Kay's Photo Journal - October 2018
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10/3/2018 Catstail Canyon RA, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT - It was short hike to the panel from the TH that near the highway #89. There are many petroglyphs and pictographs, but all aged and fading out, can’t appear nicely on the photos. But I captured some of.
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10/4/2018 South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs, Moquith Mountain Wildness Study Area, UT - The road is deep sand all the way that freak me out to drive, after 1.6 miles quit drive and started to hike. TH to alcove is rocky and steep, and fence around at danger zone. The alcove with full of pictographs, is covered with trees and bushes, not visible from outside.
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10/5/2018 Moqui Cave Store, near Kanab, UT - Originally it was dancehall and bar that converted to a museum and store now. The bar area is now a museum and collection of variety of old items, and dancehall area is display of fluorescent minerals, which emitted different colors in the dark creepy cave.
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10/5/2018 Moqui Cave, near Moqui Cave Store, UT - It is a fun place to be, there are several cave openings, and can watch highway 89 traffic from the inside the cave. However need some scramble require to hike up the hill to get it. The cave is not long, couple hundreds feet is the most.
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10/5/2018 Mansard Alcove, near Kanab, UT - There are few alcoves but this one is the closest, and two ways to get there, one is the ATV road that different than well maintained hiking trail. The panel is on the floor, there are many petroglyphs. One thing that seems to be the water run-a-way, but no water get into the alcove, so that it’s slides for a fun - really?
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10/6/2018 Lone Rock, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, UT - It is a road side attraction of highway #89. Water color is beautiful creamy emerald color, just like Gracia water color in Canada. Currently water level is low, so that half way of the Lone Rock has water level mark to tell when water level was peak. There are many campers, where campgrounds appeared by low water level.
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10/6/2018 Wahweap Overlook, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ - The overlook is located at the Arizona side of Utah-Arizona border. Beautiful wide view of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Wahweap Marina is below and can see the many line up the boats.
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10/10/2018 Recapture Creek Lower Petro, UT - This is a highway 262, Hovenweep, road side panel. The panel is faced west, so that drive to east, can see it from the road that the way I found during driving. There are many petroglyphs that I can see, but most of are faded out and not showing on the photos.
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10/10/2018 Dry Hole Ruin (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - This ruin is not far from the Hatch Trading Post and located high up the wall in the alcove, I don’t know how to get it. There is a road, upper side of the cliff called Dry Hole Road that the ruin name got it.
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10/10/2018 Nancy Patterson Village, Montezuma Canyon, UT - Nancy Patterson is the name of the race horse that escaped from nearby ranch and captured in the canyon, and became the name of the canyon. This village was excavated and concluded 300 rooms village, then back filled. It is not make sense to me why spent time, money and energy to excavated and don’t want to show the result to the public, instead of back filled? This place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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10/10/2018 Nancy Patterson RA, Montezuma Canyon, UT - The panel is located lower side of the Nancy Patterson Village, where village site is upper side of the cliff. I was looking for the Spirit Bird Cave and found the petroglyphs panel, but not cave. It was mixed motion with happy and sad at the same time.
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10/11/2018 Abajo Mountain Range, UT - Rain every day, not all day, since oct 7th to today. Last few days, dumped snow on the Abajo Mountain range over 10,000ft. Winter came 2 1/2 months early this year compare to last year. Snow covered mountains are beautiful.
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10/12/2018 Cairn Ruin (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - There is tall cairn atop of the hill that visible from the Montezuma Canyon Road, I was wondering and I saw old trail goes up, so that hiked up to find out. There are some rooms of ruin remind by stack up rocks. Wide open view from this site.
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10/12/2018 Flat Rock Ruin (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - This ruin is unique, using flat rock surface, not ordinarily stack up small rocks, just like ruin condominium. Windows or entrance openings are visible from the Montezuma Canyon Road that other side of the creek.
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10/12/2018 Middle Ruin (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - It is not located high up nor ground level, middle of the cliff that the name got it. Not easy to see it by blocked with many cottonwood trees, and camouflage by surrounding rocks. It’s other side of the creek but visible from the Montezuma Creek Road.
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10/12/2018 Face North Ruin (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - Not many north faced ruin around here, this is rare one. Currently there is no cows and no running water inside the fence, maybe we can walk around, but I took photos from the Montezuma Canyon Road.
