May 9, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park is one of few places where one can travel back in time. It is an area where imagination can predominate the views.
Approaching the park, the first glimpse is of Point Lookout, the sandstone-capped shale promontory looming over the valley.
Natural fire has always been a part of the Mesa Verde story. 75% of the park area has been burned since it was formed in 1906. Snags are a part of the landscape everywhere you look. This is a view into Montezuma Valley.
We spotted a few wild horses wandering the park. We also watched a small herd of mule deer, a coyote and red-tailed hawk.
One of the many cliff dwelling is called Square Tower House. It is a good example of how the native people took advantage of the natural topography to site their villages.
The view of Cliff Canyon is where the highest number of cliff dwelling can be found in the park.
In the area is the BLM managed Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. This is a view of Lowry Pueblo which is a 1,000 year old Ancestral Puebloan village.
April 18, 2013
Moab offers an amazing array of jeep trails with all different difficulty levels. On a very cold (warmed to 45 by noon) and windy morning, we drove the scenic Gemini Bridges trail and ended with the ride through Pucker Pass into Long Canyon.
A view of the Gemini Bridges from above the landmark. Notice the 2 hikers that gives this landscape some scale.
This is a view into Long Canyon as it runs toward the Colorado River in the distance.
After driving through Pucker Pass, we have to drive under a huge boulder that has been sliding down the canyon walls for many years.
April 13, 2013
We followed the Potash Road to the Schafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park today. This is a wonderful jeep ride with amazing jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.
a desert scene near the potash evaporation ponds illustrates the beautiful light and colors of this area of Utah.
A view from Thelma and Louise Point, as the Colorado River continues to carve the canyons below. Yes, this is where the final scene from the movie was filmed. You can see Pyramid Peak and the snow-covered LaSal Mountains in the background.
the potash road as it passes below Dead Horse Point.
I was getting set up to click a pic of this beautiful spring flowering bush in Canyonlands when a Razor 4 wheeler sped past me at high speed. Glad I was not in the road or it could have been very messy.
March 19, 2013
A beautiful day for a back country ride along the Outlaw Trail in Sedona. An old corral in the shadow of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness frames the red rock landscape.
A short hike to the Honanki Indian Ruins revealed a glimpse of what like might have been like. The Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, lived here from about AD1100 to 1300 preparing meals, raising their families, and making tools from stone, leather, and wood. Nearby they hunted for deer and rabbit, tended various crops, and gathered edible wild plants.
A stop for a look at the fabulous Sedona landscape near Boynton Canyon.
Gold Canyon, Arizona
March 10, 2013
The Arizona Renaissance Festival was a fun and entertaining step back in time.
a flower selling working the crowd
Serendipity from the Tynker Circus
the Scottish drummers
February 24, 2013
Our jeep friends traveled along the Woodpecker Trail to Telegraph Canyon today. The weather was cold and windy but the scenery was fabulous desert landscapes. We got caught in a snow flurry on the south side of Picketpost Mountain. This ride was rated difficult and the obstacles just kept coming…
Bryan tries for extra credit.
Ron and Robyn also got extra credit on this obstacle.
Brad just showing off
the parts sculpture at the beginning of the Highway to Hell
the approaching snow near Picketpost Mountain