Kay's Photo Journal - July 2018
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7/4/2018 4th of July, Blanding, UT - This is the 4th July parade of Blanding style. Airplanes flied lower on the main street. The parade started very quietly and lot of candies thrown from the parade vehicles, kids were busy to pick it up. When got noisy that water splashed from the water tank track, people got wet, then police cars escorted that the end of the parade. After the parade, people moved to the Centennial Park to enjoy foods and games.
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7/6/2018 Indian Creek Rock E #1, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the Part 1 of series Indian Creek rock art hunting. I have visited 7 rock art sites today, 5 sites are re-visited that include Shay Canyon, 2 sites are first time. It was productive day.
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7/6/2018 Shay Canyon, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is my 2nd time here. There are many petroglyphs panels, very enjoyable place to take photos. I am glad to see those petroglyphs without graffiti, very minimum of graffiti here.
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7/7/2018 Indian Creek, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I wanted to find the Wavy Hair petroglyphs for while, see 1st photo, which I got from the Internet. It was awful hike, there are many trees and bushes, bushwhacking is not my favorite hike. If I found it that payed off, but couldn’t find it, only I have is tiredness. Oh well...next time.
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7/7/2018 Foy Lake, near Monticello, UT - There is paved road all the way to the lake. The lake is smaller in size and Abajo mountain range in back. Good thing around this lake in summer is very nice cool temperature because of high altitude.
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7/7/2018 Monticello Lake, near Monticello, UT - This lake is not far from the Foy Lake, little southeast. It is smaller than the Foy lake, more like a pond rather than a lake, and located at the road side of N Creek road.
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7/9/2018 Indian Creek E #2, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the Part 2 of series Indian Creek rock art hunting. I have visited 3 sites, sll 3 sites involved hike up the steep short hill. One site with one panel that has one petroglyph, that was sad to see it. A strange petro that one object has 9 arms like sticking up.
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7/9/2018 Indian Creek Robot Panel (Kay Named), Indian Creek Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is my 2nd visit, 1st time was 6 years ago. There are mainly two different areas, about 100ft apart, east side has a few figures, and west side has many figures that include robot like figures. West side panel is partially visible from the highway.
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7/11/2018 Indian Creek E #3, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I found three new panels today, and there are some more. I have scramble up/down the hill couple times, I learned that to stay at the higher position and traverse that the best way. I had a time to hike in the Donnelly Creek for while, I didn’t find any RA there, but nice creek to hike.
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7/12/2018 Indian Creek E #4, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Three new panels discover today. First one was that hike up the rock climber route, where rock climbers are off during summer, petroglyphs were on the tall cliff wall. Second one was road side boulder, and third one was on the booulder at the boulder field near Dogout Ranch.
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7/14/2018 Hog Canyon, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is one of the side canyon in the Indian Creek. I’ve hiked this canyon to find out RA. It is only couple miles long for main part of the canyon, however trail was repeated disappear and re-appear, and getting bushwhacking, I made it to half way and turn back. It was nice canyon hike but can’t find RA.
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7/16/2018 Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park, UT - This area hike required the permit or join the ranger leading tour, without permit fine is up to $500 and 6 months in jail. This is hike in the fin area that just like hike in the maze, and easy to lost. I’ve sign up the tour three months ago, and joined the 2.5 miles ranger leading tour that involved many scrambling and go through very narrow cracked areas. We saw several arches include Twin Arch, Surprise Arch and more. Overall this is very enjoyable hike for the families.
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7/17/2018 Indian Creek E #5, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Found three panels today, first panel is several figures on the wall, second panel is located another wall with three figures, and third panel is on the west face of the boulder that has most figure on it.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek W #1, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Very productive day today for first time to search the west side of the Indian Creek that north of the Shay Canyon. This is the first area that I found two panels called 'Boot Panel' and 'Feet Panel' (Kay Named). These panels are not far each other that I didn’t see it, so that I have to hike/scramble up/down the steep hill twice to capture that RA photos.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek W #2, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the second area of first day to try searching west side of the creek. There are four panels, 'Robot Friend Panel', 'Trapped Man Panel', 'Shield Catman Panel' and 'Dot Circle Panel' (all Kay Named). I wanted to see the 'Robot Friend Panel' for while, so that happy to see it. Those are located high up, I tried to get closer but still some distance to take photos.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek W #3, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This area has four panels, such as 'Carry Baby Panel', 'Faded Sun Panel', 'Wavy Hair Panel' and 'Flute Player Panel' (all Kay Named). I wanted to see the 'Wavy Hair Panel' for while, when saw it, I was almost lost control myself. I wanted to take photo 'Wavy Hair Panel' with me, but its located way high up and no way to get closer that was sad.
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7/19/2018 Indian Creek W #4, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I found three panels in three areas, but two areas are too high up and not many figures, even I didn’t want to try to get there. I have hiked/scramble up to the one area that have a nice panel and ruin, which ruin is very rare in the Indian Creek, I don’t see any ruins in this area.
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7/20/2018 Pioneer Day 1, Monticello, UT - The Pionia Day is the three days celebration. Today is the second day and events are lined up and I’ve joined couple events such as 'Vendors in the Park' and 'Concert in the Park'. I didn’t know was everyone should to bring own chair to set, otherwise set on the grass or standing.
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7/21/2018 Pioneer Day 2, Monticello, UT - Today’s event started at 6:30am and continue all day long. Parade is relatively short distance, only 6 blocks or so, but good size of crowd both side of the street. Every parade of car throw candies and kids are busy for picking up. There is a big tractor called 'Big 4' has a trouble and didn’t make to the parade, I saw it in the garage.
