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Month: June 2014 (page 2 of 3)

La Sals, Castle Valley, and Cows!

We saw a lot of cows on our drive up to the La Sals.20140608-_DSC4604-Edit-medium There was a good view of Castle Valley at one of the pull outs.

20140608-_DSC4610-Edit-medium We could see the La Sals all the way up.20140608-_DSC4622-Edit-medium Late in the day, Marilyn and I drove the Kokopelli Trail on our way to the Castle Valley Overlook.  We got this shot of Castle Valley while still driving the trail.20140608-_DSC4652-Edit-medium We saw more cows.  I had to open and shut a gate at one point along the way.

20140608-_DSC4664-Edit-medium There were a lot of flowers along the trail.

20140608-_DSC4670-Edit-medium We took these photos from the Castle Valley Overlook, which turned out to be a campground too.

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Portal OverlookTrail

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Shafer Road / Canyon Overlook at Dusk

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Tower Arch Hike

These are photos from the hike to and from Tower Arch.  I posted photos of Tower Arch separately.

I took this shot shortly after leaving the parking area.  If you look closely, you can see Marilyn and Marie ahead of me.

20140607-_DSC4109-Edit-medium The hike goes up a steep section of slickrock.  Fortunately, slickrock isn’t all that slick – it’s actually quite grippy with the right kind of sole.

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20140607-_DSC4223-Edit-medium This shot was taken from Tower Arch.  Monitor and Merrimack Buttes are visible in the far distance.

20140607-_DSC4373-Edit-medium We hiked through a narrow passage when leaving Tower Arch.

20140607-_DSC4385-Edit-medium Another view of Monitor and Merrimack Buttes in the distance.  I was at maximum zoom (70mm) for this shot.

20140607-_DSC4388-Edit-medium A look back at Tower Arch.

20140607-_DSC4391-Edit-medium Tower arch isn’t visible here, but it’s below the large white-capped tower a third of the way over from the right edge of the photo.

20140607-_DSC4403-Edit-medium Marie marches towards the Marching Men.

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Tower Arch

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Private Arch

20140605-_DSC3683-Edit-medium 20140605-_DSC3665-Edit-mediumThis is a view of the fin (in the distance) which is on the trail to Double O Arch.  We stood on a fin adjacent to Private Arch while hiking the Devil’s Garden Loop.

20140605-_DSC3731-Edit-mediumOther views from the same area:

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Friday Fitness Hike

Bob, Linda, Michael, and JoAnne hiked the North and Verde Trails on June 6.  Bob tells me that they hiked somewhat over five miles that day.

Michael Mandracchia took all of the photos below. (Michael’s captions can be viewed by hovering the mouse cursor over each photo. I don’t know if these captions will show up for tablet users.)

Friday Fitness Hike - June 6th 2014 -  North Trail and Verde trail - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Friday Fitness Hike - June 6th 2014 -  North Trail and Verde trail - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Friday Fitness Hike - June 6th 2014 -  North Trail and Verde trail - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Bob, JoAnne, and Linda -   Friday Fitness Hike - June 6th 2014 -  North Trail and Verde trail - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Red Tailed Hawk (Juvenile)  Buteo jamaicensis    - June 6th 2014 - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Red Tailed Hawk (Juvenile)  Buteo jamaicensis    - June 6th 2014 - McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Late Afternoon View from the Moab Rim Trail

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Moab at Night

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Bike Ride along Colorado River and past Arches National Park

Marilyn, Marie, and I rode our bikes on Wednesday, June 4.  (Marie’s bike was a rental from Rim Cyclery.)

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