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Saturday, April 24, 2010

East on I70…

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Saturday, the 23rd, we exited Zion NP to begin our trip home to Iowa. We were sad to leave our friends, but looking forward to seeing our kids, and especially their kids! We headed north on Interstate 15, then east on I70 to Salina where we’d RON (Remain Overnight).  As we progressed east the next day to Colorado NM at Grand Junction, we passed over the great Rafael Swell that extends north-south across southern Utah. Snow can still be seen on mountains to the west as we approached the high point of the swell.

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There are several outlooks along the interstate that you can view the surrounding terrain. It is quite other-worldly. Large portions of southern Utah were not truly mapped or investigated until the 1920s and 30s.

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A view into a large canyon…

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Great distant views as well…

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A person could easily get lost down there…

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Interesting formations near the top of swell.

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We arrived at Colorado National Monument by late afternoon and set up at the Saddlehorn Campground. We took a short hike to the nearby canyon’s edge for some views and exercise. This is a shot of Window Rock. You can see some reflected fencing on the left since the drop is quite far.

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Trying to guess how far down…

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This is Monument Canyon…

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Interesting rock towers...

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A view out of the canyon across Grand Junction.

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Two ravens on the cliff edge.

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A cliff edge, about 700 feet down to the floor edge.

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Another view of Monument Valley…

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More towers…

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Near the visitor center, an automated weather station, interrogated via satellite. That is an automatic rain gauge on the right, surrounded by a wind screen. Wind screens decrease the effects of gusty winds.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a beautiful place. Enjoyed the pictures.

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