Kay's Photo Journal - March 2019
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3/4/2019 Indian Village, Ute Mountain Casino, CO - Ute Mountain Casino is located west side of the highway #160/#491 that south of Cortez CO. At the south side of the casino, there are teepees and small vender store like buildings that use for the Indian community celebrations, but not for public to use.
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3/5/2019 Giant Pots in Bloomfield, NM - There are few beautiful designed giant pots at side of the highway. All painted by Native American hand painted, one of a kind. It’s not made by clay, but it’s made by concrete, steel rebar and stucco. According to the Internet, there are some more at town of Gallup, Deming too, scattered it in New Mexico.
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3/5/2019 County road #7870 road side attraction, NM - I was driving this road way to go to the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah. There are abounded old houses but not old enough to call it for the ruins. Wild horses and herd of goat that can’t see it so often.
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3/5/2019 Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, NM - There is a new sign and new parking lot near the main entrance of this place, that easy to find it but 0.6 miles one way more hike to get to the main hoodoo area. This place is also called 'Valley of Dream' by many hoodoos, and special characteristic is red rock cap hoodoos. I have hiked south side loop today.
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3/6/2019 Standing Rock, NM - There is a standing rock that visible from the highway and got a name of the town. Near the Standing Rock, there is a ruin like building with small pond. Also few miles away from it, there is a beautiful area and I found an arch.
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3/6/2019 Lobo Canyon Panel, El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM - Visitor center gave the way a brochure that very clear information about this place, there is no way to confuse. The panel is not so large in size but enough to enjoy it. It is very clear petroglyphs.
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3/7/2019 Aldridge Panel, El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM - There is no information and guessing involved to find this panel. After 2 miles of hike up and down the hill, got the destination area, but trees, bushes and boulders blocked the view of the panel and can’t find it easily. I was lucky enough to hiking upper side and found it. It’s one of the finest panels.
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3/7/2019 Aldridge Cabin (Kay Named), El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM - This old caabin is located on the way to the Aldridge Panel, upper side of the hill/small mountain. They cutted near by trees and built the cabin in the nice area. I hope they enjoyed to lived in the cabin.
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3/8/2019 Caves in El Calderon, El Malpais National Monument, NM - There are many caves, but I saw the Junction Cave, Duuble Sinks, and Bat and Xenolith Caves. Inside the caves are very rocky, and need a permit some caves.
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3/8/2019 El Calderon Cinder Cone, El Malpais National Monument, NM - There are Lava Trench and Cinder Cone, both large bowl look like. There is a loop hike trail around at top of the Cinder Cone. Trees are growing in the Cinder Cone.
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3/9/2019 Lava Falls, El Marpais National Monument, NM - Light snow overnight that caused to have a nice special snow effect to the photos. Lava rocks are not slippery when snow is present that was nice surprised. There are many clacks, holes and bowl shapes in this place.
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3/10/2019 Dittert Site, El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM - This is a 30-35 rooms + kiva stack up rocks ruin, located flat area and not far from the parking lot. There is no trail, a means cross country to get it.
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3/10/2019 Narrow Rim, El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM - Narrow means in this area is, one side is the Lava field and one side is the sandstone bluff, not much room between them, just road fit it. The trail is gradually climb up to the sandstone bluff. The view of Lava field and sandstone bluff from the top is incredible.
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3/11/2019 Tome Hill West Petro, NM - I have been to east side of the Tome Hill to found some petroglyphs. Today I tried from the west but black rocks absorb the rain water that caused to not easy to see the petroglyphs. But I managed to found some petroglyphs.
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3/12/2019 Angel Peak National Recreation Site, NM - This is a beautiful area by all kind colors and rock formations that just like a badland. After rain, the road got all mud, it was not easy to drive on the muddy road. At last time I was here, there were tons of mosquitoes, and this time was muddy road, I don’t have a good impression from this place.
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3/18/2019 Hell’s Revenge, Moab, UT - I have hiked about 8 miles of one of the steep Jeep Safari Route in Moab. This is a very popular place, 4x4ers and dirt bikers, and tour 4x4s are keep coming in this route. However bike route is different than 4x4 route, and dirt bikers are on the either routes. Up/down many times on the large steep slick rocks in this trail, I didn’t see any hikers.
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3/18/2019 Sand Flat, Moab, UT - Chris and Travis are friends since they were 6 years old, both families are reunited in the Sand Flat to enjoy hiking, biking and dirt biking. Their kids are about same age, total 5 of them, very active, a means non stop for any kind activities.
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3/19/2019 Cliff Hunger, Moab, UT - It is beautiful area, especially view of Cliff Hunger. The cliff is tall and long half rounding wide open 'U' figure, center area called Jackson Hole, and trail is located upper side of the Cliff Hunger. I have hiked 8 miles for search of the Piggyback Petroglyphs Panel, unfortunately couldn’t find it, maybe next time.
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3/19/2019 Kings Bottom Panel, Kane Creek, Moab - I noticed that I have missed this panel from last visit, so that I revisited this area particularly to see this feet panel. The panel is faced south side and a smaller size with few figures, surrounding by beautiful rock formation.
