Saturday, May 19, 2018

Like a Proud "Father"

My advisees GROAN when I tell them that it's advisee picture time, but they placate me and take the bi-annual photos because it makes ME, their advisor happy. I also am amazed and happy that they still go along with the "crazy" photos.  So, here they are, at the end of their junior year.  One more year to go!!!







Sunday, April 15, 2018

Arches, More Arches

On our last day of the trip, we decided to spend a few more hours in the park before the drive back to SF.  We first visited the Windows Section of the park.  Here's the North and South Windows

And yes, you will note that I changed my clothes!!!


Turret Arch

An arch in the making....

This arch turned out to be one of the most spectacular in my opinion, it's called Double Arch.


Doesn't that rock formation look like an elephant?



On the map, this is called Broken Arch, so we were expecting to see an actual collapsed arch, but nope, it's intact.  Because this arch required a half mile "hike," we had it all to ourselves.



The last arch we visited, note the sun came out, was called Tapestry Arch.  Again, because it requires a bit of a walk, we again had it all to ourselves.



Hey, I'm 48 years old and looking like I'm in pretty good shape in this photo. Crossfit is paying off!!!

As we were driving out of the park, I just couldn't help but stop and take last photos of rocks....my phone is just full of pictures of rocks!!




One last photo and the journey home began.  We had perfect weather on the entire trip, no rain.  Two hours after we left the park, Onions drove through a massive rain storm while on a two lane mountain highway.  Brutal!  We broke up the drive into two days with a stop in Wells, NV.  Fantastic trip!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Delicate Arch

We finally made it to Arches National Park. At the "end of the road, " or in this case, the northern most point of the parks road are a series of arches all along the same trail.  Tunnel Arch was up first.

There are many famous arches, but some of the smaller, less known arches are fun in their own way.  Pine Tree Arch is small and unassuming....

...but you can walk right up to it....


...and UNDER it.  I thought that was really cool.


The longest arch.....and to me pretty spectacular is Landscape Arch. Since 1991, when a piece of the arch collapsed, the area under the arch is off limits.


If we send out a Christmas card this year, this is a serious candidate for cover photo!


The most famous arch in the park is Delicate Arch.  We first saw it from an observation point.



Then we actually did the three mile hike.  This is the final approach....

And there it is. Delicate Arch.



I didn't actually walk down to stand under the arch because the footing was a bit weird, but as you can see, Onions did!


Nearly sunset....

Selfie with a mouthful of nuts.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Canyonlands

The drive from Capitol Reef to Moab (the base for Canyonlands and Arches) provided us two options, one that took I-70 or a longer route along the Green River that took us into the far reaches of the Southeastern corner of Utah and then up the eastern border to Moab.  Always take the road less traveled, or in this case, the longer road!

Along the way, Onions read that there were bison up in the Henry Mountains, which was right along our route.  So we went off roading again, and drove about 15 miles (at around 10-15 miles an hour) up into the mountains in search of bison!

Up close (well as close as we got) to snow covered mountains.  Turns out the Henry Mountains were the last named and mapped mountain range in the Lower 48.

Documenting the animal droppings!

We saw deer and cows, but sadly, no bison.

The highlight of this longer drive was following the Green River as it flowed towards it's confluence with the Colorado River.

For some 50 miles, we were driving in the canyon cut by the river.






Once we got to Moab, we went to Canyonlands National Park.  There is a section called "Island in the Sky" which is this part that looks down on the road we just drove.  This is looking down at the Green River.

Although the famed Arches National Park was next on our agenda, we got up close and personal with our first arch in Canyonlands, Mesa Arch.



Canyonlands!!!

One last night of camping.  This time at a private camp ground.  Not nearly as serene and enjoyable a time.  All around us were bit trailers with generators (no plug in's here) as well as ATV's roaring in and out.  We learned our lesson!