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7/23/2018 Snake in the Mouth, Seven Mile Canyon, UT - This site is facing highway #313, and in the Seven Mile Canyon, which I have hiked on 3/6/18, and missed this place. Steep wall to scramble up to get there. It is red color pictographs on the red color rock wall surface, not easy to recognized from the distance.
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7/23/2018 Price, UT - Usually I pass through this town, today stopped by the Eastern Utah Tourism and History Association, which USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum lady couldn’t answer to my question and send me to there. The name indicates Utah State tourism center, but they are privately owned it. They were very helpful and knowledgeable about the rock art.
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7/24/2018 Dry Wash Petroglyphs, UT - This is my second try here to find the RA, at last time I called 5/24/2018 Land of Thousand Boulders, San Rafael Swell, UT, I couldn’t find any RA. Today I was lucky enough to find some petroglyphs. There are many short canyons and feel like there are some more panels, but that for some other time.
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7/24/2018 Helper Panel, UT - This site information from the Eastern Utah Tourism & History Association. This area is for the rock climber to enjoy not too tall wall to climb straight up. I found only one petroglyphs panel and one faded pictograph. There are many graffiti.
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7/26/2018 Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, WY - I never know that community college teaches how to drive the semi-truck. Anyway I was here to see the Eastern Island Statues concrete replica, it is large in size. Also college have museum quality of the fosil and dinosaur display. Last Buddha photo was from the Chinese Restaurant.
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7/26/2018 Cedar Canyon Petroglyphs, North of Rock Springs, WY - The road was dirt road but wide and well maintained road, when turn to the petroglyphs site, the road changed to two tracks road that narrow and unmaintained road, more likely ATV road. Petroglyphs are all incised on the sandstone. There are few panels here.
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7/26/2018 Killpecker Sand Dunes, WY - There are two areas, one is the Sand Dune Wildness Study Area, which not much to see even no parking lot, other one is the Sand Dune OHV Area, which is anyone can play with ATVs and better sand dune view, and large parking and camping area.
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7/27/2018 Louis Lake, Shoshone National Forest, WY - It is not far from the state highway #300, nice lake. Mountains around here are all piled up rocks, it is unique but not easy to hike up. Temperature is comfortable zone and lake water is little cold side.
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7/27/2018 Christina Lake, Shoshone National Forest, WY - When I saw TH, I have no knowledge of the Christina lake, but that doesn’t stop me to hike there, I have hiked 10 miles hike. It was really refreshing hike rather than driving car all day long. I saw leftover snow patches up the mountain. It is beautiful lake, but it was windy and cold. However hiking was comfortable hike, no heat.
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7/28/2018 Sinks Canyon State Park, WY - Its beautiful rock formation all over, many cliffs are appealing to rock climbers, it is popular place for rock climbing. The road is paved from the town of Lander, easy access to it.
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7/28/2018 Sinks Canyon Rock Art, WY - This place is just outside of the Sinks Canyon State Park. There is road side tiny parking lot, fit only one or two cars. There is not many but some petroglyphs and pictographs. It is not maintained trail to hike up to see it.
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7/28/2018 Rocks in Sinks Canyon, Sinks Canyon State Park, WY - Rocks found in this park that displayed front of the Sins Canyon State Park Visitor Center. Those rocks are about 1.8 Million to 4.5 Billion years old. Some rocks are recognized from some other places. I thought this section is for education.
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7/29/2018 Tensleep Canyon, WY - Nearest town called Ten Sleep (a space), but this canyon is Tensleep Canyon (no space). It is beautiful canyon, highway #16 pass through. Cliffs are so tall, not easy to see it during driving on winding road. However view areas are provided many places. Tensleep means '10 days travel or 10 sleeps'.
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7/29/2018 Paintrock Canyon, WY - Road Atlas indicated the Unique Natural Feature Site, and name appealing, so I have hiked 6 miles. The problem is go through the private property, first 1.5 miles are just to get to the mouth of canyon. Open and closed ranch gate twice to get to the canyon. On the canyon trail there are cows and horses dripping everywhere, paintrock but color is limited, I was disappointed but it was good exercise.
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7/29/2018 Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, WY - Funny thing was, I’ve been here and drove the Red Gulch/Alkali National Back Country Byway before, but I didn’t notice and I thought my first visit those. When got to the Dinosaur Tracksite, finally I remember I’ve been here before. I think combination of I’ve been to many places and getting old, hard to keep track first time visiting there or not.
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7/30/2018 Oregon Basin Petroglyphs, WY - I’ve hiked almost 9 miles, but it is drivable with ATV to the site. From far view, there is no visible rocks, I wonder how to find rock art without rocks. When getting closer, there are many rocks/boulders/cliff walls. There is a simple a rope fence, so that easy to recognized the site, and few panels are in it.
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7/31/2018 Smith Mansion, WY - It is visible from the highway #14 located atop of the hill. It is fenced out to not get closer. It is 5th stories but seems to 6 or 7 stories house. Owner who was engineer, he built all by himself until tragedy happened and die. Since that it is ghost mansion.
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7/31/2018 Buffalo Bill Dam & Reservoir, WY - It is remarkable way to created this dam and reservoir is large in size. Located by the highway #14 road side, and visitor center is located near the dam. There are 3 tunnels to get here from the town of Cody.
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7/31/2018 Old Trail Town, Cody, WY - There are 27 buildings here, most of are original buildings that brought all over around here to made a museum. It started one man’s project, see last photo. Some of buildings are completed and we can walk in, some of are still try to complete inside and couldn’t go in. Overall it is nice place to walk around to feel the history of each buildings.
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