Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - May 2011

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5/29/2011  Las Vegas Strip, NV - Last couple weeks I was preparing for the up coming Canada and UK trips, which means shopping, shopping and more shopping. I try to find the perfect gifts from Las Vegas for my folks and friends. That the reason, I am shopping in the Las Vegas Strip over and over again. I rather go hiking in the wildness instead of shopping, oh boy...I am missing hiking.
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5/24/2011  Las Vegas, NV - This is the town I am living now. This town has everything that the vacationers and retirees need. When people are on the vacation, they release the positive energy and town absorb it that I can feel and like it. Only this town has 150,000 rooms available, no any other places on the Earth. Many shopping malls in this town, all major hotels have one addition to the stand alones.
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5/14/2011  Hidden Forest & Cabin, NV (RRIA) - One of the 75-year Desert National Wildlife Refuge celebration events, we have hiked to the Hidden Forest Cabin, which located in the ponderosa pine forest. The DNWR is the largest and one of the oldest refuges outside the Alaska. We saw a collared lizard & hamming bird in the water at the springs.  Click here for road to get to the TH from Santa Fe Station.
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5/14/2011  Cave Knoll, Zion, UT (OHCOSU) - To hike in the Zion NP, limit number of the group is 12. The fine is $500 per person for exceeded, for example if group is 15 then the fine will be $1,500 because 3 extra. Also not allowed to have a separate group on the same trail on the same day, otherwise group hike will suspend from the park.   Click here for road to get to the TH from BLM.
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5/12/2011  Lower Sand Cove Reservoir, UT (OHCOSU) - We enjoyed the rock formation and color, and weather too. There was a good size of the Tinaja (or Tank or Pool) with little of water at the bottom, see second row right two photos and 6th row third photo from left. We saw a man-made ditch to transfer the water from one side to another side.   Click here for road to get to the TH from BLM.
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5/10/2011  Taylor Creek Trail, Zion, UT - The Double Arch Alcove, Llarson and Fife Cabins are the main attractions of this trail beside the incretable both sides of the rock wall formation. Cross the stream 47 times to get from the TH to the Double Arch Alcove. Three photos of the last row were several photos merge to get it, in the bottom of the valley, there was not enough space to back up to take a photo.
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5/8/2011  Old Irontown, UT - This place is located west of the Cedar City. The charcoal kiln, chimney, rock wall foundation, spanas arrastra or gridding stone are the remaining items in this old Irontown to tell their history. Not too far from this Old Irontown, there was the Iron Mountain mine and it was active mine at one time, however currently it is no active mines although it is rich in iron ore.
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5/8/2011  Gunlock State Park, UT - The Gunlock SP waterfalls were visible from the highway 8. Massive overflow water from the Gunlock Reservoir was running, and this water will merge to the Virgin River then end up to fill up the Lake Mead. The Lake Mead is expecting to raise 20 fts this year that the significant improvement for the recent draught condition. Second row right 3 photos are the Baker Dam.
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5/7/2011  Kolob Arch, Zion, UT (OHCOSU) - It was total 14.4 miles and 2.5miles/hr speed all the way without any breaks expect lunch at near the arch, it was fast speed barely keep up with them especially I was taking photos. We cross the creek numerous times. The Kolob Arch is one of the longest spanning freestanding arches in the world, which I wanted to see it for while.
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5/3/2011  Bridge Mountain, Red Rock, NV (Henry the Mountain Man) - I have heard many times about this mountain, today Anya and Henry took me to all the way to the top. There is totally different world exist at the west side of the Bridge Mountain, incretable view with hidden forest, tinajas, and bridge. From far view to climb up to the below the bridge was straight up, first row center photo red line.       Slideshow
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