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3/20/2019 Gemini Bridges, UT - There are two bridges side-by-side, not easy to take a photo of separation. I have hiked 11 miles to see the bridge from top, middle and bottom, hiked on the Great Escape trail. Upper side of the bridges area has a huge hole and opposite of the bridges is huge hollow under the thin rock layer, I took photos of a group of guys lined up for me on that layer.
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3/22/2019 Dalton Wells, Moab, UT - It was concentratiion camp for Japanese American extremist during WWII. Most Japanese American were obeyed the law quietly to stay in the concetration camp. However few people are not so quietly obeyed, those extremist sent to this camp from various camps that separated from their families. 2nd row photos are from near by old mine.
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3/22/2019 Museum of Western Colorado, Fruita, CO - This is a mainly dinosaur museum, but there are some more. The dinosaur bones were found around here. This is a popular place for kids especially today was raining day.
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3/22/2019 Trail Through Time, CO - I’ve hiked a loop trail, 1.6 miles, and saw many dinosaur information stands, but I saw no dinosaur bones, I believe found some dinosaur bones but sent it to the museums that I am guessing. It is nice short trail, someone need short hike, this is a good place to exercise.
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3/23/2019 Highline Lake State Park, Lama, CO - There are two lakes, large one called 'Highline Lake' and small one called 'Mock Mesa Lake', both lakes are man-made lake. Picnic, fishing, boating and hiking are popular activities in this park, also swimming in summer.
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3/23/2019 James M Robb Colorado River State Park, Fruita, CO - According to a ranger, from Grand Junction to Lama is very calm river water run, after Lama there are some white water rafting in the Colorado River. So that the rafting/kayaking is popular around here and boat ramp is located in this park that between Grand Junction and Lama.
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3/24/2019 Cisco Ghost Town, UT - This town was growing town by water-refilling station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, and by the main highway. When the demise of the steam locomotive and I-70 built bypassing, this town declining economy and became a ghost town. Currently some people are living in this town, not totally a ghost town.
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3/24/2019 Cisco Landing, UT - There is a boat ramp to the Colorado River and popular place to start the rafting/kayaking. Town of Cisco was growing one time by water-refiling to the steam locomotive, that water was pumped from the Colorado River and water pump station was located in this area, currently its as historical site.
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3/25/2019 Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT - Entrance to the National Park was long line, then parking lot was full, waited someone to leave, lucky to find one. There are many people on the trail and near the Delicate Arch. Long line to get under the Delicate Arch, which we skipped. We also stop by at the Windows section, but no parking space, then we stop by to the Park Avenue to enjoy the view.
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3/26/2019 Corona Arch, Moab, UT - We left home early because worry about parking lot, when we got there, not many cars, however when we got back from hiking, parking lot was full. It is a large beautiful 1/4 circle arch, near the Potash Salt Mine railroad. One tricky place is use wire rope and a ladder to climb up the steep slope. We stopped by to the Jug Handle Arch.
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3/26/2019 Poison Spider RA, Moab, UT - Parking lot was almost full, we got a last one, lucky us. We found not only petroglyphs, we found dinosaur foot prints too. Need to climb up steep hill to reach the petroglyphs panels site.
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3/26/2019 Longbow Arch, Poison Spider Mesa, Moab, UT - The TH is the same as Poison Spider RA site. Beginning climb up steep short section, which metal handholds were provided. Also steep slope to climb up to the bottom of the arch. Overall it is a trail hike, good trail for the families. The arch is long and not much space between arch and back wall.
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3/27/2019 Courthouse Wash Rock Art Panel, Arches National Park, UT - There are both petroglyphs and pictographs in this site. Pictographs are fading out, but still we can see it. From this place, busy highway #191 traffic is just below us.
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3/27/2019 False Kiva Petroglyphs, Kane Creek Rd, Moab, UT - Trailhead of this place is start from 2nd parking lot after pave end on the Kane Creek road. Hike up the hill and panels are located bottom of the straight up rock wall. There is a kiva looks like, that the reason called here is False Kiva.
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3/27/2019 Hunter Canyon, Moab, UT - There are small parking lot, its fill up quickly. It is kids friendly hiking trail, good for family hike. About half mile or so, the Hunter Arch is visible. We cross creek numerous times, water level is lower enough to hop the rocks to not get wet. We tried to climb up the cave that located high up, but ground is still wet and muddy some spots, half way up and turn back.
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3/27/2019 Moab Stay, UT - We rented a townhouse for few days via airbnb, near the Moab Golf Course. My daughter posted a pic on the Instagram, and her friend family is in town, so we meet them at next morning, what’s a surprise. Show the Moab Man petroglyphs panel to Chris, and we saw beautiful sunset.
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3/28/2019 Potash Road RA, Moab, UT - I have noticed there are some more rock art panels that south of the Big Bear panel on the Potash Road, so that I stopped by. There are few panels that not easy to see, I am glad I found it. I can see the petroglyphs, but doesn't appear nicely on the photos because of the rock quality, I guess.
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