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10/12/2018 Sheep Panel, Montezuma Canyon, UT - This panel is located higher side of the cliff, I didn’t climb up, took photos from the Montezuma Creek Road. Few sheeps like figures and some more that I couldn’t recognized on the panel.
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10/14/2018 Todie Canyon, Cedar Mesa, UT - I thought "To Die" that strange name of the canyon. I’ve hiked the canyon rim from the TH to near the Grand Gulch confluence. I saw couple ruins other side of the canyon, one is pretty high up and one is little more lower. View near the Grand Gulch confluence area is beautiful.
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10/15/2018 Sheiks Canyon, Cedar Mesa, UT - I have hiked from the TH to middle of cascade dry waterfalls. I couldn’t see the how deep/steep dry waterfalls are, so turn back and saw overview of the falls from the rim, and more comfortable to go down the dry falls but that’s for next time.
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10/15/2018 Yellow House Ruin, Sheiks Canyon, Cedar Mesa, UT - Used yellow color mud to built the ruin that name got it. The ruin location is not too high nor too low, under the large alcove area. However view from the ruin is not so good, can see mainly trees and bushes.
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10/15/2018 Duplex Ruin (Kay Named), Sheiks Canyon, Cedar Mesa, UT - There are two entrances to one ruin, just like a duplex that the name got it. Also not far from the duplex ruin, there is a ruin that no mud at the bottom of the ruin. The view from the duplex ruin is awesome.
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10/15/2018 Thick Wall Ruin (Kay Named), Sheiks Canyon, Cedar Mesa, UT - The wall of this ruin is pretty think, least one foot. Only one room ruin, located higher side of the cliff, and view from this ruin is wide view of the canyon.
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10/16/2018 Highway #95 Roadside, Cedar Mesa, UT - This area is between MM 99 and MM 100, there was a parking lot but not anymore. Attract people by two tone colors of rocks, white and red, also rock configuration is interesting, like chaotic wave like. I spent time to look around here and found some hand pictographs.
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10/16/2018 Montezuma Sky Loop (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - Hike higher side of the dirt road, some times hike up/down but most of time flat. Saw many canyons both west and east sides. View changes from west side to east side, very interested. I was hoping to find some rock art and ruins, but no luck today.
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10/17/2018 Snow on the Ground, Monticello, UT - Yesterday I was at the Bullet Canyon, Cedar Mesa, saw large dark cloud getting closer, so hike was suspended, because I am a sunshine hiker. Ranger’s office at Kane Gulch is expected 70% snow yesterday and today, that moved to here Monticello, 1st snow on the ground for this winter/fall.
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10/20/2018 Gypsum Valley Panel, Big Gypsum Valley, CO - I have to pass through the Disappointment Valley, this name got because there is no gold, no water, nothing that disappointed to pioneers. This panel is located the Gypsum Valley Road road side and just below the Psycho Tower.
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10/20/2018 Psycho Tower, Big Gypsum Valley, CO - It is located above the Gypsum Valley Panel. Very distinguish tower, not easy to miss it. I am not a rock climber, but this tower is fascinating place to climb up among rock climbers.
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10/20/2018 Gypsum Valley Boat Launch, Big Gypsum Valley, CO - Funny thing is, there is no such thing a boat launch. I guess, the Dolores River water level is too low and boat launch is occupied by weeds and bushes. The river water color is very dark dirt color. La Sal Mountain range is beautiful with snow cap.
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10/21/2018 Coal Bed Village, Montezuma Canyon, UT - I just came by to the Montezuma Canyon, so that stop by here. I’ve been here before, but I am still searching the rock art on the boulder, which I can’t find it yet. Still no luck, I couldn’t find it today too, oh well...
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10/21/2018 Bradford Ruins, Montezuma Canyon, UT - I’ve been here before, but first time with my new camera. How can I capture some distance objects with 65x optical zoom camera, I think my camera did it pretty good.
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10/21/2018 Touchdown Panel (Kay Named), Montezuma Canyon, UT - I know this place for while but my old camera couldn’t take photos because too high up. With my new 65x optical zoom camera, finally I took some photos. Three figures doing just like touchdown that the name got it.
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10/21/2018 Decorated Hair Panel (Kay Named), Monument Canyon, UT - The Monument Canyon runs from the Montezuma Canyon. When I’ve hiked Montezuma Sky Loop, I wanted to check this area and did it. All like human figures are small in size and some hair decoration on it, that the name got it. The panel is located above the ruin.
