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  • Day31

    Death Valley to Bridgeport

    October 18, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    We got up early after not such a good night sleep. There was a group of law enforcement folks next to us that decided to stay up late partying. We had breakfast and then hiked Mosaic canyon which is near StovePipe Wells. It’s about 4 miles round trip up a nice canyon. Marble rock through out. Had to scramble a little to get over some boulders. Nice hike
    We then drove up to the kilns. We passed a small campground at Emigrant and one at Wildrose. Both were gravel but they would have been better then Stovepipe. The kilns were cool but not much else to do. We then headed towards Panamint road and stopped half for lunch. Then onto Panamint Springs and then stopped at Father Crowley overlook. Nice spot but it started to get smokey. We then headed to Bridgeport. It was smokey bad until we got past Mono lake. Not sure where the smoke was coming from. Had dinner at Rhinos, our last night on the road. Dispersed camp near the Travertine Hot Springs. Hope to take a dip tomorrow morning before heading home.
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  • Day30

    Moapa Valley to Death Valley

    October 17, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Started the day watch our dispersed neighbors while we had breakfasts. From there we drove to Vegas the back route on hiway 169 to 147. Hiway 147 is called East Lake Mead Road. The closer we got to Vegas the more garbage (sofas, TVs, broken glass) we saw. From Vegas we took 160 West to the Old Spanish Trail which to us to Tecopa. A really small town with a brewery where we had lunch. We took 127 to 178 that took us into Death Valley. We stopped at Badwater, the lowest point in the US, took the Artist Drive which was really pretty with the different rock and soul colors. Stopped in Furnace Creek for supplies and found a camp site at Stove Pipe campground. Not very attractive but very few people were there. Death Valley is worth another visit. Beautiful sites even though it’s pretty stark.Read more

  • Day29

    Zion to Valley of Fire state park

    October 16, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Woke up early because it was windy and noisy last night. Where we camped compared to the last time was too close to the road and tunnel. We drove to Zion and stopped and hiked the Canyon Overlook trail, the same one kristi and I did. There happened to be two weddings happening when we got there. There were also a small herd of big horn sheep. They walked right next to us.
    We then drove into the valley and made pancakes for breakfast near the overflow parking and south campground. We then hiked the Watchman trail that takes you above the valley looking down on the valley and campground. It is about 3.5 miles. Somewhat crowed but worth it. We had lunch after the hike and then headed out towards Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. It has really cool camp sites that are next to the red rocks but they are all first come first serve and they were all taken. Definitely worth trying again sometime. The rock formations are really unique and cool looking.
    We drove back towards town on hiway 169 outside of Moapa Valley to disperse camp. There are about 15 other campers here. We are the only renters. We had freeze dried chicken teriyaki and Southwestern dinner. Both were good.
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  • Day27

    Hurricane Wash and Drive to Mt Carmel

    October 14, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Bushell left to drive home around 8. John and I drove to Hurricane Wash to hike. We had heard about it from a couple from Idaho who had back packed it. We hiked about 5 1/2 miles in. We got to a small creek with water and there were a lot of reeds and trees. We heard the best part of the hike was the arch at the end but that’s about 8 miles one way. We had lunch and then hiked back. Total it was about 12 miles with a lot of it in sand that made it tough. I don’t think we need to do this again.
    One important note is that Bushell found out that Zebra slot is on the same road. In fact it is closer to Escalante then Spooky. Should try Zebra next time. We heard it was good.
    We left Hurricane about 3 and drove back to Twin Hollows camp ground, the same one we stayed at with Bushell. Had dinner in a restaurant for the first time in Mt Carmel Junction. No one was in it when we got there but it filled up by the time we were done.
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  • Day26

