an exaggeration, but it is agreed there were killings most … Continue reading

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Cultural wars and environmental destruction: Pipe Spring National Monument

Benn Pikyavit, a Paiute, was our guide through Wisor Castle, home to Mormon polygamists, now owned by the U.S. Park Service.  All three represent cultural conflict. Alie and I love the desert Southwest, but we often wondered why pioneers chose … Continue reading

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