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Posted: 12/31/2003 6:10:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 6:37:35 PM EDT by ilikelegs]
My wife and I went to Canyon de Chelly then to Utah for Christmas.
That morning this was what we got to see.
Much better than having to put up with the screaming brats
from other family members that you may or may not like as it is.


Edited to add this link to the rest of the photos.
xzodus.com/utah/index.htm
I will add the larger photos there.




This is called Spider Rock.




The next day we took a short cut to Monument Valley. Hwy 59 to Hwy 163.


Rock formation on Hwy 163.


The Mittens at Monument Valley. The second most photographed image there.
This is the view you will see as you actually enter the park.


Leaving Monument Valley on Hwy 163. Look back in your rearview mirror
and this is what you see. The most photographed view you see in so
many movies and postcards.


This is Mexican Hat Rock. Because it looks like a Mexican with a hat on.
Mexican Hat is located on Hwy 163, 24 miles west of Bluff.

More coming up...
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:12:24 PM EDT
[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_3sisters.jpg[/img]
The next day we went to the Arches National Park in Moab. This rock formation
is called the three sisters. One of the first things you will see as you enter.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_windows_viewpoint.jpg[/img]
This is Window Arch. One of two arches out of the same rock formation.
This is the north window.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_devils_garden2.jpg[/img]
This is located in the Devils garden area.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_fiery_furnace2.jpg[/img]
This is called the Fiery Furnace area.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_fins.jpg[/img]
This is located in the Devils garden area.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_landscape_arch.jpg[/img]
This is Landscape Arch. Our second freezing day at the Arches.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/arches_eden4.jpg[/img]
Sunset at an area called The Garden of Eden.

More coming up...
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:12:28 PM EDT
... Arizona is awesome isn't it? Nice photos man, glad to hear you had a good time.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:14:25 PM EDT
Cool pics!! [^]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:14:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ProfessorEvil:
...checking hard drive space...yep...plenty for the photoshopping that will get done here....
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Thanks for helping me see reality, I was gonna post
a photo of my wife and I. Whew! That was a close one.[}:D]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:15:48 PM EDT
[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/castle_canyon_trooper.jpg[/img]
The next day we went to an area called Castle Valley and Fisher Towers.
This is one of the 4WD trails that we went on in the area. The hill is much
higher than it looks.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/castle_canyon2.jpg[/img]
Another view of Castle Valley.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/potash_road5.jpg[/img]
Next we went on another scenic byway called Potash Road, Hwy 279.
This road takes you into the upper Canyonlands area below Island in the Sky.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/potash_road_symbols2.jpg[/img]
Here are some hieroglyphs along the road.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/potash_road3.jpg[/img]
I thought this was a cool rock.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/balanced_rock.jpg[/img]
A balanced rock we came upon.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/pancake_rocks.jpg[/img]
These rocks reminded me of pancakes.

More coming up...
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:16:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
I was gonna post a photo of my wife and I.
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Oh, I can post one for you if you'd like.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:18:25 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing the pics Legs!

Do/will they let you walk across Landscape Arch?
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:22:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DPeacher:
Thanks for sharing the pics Legs!

Do/will they let you walk across Landscape Arch?
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No, not at the Arches. But if you can get there you
can go to the Maze district of the Canyonlands.
You can and sometimes have to walk accross them.
I plan on going back there in the spring again.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:23:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 6:28:50 PM EDT by ilikelegs]
[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/newspaper_rock.jpg[/img]
The next day we went to the Needles District of the Canyonlands.
This is called Newspaper Rock.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_elephant_hill_road.jpg[/img]
Here is the dirt road into Elephant Hill. This was the area I wanted to spend
most of my time at, but the heavy snow storm in the beginning of the trip
had all the 4WD roads closed. So instead of driving to a 1 mile trail head,
we walked a six mile trail to the area of Elephant Hill trail to Chelser Park.
It was a bitch. It took us all day just to do this trail. Up and down and in and
on top of canyons for miles.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_elephant_hill_6.jpg[/img]
View from Elephant Hill trail. Well worth the pain involved to get there.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_elephant_hill_1.jpg[/img]
Another view along Elephant Hill Trail.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_chelser_park_1.jpg[/img]

Our destination is in view. The long trek to Chelser Park.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:28:04 PM EDT
I've been to most of those places myself. That is some awesome scenery.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:29:33 PM EDT
[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_chelser_park_2.jpg[/img]
Finally we reach Chelser Park.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_chelser_park_3.jpg[/img]
Another view from Chelser Park. Shitty sun lighting though.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/needles_chelser_park_6.jpg[/img]
Another view from Chelser Park. Small canyons which we hiked around
as far as the eye can see. Bring plenty of water and food. I did.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/canyonlands_trooper.jpg[/img]
My Trooper in the Canyonlands area. You need a 4WD to get to some
of the areas I went to. But all the parks main attraction areas are easily
accessible paved roads and hiking trails. Miles of hiking trails.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/poison_spider_trail.jpg[/img]