    Peekaboo and Spooky slot canyons

    October 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 57 °F

    We started the hike from the Lower Dry Fork Trailhead around 10. Weather has nice, high for the day around 80. There is a trail with plenty of cairns to lead you down into the canyon. There is a nice trail map at the start. The trail leads you first to Peekaboo. You are suppose to start there so you go clockwise. Both slots are so narrow in places that you don’t want traffic going both ways. Peekaboo starts with a climb up some rocks. It looked a little challenging but after Bevis went up it wasn’t as tough as we thought. The canyon was fantastic. Narrow, beautiful lines, great lighting. It is no more then a mile and then up pop out and then hike overland to the beginning of Spooky. Again, incredible slot. About half way we came to a pile of big boulders. There were about 10 people trying to figure out how to get through. Finally one young guy lowered down one of the holes and then crawled backward up the trail a few feet and the another opening took us on the other side of the boulders. Pretty fun working with the group to find a solution. The rest of Spooky was incredible. So narrow in places you had to suck in the gut to squeeze through. Definitely a must do. We then hiked out Dry Fork Narrows and I think we stopped short of getting to the Rim Trail. We took a trail that hooked up with the trail we started with lower down from where the Rim Trail comes in.Read more

  • Day25

    Drive to Peekaboo/Spooky slots

    October 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Left campsite and drove north to hiway 12. Then to Escalante. Bought supplies (beer) and then drove down Hole in the Rock road towards Peekaboo and Spooky slot canyons. Road was slow with washboards all along. Bushell had to take really slow with the camper. We dispersed camp across the road from the entrance to Lower Dry Fork trailhead. Windy and blowing sand made it a little challenging. Bushell made the best dinner ever. Tri-tip, vegi bombs(vegis with oil, garlic, butter) all wrapped in foil cooked over a fire. All washed down with a nice cab.Read more

  • Day24

    Kanab to Toadstool to Cottonwood

    October 11, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    Drove to Kanab for the Wave lottery. Starts at 8:30 to fill out application. One per group. You get a number and at 9:00 they pick numbers until they have 10 people total. They did not pick 26 so we headed to Toadstool Park. About 1 mile hike to a fun small area with some interesting formations. Then drove down Cottonwood Canyon road. A long dirt road with some interesting rocks and cottonwood trees. Drove to the Cottonwood Narrows and hiked from the south entrance to the north entrance, about 3.5 miles round trip. I’m pretty sure Kristi and I did this road and hike on our Utah trip. We turned off the main road on one of the little turn-offs to camp. Saw the biggest shooting star ever. Big ball which streaked across the sky and then broke in two.Read more

  • Day24

    Ogdan to Kanab

    October 11, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    We left Ogden today headed to Kanab hoping to get a permit to do the Wave. Long-shot at best. We drove I15 to 28 (not very interesting), then I70 to 89. 89 was nice with parts of it going thru Canyons. We found a good disperse camping site called Twin Hollows campground. Dirt road off 89 just past road headed to Zion. Bushell is driving his camper as we follow in Subaru.Read more

    Jill Hibbs

    Do you know what is also in Kanab ? The home of “Best Friends”. Wonderful organization that takes in almost any animal in US that might have been abandoned, abused, sick, or difficult to o deal with. You can tour some of the grounds and see trainers working with dogs and cats and horses, etc.

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    Khibby55

    Good luck with the Wave....heard it is fabulous!

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  • Day22

    Bushell clan in Ogdan

    October 9, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    I flew back from Sac to Ogden on Thursday. Today, Friday, both Johns and I hike Skull Crack Canyon. Nice hike around a reservoir up to one of the entry creeks. Great fall colors. We then had dinner at John and Sharon’s condo with Libby, Sam, Katie, Max and Zoe.Read more

  • Day17

    Drive to Spokane

    October 4, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    We left Ollokot and drove to Joseph. Cute artsy town with great large bronze statues. Drove along Wallowa lake to the end. There is a state park with RV and tent sites and some lodges and cabins. The tram was not open. There looked liked there was some hiking opportunities but we did not have time. We decided to take the long way and see if we could find Seldom Seen, which we did not. We took Promise road out of Wallowa thru Maxville that shows up on Google but there is nothing there and then turned on Wallupa Road which takes you to Troy. A long dirt road which was in reasonable shape but dusty. The last 1/4 of the drive to Troy we paralleled the Grand Rhonde which was very pretty. It’s a good size river. We say a lot of people fishing. We drove to Susan and Mikes place in Deer Park, just north of Spokane. Susan is an old friend of Johns. Got there about 6 and had dinner there.Read more

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