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10/21/2018 Monument Canyon Lower Ruin, UT - The ruin is smaller in size under the tiny alcove, and near it, there are some rock art. Most of are faded out, but still both petroglyphs and pictographs are visible.
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10/25/2018 Comb Ridge View Ruin (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - It is located just lower side of the high up rim cliff, and no way down the steep cliff to access to the ruin. However great west side view of the Comb Ridge from this ruin that the Comb Ridge line up far end of the scene.
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10/25/2018 Vertical Snakes Panel (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - The panel is located front of the Comb Ridge View Ruin boulder, where one of the ruins is built atop of the boulder and panel is located lower side. Few figures in the panel that between vertical snake figures.
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10/25/2018 Gated Community Ruins (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - It is visible from the Google Earth. It is fenced out and gated community, there are many ruins and tower figured shapes too. The same view as from the Comb Ridge View Ruin site, great Comb Ridge view.
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10/25/2018 Black Eye Ruin (Kay Named), Red Rock Plateau, UT - It is located between MM 66 and 67 of highway 276 roadside. There is a parking lot and visible from the highway. The alcove is just like eye shape and black inside that the name got it. Right and upper side of the eye, there are many petroglyphs but faded out and can’t take a good photos.
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10/26/2018 Moqui Canyon, Red Rock Plateau, UT - I’ve stopped driving too soon that caused to hike 10 miles total, If I do again, I'll drive the Burnt Springs Road about 6 miles from the highway #276 that just before deep sand ATV road. It is beautiful canyon, canyon walls are tall and rust color.
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10/26/2018 Moqui Canyon Petroglyphs, Red Rock Plateau, UT - Petroglyphs are located outside of the alcove, there is no ruins in the alcove. There are few boulders and most of are nothing but some of are petroglyphs on it. I wanted to see split boulders petroglyphs for while, when I saw those, it made my day.
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10/26/2018 In-or-Out Panel (Kay Named), Red Rock Plateau, UT - Two panels, one is In-or-Out and another one is 1/4 mile west of it. When during driving on the highway #276 I noticed the panels. There is not enough space to park the car side of the road.
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10/27/2018 Poison Springs Canyon, UT - First 2 miles of the Poison Springs Wash Road is dirt road, then changed to rough single-lane road, there is no place to stop or park. I wanted to visit the canyon for while but I am glad it’s over. I don’t think I want to drive back there again, if some one drive for me that’s an another story.
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10/27/2018 Poison Springs Rock Art, UT - I found 4 separate RA sites, last one was many graffiti on it that made me sad. First site was where I found first parking spot, there is no parking area on the Poison Springs Wash Road. Started hiking down the canyon from the first RA site for about 10 miles total.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - Water Pocket Fold is monoclinal fold and nearly 100 miles long located at east side of the Capitol Reef National Park. Halls Creek is a small segment of the Water Pocket Fold, and variety of color of rocks around here. There are many side canyons, all those are beautiful from outside view and wonder to hike up all side canyons.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek Petro, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - A large wall with full of petroglyphs, but most of are faded out, only some of are captured with photos. The wall is south faced and no protection from the weather that the why faded out so quickly.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek Caves, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I was looking for caves, I found those are more like alcove rather than cave. Anyway one of the book indicates those are caves, so I go with caves. Its located behind mound, a means not visible from out side or from the bottom of the canyon. There is no ruins inside, but nice view of some canyon walls.
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10/28/2018 Cottonwood Tanks, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I though just one tank, but there are cascade tanks one after another, I can see next tank every time see the higher one, and hike up some on the slick rock hill, and I found total 10 tanks. After that I had enough, so came down. I am sure, if hike up more, I can find some more tanks.
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10/29/2018 Surprise Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I was wondering to see the Surprise Canyon, I don’t have any knowledge, but go ahead to hike in the canyon, and I did. There are many variety of color rocks and spectacular canyon to hike, it is part of the Water Pocket Fold. I didn’t go all the way, but I enjoyed hike there.
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10/29/2018 Bullfrog Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, UT - This ferry owns by UDOT. I’ve ride this ferry from Halls Crossing to Bullfrog for not long ago, today I rode from Bullfrog to Halls Crossing. Half hour of nice calm lake ferry ride was wonderful to relax.
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