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/poison_spider_trail2.jpg[/img]
This road took us below one of the mesa's below Island in the Sky in the Canyonlands.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/goosenecks_pano_lowres.jpg[/img]
The Goosenecks State Park. With my SLR cameras, I took a shot of this
with a fisheye lens. Can't wait to see that when I get my film back from the lab.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:56:17 PM EDT


 Glad you guys had fun, Legs.

 No wonder, TRG keeps complaining about you not responding his loved e-mails.[;)]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 7:53:42 PM EDT
Damn, those are some beautiful pictures.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 7:56:53 PM EDT
Geez....I'm one state west and haven't seen any of that!
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:01:09 PM EDT
Come to Utah - we have more than just Mormons!
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:04:10 PM EDT
Nice pics!!! I'm looking froward to moving down to Nevada so I can make trips like that!
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:05:45 PM EDT
Nice Pics!!!

thanks for sharing!

[beer]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:23:10 PM EDT
Looks like you had a great time legs.

You were only about 3 hrs. west of me when you were in Moab. Did you check out the museum in Blanding? Edge of the Cedars or something like that. Really a neat museum. My friends nephew lives there and I've only been down there one time. I do plan on returning sometime. Plus visiting Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde and all.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:27:45 PM EDT
Beef up your trooper with a lift and big tires and ride the Moab....
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 9:50:20 PM EDT
GREAT photos!  I've been to a lot of those places myself...we drove up the dirt road to Mexican Hat a couple years ago to take some photos, and went through Monument Valley and to Arches.  Just beautiful, beautiful country.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:13:44 AM EDT
Here is a pano of Newspaper rock. Three photos to
make this one image.

[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/newspaper_rock_pano_lowres.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:23:45 AM EDT
Simply beautiful! [beer]


Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:26:22 AM EDT
Looks like a nice trip.

Thanks for the photos.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:35:24 AM EDT
WOW,
I need to make a trip up North again.  I live in Mesa, AZ.  I really love this State.  Also southern UT is sweet.  Bryce Canyon and Zions are pretty cool.

Mike
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:38:20 AM EDT
great stuff, thanks for sharing
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 6:45:04 AM EDT
Great, great pictures. Thank you.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 7:31:13 AM EDT
legs, beautiful photos!! Thanks for taking time to post them. I've driven by that stuff several times, but I don't do tourist stuff, so never saw 'em...

Now I've seen 'em, and didn't hafta put up with moronic tourists...

Thanks again.... [:D]

(Didja tip over "balance rock"??? [:P])
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 7:38:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By liberty86:
legs, beautiful photos!! Thanks for taking time to post them. I've driven by that stuff several times, but I don't do tourist stuff, so never saw 'em...

Now I've seen 'em, and didn't hafta put up with moronic tourists...

Thanks again.... [:D]

(Didja tip over "balance rock"??? [:P])
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The only tourists that piss me off when I go to
Utah are the Asians. They stand in your shot and
just look at you. They won't get the hell out
of the way unless you yell at them. Which I did.
"He! Get the fuck out of the way asshole"!
My wife couldn't believe I said that.[}:D]

He is another image of Antelope Canyon.
[img]http://xzodus.com/utah/antelope_canyon3.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 8:27:45 AM EDT
Looks like one hellofa trip,thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 3:02:02 PM EDT
I LOVE Moab and the surrounding area... The western deserts of utah are very interesting and have their own senic qualites. I'm a desert rat at heart, and spend a lot of time out there. One of my favorite trips was a New Years trip to Moab with some of my friends a few years back... Beer in a motel room, then a day playing on Poison Spider Mesa jeep trail and Dump Bump in my Toyota PU.

I think its hard to shoot a roll of film down there and end up  with more than 5 "bad" pictures.

Ohh, and floating the San Jaun River through those Goosenecks... I rowed my uncles rubber raft down there. I still have a pair of Teva sandals that I cant get all the red dirt outta the straps and a white T-shirt thats really pink now. The sand and dirt down there gets in everything. I'd love to take another trip south. I'm planning on running down that way sometime in February, around my birthday.

Thanks for posting the pics man...
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 3:32:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2004 3:34:58 PM EDT by tivoli410]
Damn, I need to get out west!!

That is beautiful!!!

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