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Trip`s End!

January 23rd 2015 9:12 am
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One of the things about digital photography is that one takes a LOT of pix on a trip,unlike back in the expensive days of film! It took my dad a while to work through them all but he finally finished editing the last photos from our trip out West last fall. These final photos illustrate our travels through Colorado`s Great Sand Dunes,an underground Kansas salt mine and the Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve near Strong City,Kansas.


Colorado,Kansas,and end of 2014 trip

 

UTAH

January 20th 2015 9:55 am
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Following are some pix taken as Dad and I traveled thru Utah on our trip last fall. Utah is an amazing state of desert salt flats,a huge Salt Lake and stunning views from atop high rock mesas. One area,the Factory Butte ATV recreation area, looked very much like a moonscape. That place was truly other worldly! Utah`s state motto is "Life Elevated" and is very fitting!

Utah

 

Nevada

January 3rd 2015 8:31 am
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Leaving California,Dad and I traveled thru Nevada. We like to get off of the interstate and use the 2 lane roads as they traverse more interesting scenery. Accordingly we exited I-80 and proceeded down US 95. We camped in the desert overnite and explored an old ghost town the next morning. A bit further along US 95,we detoured off to the hardscrabble mining town of Silver Peak. Dad left me outside in the car while he explored an abandoned mine. Later that day as we drove along US 6 we came to the abandoned town(it consists of 1 building!)of Warm Springs. Dad was intrigued by the name and parked the car to do some exploring. The lone building here is an old bar. On the property a small pool has been dug out into which the warm spring drains. A hole in the fence allowed access and dad enjoyed a refreshing soak here. It felt great to him as he really needed a bath after much camping out! Then we proceeded on into Utah.

Nevada

 

California Coast

January 1st 2015 9:48 am
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Leaving Yosemite,we made our way west towards the California coast and San Francisco. It was a long drive and we arrived well after dark. This was actually a blessing in disguise as my Dad had never in all his travels to California seen the Golden Gate Bridge and city at night! The next day,we hiked some coastal trails in the Marin headlands across the Bay from San Francisco. Excellent views were had here of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The surf could be seen crashing against rocks below us. A number of concrete bunkers dot the area here which once contained large guns used for coastal defence. We explored some of them. There was even a tunnel thru the rocks which led to a lighthouse perched on a rocky bluff! That night,we drove SR 1,the Pacific Coast Highway, and saw a magnificent sunset near Jenner,CA. We camped along the coast that night as well. Eventually we headed back inland crossing the Sierra Nevada at Donner Lake and thus leaving California.

California Coast

 

Yosemite

December 24th 2014 9:05 am
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Dad hiked for 4 days by himself in California`s Yosemite National Park. My arthritis flared up really bad in Death Valley and I had to be boarded at the Bishop Vet Hospital to recuperate. He hiked trails up into the granite spires above Yosemite Valley as well as a trail which wound around Yosemite Valley floor,passing El Capitan. Climbers were visible climbing the sheer rock face of El Capitan. The fall foliage in Yosemite valley was beautiful as were reflections in the Merced River. Dad even climbed to the base of Half Dome. He picked me up from the Bishop Vet Hospital and we spent a final day hiking around Tenaya Lake and the Merced redwood grove in Yosemite. Then it was on to San Francisco and the Pacific coast.

Yosemite

 

Exploring Death Valley

December 20th 2014 8:49 am
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Our first major stop upon reaching California was in Death Valley National Park. This is an awesome place with salt flats,wierd mud formations,sand dunes,ghost towns,old mine shafts and tall mountains. A picture is worth a thousand words and the link to them is below!


Exploring Death Valley

 

Leaving Grand Canyon

December 11th 2014 3:23 pm
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After 2 days hiking the Rim trail in both directions,we left Flagstaff and Grand Canyon heading west to California. A favourite place of ours is Lake Havasu. This is a man made lake in the Arizona desert on the California border. London Bridge was shipped here in pieces and reassembled. You actually have to drive over it to reach the beach! Bullet holes from German planes can be seen in the bridge supports,a relic of the Blitz. Dad inflated the raft and tube on the beach and we spent a few hours out on the lake,dad swimming in the tube and towing me behind in the raft. Then we proceeded on into California. Darkness overtook us and we camped that night at a peaceful spot in the desert. The next morning,we traveled thru the desert headed for Death Valley,seeing some interesting sights along the way.

Leaving Grand Canyon

 

Grand Canyon hiking

December 9th 2014 9:26 am
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Dad has just posted some pix from his recent hike in the Grand Canyon this past fall. On this hike,my dad hiked from rim to rim and back. He witnessed kayakers and rafts running Colorado River rapids, saw a towering waterfall,and took a refresing dip in inner Canyon creeks. I had to be kenneled for the 8 days that he was hiking down in the Canyon but we took a 2 day rim hike after dad got back out of the Canyon. Some pix follow.


Grand Canyon hiking

 

Scenic route from NM to AZ

November 28th 2014 8:37 am
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Leaving White Sands,we journied along US 180 thru NM and on into AZ. This is a scenic back road and really is a nicer drive than the interstate. We passed by an artistic rest area in NM,a beautiful reservoir in AZ,and once in Flagstaff,dad explored a lava tube. I had unfortunately become dehydrated after hiking at White Sands,so Dad had to board me at Canyon Pet Hospital in Flagstaff while he explored the lava tube and for his later hiking in Grand Canyon.

Scenic route into AZ and a Lava Tube

 

Heading West---Louisiana,Texas and White Sands.

November 26th 2014 9:57 am
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Leaving Florida,we traveled west. We saw some unusual things along the way such as an ostrich farm in TX,rafted in a Louisiana swamp,and hiked in White Sands National Monument in NM. White Sands was really cool. If you ignored the heat,it was as though you were hiking in the snowy wastes of Antarctica! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Louisiana,Texas,and White Sands

 
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