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7/27/2014  Lizzies Creek Watrfalls, NV - This creek is originate of the Lizzies Basin. It is cascade waterfalls that from the melted snow. It is beautiful waterfalls and behind is the Hole-in-the-Mountain range, which is beautiful mountain range. I was lucky to have a time to explore and enjoy the cascade waterfalls.
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7/17/2014  Hole in the Mountain Peak, NV (4 miles) - Glorious morning to start the day, view everywhere around here is gorgeous/beautiful. Still snow some spots. The hole in the mountain is large in size and no way to go through. Eric's completion of the 4K Prominence peaks in Nevada, we celebrate with champagne. Road was awful to get to the TH.
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7/26/2014 Monarch Mine Ghost Town, NV - This place is one of several mine ghost towns in the Spruce Mountain area and on the way to/from the Spruce Mountain. We have stopped by for while to enjoy this ghost town. Most houses are not safe to get in except one house that fandation is stable and we walk in to take photos.
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7/26/2014 Spruce Mountain, NV (3.2 miles) - The service road goes to the summit. We got out car before road is getting rough and hike up on the service road. It was easy and short hike. There is a large solar cell panel on the summit. We saw many butterflies before the summit and many ladybugs on the summit.
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7/19/2014  White Mountains Wildness High Point (14,080 ft), CA - This was bonus peak for me. Dan told me that he was here for the White Mountains Wildness High Point not for the White Mountain Peak. Kevin, Dennis, Dan and I went down, where the HP is lower than the White Mountain Peak about 100 ft or so.
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7/19/2014  White Mountain Peak (14,246 ft), CA (15 miles) - It was my first California 14ers and #40 of LVMC 50 Peaks. The trail was on the service road that all the way to the summit. There are many white mountains around here, this mountain is not white but called White Mountain.
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7/13/2014  Petrified Forest National Park - Blue Mesa, AZ (1 mile) - Blue Mesa has a paved one mile hiking loop. I hiked between and beside of the very colorfull mesa cliffs, and some times petrified logs side. It was very nice short hike to enjoy the Blue Mesa area.
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7/13/2014  Petrified Forest National Park - Petroglyphs, AZ - Two places to look at for the petroglyphs in this park that the Puerco Pueblo and Newspaper Rock. I managed to take some close photos from the Puerco Pueblo but not the Newspaper Rock.
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7/12/2014  Bisti Badland, NM (6.6 miles) - I saw hoodoos after hoodoos, cracked eggs, petrified log, and more hoodoos. Suddenly rain/hail storm came very quickly, and I was witnessing small dry creek became active creek and became a river, see 9th row two creek photos. After the storm was gone, muddy everywhere.
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7/11/2014  Culebra Peak (14,047 ft), CO (5 miles) - Pay $150 to climb this mountain because privately own it. Many people camp near the gate and at 6am ranch care takers took us to a small office to gave us an instruction. Then race began, drove 4x4 road to get a parking lot and hike up own way. I thought more easier than actual hike.
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7/9/2014  Splashland Hot Springs, CO - They have only one large swimming pool, no soaking pools/tubs. Temperature of the water was cooler side for soaking but good for swimming. This place opens only seasonal, close in winter. I saw many local families enjoy swimming.
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7/9/2014  Fort Garland Museum, CO - They kept some original buildings. Also they have a plan to expand the fort size to original size in future. Kit Carson was here for 18 months, he can speak several Native Indian languages and communicate with them very well.
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7/8/2014  Humboldt Peak (14,064 ft), CO (16.6 miles) - I started very bottom of the TH because one spot of the dirt road was 4x4 access, I didn't want to tow again. It was long hike and storm came about 4pm, someone gave me a ride for last couple miles that save me from soaking wet. View from the summit was breath taking.
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7/7/2014  Valley View Hot Springs, CO - There are one large swimming pool and many small sorking ponds. Some ponds are hike up to get there. Clothing is optional, a means most people are naked, but they are shy for camera, so I didn't take thier naked photos. This facility has own fire engine.
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7/5/2014  Kit Carson Peak (14,165 ft), CO (5 miles round trip include Challenger Point from Willow Lake) - Last row second and third photos from the left that the Kit Carson Avenue, can see the line of snow on the avenue that place was scare me to wear the helmet. View was gorgeous from the summit. We have a group photo not far from the summit.
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7/5/2014  Challenger Point (14,081 ft), CO (5 miles round trip include Kit Carson Peak from Willow Lake) - We have faced melted snow that running on the trail and hike on the snow few places. My last time hike up to the Colorado 14ers was more than 10 years ago, I was not sure I can do again or not, but I am glad I did it.
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7/4/2014  Willow Lake, CO (5.7 miles) - We were backpacking to the Willow Lake and spend couple days there to bagg the Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak. It is beautiful trail, healthy green forest, creeks to pass and nice waterfalls. We camped out over 300 ft away from the lake that the sign said. The lake was calm and beatiful.
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7/3/2014  Joyful Journey SPA, CO - I deserved soak in the hot springs becasue yesterday's nearly 17 miles of long hike. This place has three temperature different pools, 100 °F, 104 °F and 108 °F. San Juan Mountain range is the view from this hot springs.
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7/2/2014  Wheeler, CO (16.8 miles) - There are two THs, one for hikers and one for 4x4ers. The distance between two THs is 7.1 miles one way, if explore inside the Wheeler that's additional mileage. This place has unique geological feature and designated a National Monument from 1908 until 1950 and was Colorado's first National Monument.
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7/1/2014  Hovenweep National Monument, UT (2 miles) - Many ruins that standing scary edge of the canyon rims and once home to over 2,500 people. Each ruin has unique own name like the Hovenweep Castle, Square Tower, Twin Tower and much more. There is about 2 miles loop hiking trail available to see all ruins.
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7/1/2014  Bluff Fort and near by, UT - Mormon pioneers moved from Salt Lake City to Bluff via the Hole-in-the-Rock to established new communities in southeastern area of Utah. The Hole-in-the-Rock is steep and narrow crevice in the rock and not the passageway at all, but they made it without loosing any people and they establised the town.
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7/1/2014  Sand Island Panel, UT - This is my second visit here. There is wire fence to protect panels, we can't get closer look that a sad part. There is few original Kokopellis in the panel, who plays flute. Also I can see the Mexican Hat guy is riding on the horse.
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7/1/2014 Wolfman Panel, UT (0.7 miles) - This is a short hike to get to the panel, and panel has only few petroglyphs on it. I don't want to spend a big money for tow again, I have changed my schedule to not go all places, which originally planned, by the Butler Wash area. Let's get out this area.
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