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post #1 of 18
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Since Bob posted a "non skiing" trip report, I figured I would too. Enjoy...

So Laure (my wife) and I got out of town over the weekend. We pulled out early Sat A.M. On the way down we drove UT Highway 12, which Car and Driver Magazine rated one of the top 10 scenic drives in North America a few years back. I can see that. We made a couple of quick stops along the way, Capitol Reef National park, and a BLM recreation site call "Calf Creek". There a decent water fall about 3 miles up the canyon. A nice little oasis in the desert. It's just outside of the town of Boulder Ut.


Here's a few shots from that day...
Capitol Reef

The color in this photo has not been retouched.




Freemont Indian Petroglyphs


Calf Creek Falls


Anasazi "grainery". Used to store food and other things. It was about 150' off the canyon floor.


More to come.....
post #2 of 18
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We pulled in after dark at Bryce. We stayed in the park. The original lodge, built by Union Pacific Railroad back in the 1920's is still there, but there are very few rooms in the lodge itself. As a result, most everyone that stays in the park stays in little park service cabins. Pricy, hard to reserve, but worth it. We were about 200 Yds from the canyon rim. We walked out to the cayon rim after dark and peered over. A low cloud cover prevented us from seeing anything that night. I went to bed with a bit on anticaption on what Sunday would hold...

Our digs...


Bryce faces mainly east, so the A.M. is prime viewing time. Since I'm generally an early riser, that worked out well for me. Here was my reward...



Good view of the Bryce "Amphitheater". The strange stone formations at Bryce are know as Hoodoos.




A couple other hoodoo shots.....







Still more to come....
post #3 of 18
Beautiful pictures. What a magical place.
post #4 of 18
Wonderful photos all. Loved Bryce. Zion too. Looking forward to Capitol Reef and Canyonlands this summer. (When we went to Bryce we witnessed a fatal fall. So pay attention when the sign says "don't go beyond this point!")
post #5 of 18
Beautiful photos! Calf Creek is one of my favorite places on the planet.
post #6 of 18
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High rez versions (3224x2448 96 dpi) are available. They are about 2.4-4 megs each.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lonnie
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Since Bob posted a "non skiing" trip report, I figured I would too. ...
I did and will continue to and I highly recommend non-skiing trip reports. What else are we going to look at during the summer?

Beautiful place and great shots, Lonnie. Did you two hike down into Bryce? It's a great walk.

So, ummm, please tell me those holes in the wall of the petroglyphs aren't bullet holes. They don't look entirely natural.

On another note, have you seen the furor over at TGR about the guy who free-climbed Delicate Arch?

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=53019

Where's Tonya Harding when you need her? :
post #8 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Beautiful place and great shots, Lonnie. Did you two hike down into Bryce? It's a great walk.[
Yes. In daylight and by moonlight too. (Wait for the next installment....)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
So, ummm, please tell me those holes in the wall of the petroglyphs aren't bullet holes. They don't look entirely natural.
Again, I think yes. I've got a pic that I didn't post of other etching done by settlers/pioneers from the early 1900's. I imagine that they were the offending parties.

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
On another note, have you seen the furor over at TGR about the guy who free-climbed Delicate Arch?
I had heard that it was climbed but didn't stay up for the story on the news last night.

L
post #9 of 18
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Part III

We also went for a hike down in the amphitheater. Depending on how you go you decend steeply through a narrow area know a "wall street" The Ponderosa pine in the photo is over 150' tall. It's most likely the most photographed tree in the park. This section is the "navajo loop" and is the most popular trail in the park.





This is kind of what the canyon looks like once you get below the level of the formations.



On Sunday we also did a cool Mtn Bike Ride in a place called "Red Canyon" on National Forest land, just outside of BCNP called "Thunder Mountain". In most any other state, the area would most likely be a state or national park. But alas, this is Utah. The trail also doubled as a horse trail so I ended up calling it "hudoo's and doodoo's" It was one of my top 5 MTB trails I've ever done. As you can see, the scenery was awesome.


1 part left....
post #10 of 18
I'm with tradygirl (over at TGR) on this. The guy was on an ego trip. Yeah, coming down sandstone is tough--and there is plenty of sandstone to test yourself on--try driving into Canyonlands.

OTOH, great non-skiingtravel report! Loved the pics.
post #11 of 18
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Various Wildlife shots. I like the Raven the best. He was so COOL!! NEVERMORE!!! NEVERMORE!!!



Pronghorn Antelope (female)






post #12 of 18
Excellent photos Lonnie. How about that drive from Boulder to Calf Creek? Amazing country.
post #13 of 18
Setting the bar high for summer trip reports Lonnie. Thanks.
post #14 of 18
Great photos and photography Lonnie. Thanks for sharing.

What kind of set up are you using?
post #15 of 18
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Bill,

I just bought a panasonic FZ30. 8 Megapixles. It does a good job for the types of shooting that I do. There are a lot better rigs out there, but I couldn't justify the expense. I paid just under 500, with a 2 gig SD card at $70 and extra battery at $30, total cost was around $600.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz30/

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...mera_shootout/

BTW, compared to a lot of folks at Bryce, I was WAY under gunned.
post #16 of 18
as my Dad always says, it's hard to go wrong with a Leica lens...

Thanks for the wonderful shots!
post #17 of 18
Bryce is a fantastic place. Great pics, Lonnie. It makes me sad reading your trip report - knowing I'll be seriously work bound for tyhe next couple of months... But then, there is the oar powered trip down the Grand Canyon in August to look forward to.
post #18 of 18
Great pics and report Lonnie

This is why I need to move out west so I can do these sort of things on the weekend. As it is I save all of my vacation time for ski season.
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