Monday, July 27, 2009

Vacation Stuff

I’m pretty busy and don’t have time to get a real post out. I am working on another Southern Reading Challenge review (A Confederacy of Dunces, a very funny book!). There’s not as much adventure my travels as it was mostly a family thing. It was my daughter’s first trip back to Utah since we left there almost six years ago. And it was a car trip with only day hikes. But we got to see a lot of interesting things like the largest rail yard in the world in North Platte, NE. My daughter got to check out Colorado State, where she thinks she wants to study meteorology—you’re never too young to pick out a graduate school! We did get to some neat areas that I haven’t been to before including Goblin Valley State Park, Gooseneck State Park (both in Utah) and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. We also picked up the last of the Little House Sites that appear in the books (in 2007, we hit Pepin, WI, Walnut Grove, MN and DeSmet, SD).

I’m posting a couple more photos today: the rail yard at North Platte, Cedar Breaks National Monument and a fire on the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Some notes about the photo in the previous post. I made the photo on powerpoint. I imported the photos into a slide, arranged them and then saved the slide into a JPEG format which allowed me to save it to Blogger. Here is a key as to where the photos were taken, starting in the upper right and working across.

Top Row:
Elk on ridgeline, Rocky Mts National Park
Union Pacific Train, Upper Colorado River, between Kremmling and Bond
Virgin River, Zion National Park
Road in Capital Reef National Park

Second Row:
Steam Engine, Durango, CO
Me crawling, Mesa Verde National Park
Road, Utah 128 near Moab, UT
Road, Utah 24, near Hanksville, UT

Third Row:
Windmill, Navajo Reservation near Page, AZ
River Bend, Gooseneck State Park, UT overlooking the San Juan River
Road, Utah 128, near Moab and along the Colorado River
Mesa Verde National Park

Fourth Row:
Little House on the Prairie Replica, Independence, KS
Me: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
Snowfields, Rocky Mountain National Park


  1. Gorgeous photos! Glad you had a nice time on vacay.

  2. We'll be in Colorado soon, and your beautiful photos are whetting my appetite! Looks like you had a wonderful time amidst all that natural beauty.

  3. Do you miss Utah?

    It's a lot different from Michigan!

  4. Beautiful pictures! Glad that you had a great time getting out and about!

  5. I really need a road trip or at least the desire to make one happen.

  6. Diane, thanks!

    Edelweiss, I hope you have a wonderful time in Colorado--it's a lovely state (once you get out of the urbanized front range)

    TC, yes, I miss it but I also enjoy Michigan. However, when retirement comes, I hope to be back in the Great Basin/Intermountain area (somewhere between the Rockies and Sierras)

    Mother Hen, I hope you had a good trip too.

    Walking Guy, I'm a little butt weary on long road trips right now, but one such trip every couple of years is good.

  7. Glad you saw the final two places mentioned in the book

    Welcome back!

  8. Welcome back!

    My Dad is on his way to the Grand Canyon. Well, he may already be there. They were talking about maybe driving over into Utah if they had time, and my first thought was, "Well I'm sure Sage could give you some tips on where to go."

  9. Sage, I believe this is the bussiest summer in history.

  10. Good pictures. Been to Rocky Mountain National Park many times. Never grow tired of it.

  11. Thanks for the pics, Sage. Learning a lot and enjoying the beautiful landscape of your country.

  12. Pia, I feel a relief at being able to put the Little House books away!

    Bone, I've designed many a trip through Utah for folks and would be willing to give your Dad suggestions.

    Appalachianists, after mid-June, I've not felt like I've been under too much pressure.

    Bill, I still haven't hiked in RMNP--Like I have in Zion and Bryce and the Grand Canyon

    Leni, we have a beautiful country, but where I live looks nothing like these photos!

  13. That picture of Cedar Breaks is just spectacular. Glad to hear you had a good time.

  14. Just beautiful! No time for a real post?! You're funny... :)

  15. Well I had the right state but not the right river. I have to rub it in to TC since she had both wrong and she even was employed at the place she guessed.