October 2016
  • Day5

    Arches National Park

    October 20, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    We left Ely yesterday, Monday after the winds had calmed down. The storm that ravaged the Northwest blew through Nevada for several days. The only dread we have to date about this travel of ours is even the new truck doesn't tow like we think it should. The computer kicks in when we're going down hill running the RPM's through the roof. Climbing is tedious to say it nicely. Stan was frasseled last night when we arrived. We need to earnestly reassess the truck in Santa Fe come November.

    Arches National Park was a thrill for Paulette today. Stan has played in the neighborhood on his winter travels in the past few years, but it was a first for P. We even did a 2 mile hike! Time will tell tomorrow if it was more than Stan's body can tolerate, but it felt grand. The Landscape Arch is a sight to behold. After a partial collapse in 1991, it looks too fragile to be real. It is so delicate for a 306 foot span base to base. How did that ever happen?

    Tomorrow is a quick stop at Canyonlands. Friday we travel to Colorado National Monument for a day before proceeding to Carbondale, Colorado for a week of joy with friends & the cold at 10,000 feet! There will be stories there to be sure.
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    Great Basin National Park

    October 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We've traveled for days avoiding the rain and storm only to have it catch up with us with "high wind advisory" warnings. Having already experienced a Santa Ana wind accident, we'll lay low until the winds relax.

    We spent yesterday in the Great Basin National Park. The park itself was fresh, clean, caulk full of hikes. The idea of the great basin was of interest. All the water that falls in this vast area (covering most of Nevada, 50% of Utah, into CA, Idaho, CO and Mexico) stays in this basin. There are no outlets for the water. Due to the isolation, many species are native only to this place.
    I'm not sure if it was my imagination, but the land around here looks healthier than it has in the past. We stopped at a "ranching exhibit" along the highway and it explained the efforts of science and education to rehabilitate this land from the ranching practices of the past. Could it be true that it is already making a difference?? We also witnessed Global Warning Monitoring sites. I guess not everyone in this Mormon country has their eyes closed.

    Just for the record: We did use our OnStar services yesterday. Although we didn't actually see the accident, we did clear the top of a hillside to witness truck parts flying all over the highway. Two pick-ups had just had a head-on. I stayed with one driver until help (from 70 miles away) finally came. "Might have fallen asleep at the wheel", he said. Both drivers were pinned in the vehicles. I wonder if Shane will ever walk again...........
    The next vehicle would have been us. It's very sobering.

    So today, we're staying out of the wind and planning an early exit tomorrow.
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