Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - April 2011

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4/29/2011  Highway 143 From Panguitch to Parowan, UT - The Panguitch (meaning is Big Fish) Lake is still covered with ice. Both sides of highway are ton's of snow on the ground. The ski area has been closed for the season even abundance of snow. Not only ice and snow got my attention, there are many unique rock formations to enjoy the scenic on this highway.
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4/29/2011  Zebra & Tunnel Slots, Grand Staircase-Escalante, UT (OHCOSU) - Too much water in the slots, so that we climb up the slick rock and look down the Zebra Slot from the top, there were many water pools. At the Tunnel Slot, water was cold and again too much, which means we have to come back when diminished water. There was no sigh at the Trailhead. Click here for how to get to the trailhead.
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4/28/2011  Broken Bow Arch & Willow Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante, UT (OHCOSU) - It has many things that us to enjoy, which includes a narrow gulch, tall rock walls, hanging garden, beautiful rock formations, awesome arch, deep pools, river walk, waterfalls and dry sand trail. Click here for how to get to the Willow Gulch Trailhead from the Escalante Petrified Forest SP Campground.
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4/27/2011  Escalante Petrified Forest SP, UT - The Petrified Forest is located at the our campground, and I have hiked two miles of the Petrified Forest trail after the Round Valley Draw hike. The color and size of the petrified woods were more than I expected, some of were gorgeous especially late afternoon sun lay hits nicely. I wish I can have a large petrified wood or two in my yard.
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4/27/2011  Round Valley Draw & Short Section of Hackberry Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, UT (OHCOSU) - We loped down to the bottom of the canyon at the entrance of the Round valley Draw. It is an awesome slot canyn and not far from the Kodachrome Basin SP.   Click here for how to get to the Trailhead from the Kodachrome Basin SP Visitor Center.
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4/26/2011  Red Canyon / Kodachrome Basin SP, UT - I drove highway 20 to get to the Kodachrome Basin SP because the sleet with strong wind at the Cedar City and very dark cloud at the top of the mountain that the alternative highway 14. I have stopped by few places to take the Red Canyon photos. I drove up to the Grosvenor Arch in the Kodachrome Basin SP. It was cold night (28ºF) to camp out.
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4/25/2011  Botany Tour, UT-AZ (ICL, The Institute for Continued Learning) - Lee Hughes is the expert for the botany field around here, he is working with BML for over 30 years and his knowledge of botany is an extreme, it was fun to tour with knowledge person, he answered everything about all flowers and plants, a means everything. I said wow… I saw a Horned Toad in first time, third row center.
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4/24/2011  Anasazi Valley & Tukupetsi Trails, UT - This is my 2nd time to visit the Anasazi Valley Trail, upper side of the hill, the weather was nice and I spend as much as time to find out many petroglyphs ( the sign indicates the "Rock Writing" ), which I couldn't do it at last time by rain. At the Tukupetsi Trail, near the river, the trail sign indicats the "Ghost", I assume that many rock formations are look like Ghosts.
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4/23/2011  Red Reef Backward, UT (OHCOSU) - Picture perfect everywhere, a means it was beautiful and amazing red rock formation everywhere. Also this hike was variety of techniques required not only the hike, like the Loping, Chimnying (the body agaists the one side of the wall and use legs on other side to maneuver the chute) and Bridging (moving human bridge to pass the gulch.)
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4/22/2011  St. George Art Festival,UT - It is high quality of art festival just like the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, CO. However Cherry Creek Art Festival is couple streets long where St. George Art Festival is in the small park. I am sure that St. George Art Festival will grow like the Denver one. I saw many photographers booths in this festival, I wish some day I can have a booth like them.
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4/21/2011* Yellow Man, UT (OHCOSU) - The Yellow Man is about two feet high, located higher side of the cliff near the end of the road. Many petroglyphs at one location, which we hiked up from the Yellow Man site, there are one head man, two heads man, three heads man and four heads man petroglyphs, I never see like these before, it was weird. Click here for road to get to the Trailhead from the Hurricane.
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4/19/2011  Juniper Peak, Red Rock, NV (Henry the Mountain Man) - It was nice weather and enjoyable hike. From the summit of the Juniper Peak, I feel like I can reach the Rainbow Wall, it located just front of us. The view from the summit was stunning. We saw the rock climbers were climbing up the Rainbow Wall. I saw funky cars; it seems to for kids but not that for adults to enjoy like kids.      Slideshow
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4/17/2011  Callville Wash South Loop, Lake Mead, NV - It was too hot to hike in the Lake Mead today. Many Dodder(Cuscuta) or orange devil's hair, which is the parasitic plant and transfer by airborne, third row two left photos, that killed plants, bushes or trees - sad to see it. I enjoyed many flowers, pass through the narrow canyon and color of rocks. Callville Bay and Fortification Hill view were worth to try.
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4/16/2011  Flea Market in LV (Broadacres Market Place & Event Center), NV - I was visited the Flea Market to test my new Canon T2i camera today. As you can see, the color is more vibrant than the old camera, Canon Txi. This camera is better for not only color, it is a great for closer shot, which I was not happy with Txi. So watch out everyone, I have a new 18-Megapixel camera and I won't miss any shoots.
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4/14/2011  White Rock Hill Peak, Red Rock, NV - I was impressed today's hike, which was scrambling and bushwalking, because ABF doesn't do this kind little more advanced hiking at all, today's hike was more wild side compare to ordinately ABF hike. Everyone got blue ribbons today, which were scratched and bruised their arms and legs, but seems to everyone enjoyed, no complains.
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4/11/2011  Callville Ridge, Lake Mead, NV (ABF) - It was just in time to see the all kind flowers, there were so many flowers after flowers, I enjoyed all those flowers especially the Beavertail Cactus pink flowers and yellow Bearpaw Poppies. We saw 100s of white birds flying the same spot at top of the Callville Wash. At the Airplane Crush site, there are still remining parts. We saw three ponds along the way.
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4/8/2011  Bloomington Petroglyph Park, St Geroge, UT - It is not far from the highway I-15 and located middle of the residential area. It is a tiny site, only two boulders have many petroglyphs on it. Seems to those two boulders were fell off from behind the hill. I think we can find some more petroglyphs on the hill but residential houses blocked anyone to go there and hike around and on the hill.
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4/6/2011  Observation Point, Zion, UT (OHCOSU) - The weather was down side but we made it through. The trail was paved most of time, even not paved it was maintained very well or may be visiting too many hikers. Water level of the waterfalls and river were very high. We added couple miles to hike to the Riverside trail to enjoy the waterfalls view that we saw from the above.
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4/4/2011  Forgotten Valley & Mine, AZ - Trailhead starts at the small parking lot of the busy I-15 east of the roadside, MM23.5, and cross over the wire fence. I found a place that use to a shed was standing and then found an old mine. The three mine caves are not so deep but I can tell that miners were working there for least couple years or more. My question is no water source around it, how to live there?
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4/2/2011  Echo Falls & Hidden Alcove, AZ (OHCOSU) - Trailhead starts at the small parking lot of the busy I-15 roadside, then cross under the wire fence. We hiked along the Virgin River and saw some petroglyphs panels and good size arch. The hidden alcove is little under statement, I can call it the Cave. It has large entrance and not so deep but deep enough to take outside photos from inside.
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