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May 13, 2019 - Bluff Fort

Bluff Fort is a recreation village funded by a Co=Op of the present day families of the original Mormons that called this area home. Each cabin has the name of a family, personal articles from that family, and in some cases photos and written stories about them. It was not a military fort. It was an enclave for protection for these early settlers. It is interesting to read and see the photos of the men, being Mormon, with several wives and lots of children. Many of the women died during childbirth. This area was the ending point for the...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Off to Mesa Verde

On to Mesa Verde, this is a stop that Emily and I loved when we were here 6 yrs ago. There are 600 cliff dwellings here that were built starting in 500AD. What is totally mind boggling, these individuals built cliff dwellings out of sandstone shaped into a rectangular blocks about the size of a loaf of bread. The mortar between the blocks was a mix of dirt and water. And they are still standing....amazing. The park’s largest and best preserved of the cliff dwellings. It was built around 1211AD to 1278, it is built into a alcove. Has 130...

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Apr 23, 2019 - Utah....Gooseneck and Valley of the Gods

Still in Utah, not liking it as must as Arizona. Arizona......I loved the sunny days....very few clouds....no rain....warm Utah..just bah bah bah too much red dust blowing all the time. Oh well ...enough of my whining. While in Utah, saw the best park so far, Goosenecks State Park. It is located 1,000 ft above the San Juan River, it reveals 300 million years of activity. It is just beautiful the way the river flows like a S. Next stopped, Valley of the Gods....boy this was one more road trip. The road was a 17 mile loop, first the road...

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Apr 22, 2019 - National Bridges

Went to National Bridges, these are amazing. Streams caused erosion that made the bridges. There is one that is very thin, was told the bridge may crack today or stand for centuries. Well I decided not to walk under it. Next stop was the Arches, it was created 100 million years ago. It is one of the greatest densities of nature arches. The park lies on top of an underground salt bed. There are over 2,000 of these arches in different sizes in the park...sizes range from 306 feet to 3 feet. Needless to say we did not visit all the arches....

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Apr 21, 2019 - On our way to Bluff Utah

A fun thing....as we were getting ready to leave he RV park, a guy with 2 big dogs came walking past us....the fun thing is...both dogs had on shoes and is wasn’t even raining. One dog lost his shoe, the owner stopped and put it back on. Arrived in Bluff, Utah...oh my...this is the smallest town I have ever seen. Every where you looked was red dust. Next to our campsite was a phone booth with an air conditioner in it.....I am not lying ..look at the picture. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Apr 12, 2018 - Canyon De Chelly

We are in service once again. We take so much for granted until we don't have it. On the eastern side we enjoy not just lakes and rivers and waterfalls, and lots of green and in the spring when the winds blow, we may have a cloud of pollen but not the dry desert sands. Today we have driven through the worst sand storm we have ever been in. I know it will be hard to see in the pictures but it was like a whiteout of a blizzard, only it was brown sand and at times there was zero visibility. We left Holbrook Az yesterday and arrived in Chinle,...

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Sep 18, 2016 - 3rd Slickhorn canyon

We took another trail into spring or and saw more granaries but did not reach the log Kiva's that we hoped to see. Lots of bouldering down into the canyon which Bill did but then he returned to where I stopped since he had the sandwich bag. He could have made it and probably should have tried but we did hike 3 miles.

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Sep 17, 2016 - Moki Dugway

If you've never driven up Moki Dugway, put it on your list. It's a bunch of switchbacks on a dirt road going right up the side of the canyon wall. It's a 10 percent grade about 4 miles long that leads to Cedar Mesa. You can see Monument valley and valley of the gods, so it's a great drive. Once up it, we took a left on dirt road 241 and drove out to 3rd spring horn canyon to camp.we hiked about 2.5 miles total down the canyon and saw some granaries. Later we drove the atv out to lookout point 3 miles away and we could see john's canyon road...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Canyon hike

Today we hiked east from our campsite and found the boulders we discovered a couple of years ago covered with petroglyphs. One huge boulder is the most amazing one we've seen- half of the glyphs are vertical and half are horizontal. We can't figure out if it fell from the cliffs and then other ancients continued adding to it later. There were several other great panels in the area.

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Sep 15, 2016 - John's canyon

We found a great campsite off of 316 towards the goosenecks and took the atv 13 miles up John's Canyon. Several great petroglyphs-and views down toward the San Juan river. We had hoped to go all the way to the SJ river but the trail got a little too gnarly so we turned around. My mother would have been proud of us! You can see monument valley and back to sleeping Indian from our site . No one within probably 50 miles that we can see.

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Sep 14, 2016 - Utah

After 6 weeks, we finally left Colorado and made it into Utah. The weather has cooled down to the low 80s in the Bluff area. We camped at Sand Island cg outside of Bluff so we could unload the bikes and take the trailer on over about 5 miles to a turnoff we knew about. At that turnoff, we unloaded the atv and took it 7 miles down to the San Juan river over some interesting mud slicks, sand, and big hills. We made it to River House ruins right on the SJ and then drove another .5 miles to the Butler wash petroglyphs- a great panel of ancient...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Cottonwood, Bluff, UT

Today we are headed to Four Corners. While at Four corners we picked up some Indian jewelry and headed back to Bluff. Upon return to Bluff we toured Bluff Fort. It was an interesting step back in time to the Mormon movement to Bluff area. After the tour it started to rain, so we stayed in the coach the rest of the afternoon. Heading to Mesa Verde, CO in the morning.

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