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Mirror Lake Highway

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Rushing Waters - Upper Provo River
High up in the Uinta mountains of Utah there is a road called the "Mirror Lake Highway" this highway connects the mountain town of Kamas Utah to Evanston Wyoming by way of the Uinta mountains.
The Mirror lake highway winds her way up through the Uinta mountains, passing many small lakes and streams, some you have to hike to like Fehr lake, and Washington lake, others like Butterfly lake, Lost lake, and Pass lake to name just a few can be seen and accessed right from the highway, and of course Mirror Lake which is where the highway gets her name, all beautiful. It is in these mountains that the famous Smith Morehouse trail begins, you can still walk, or ride horses along this trail, taking you to many other lakes, such as Duck lake, and Island lake.
The Highway also follows the beginnings of the Provo river, up in these mountains the river is nothing more than a large stream, gaining water from other streams it becomes a rushing river, trave…

Clearing Storm Over Timpanogos

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Clearing Storm Over Timpanogos
High up in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, part of the Rocky Mountains there is a mountain that Lords over all the other mountains, and the valleys in the area, this mountains is Called Timpanogos, the legend of Timpanogos says that an Indian maiden named Ucanogos went into the mountain to kill herself because she could not be with her young brave Timpanac, when she got there she could not do it, but word of her planned demise reached young Timpanac and he went looking for her, when he could not find her he leaped to his death, Ucanogos upon finding her love perished on the mountain jumped with him, and the mountain is named for the two of them, and when you look at the profile of the mountain you can see, after having it pointed out to you the image of a person laying dead. 
In another version the names are Utahna, and Red Feather, the great God is Timpanogos, but the outcome is basically the same.
Sounds a little Shakespearean, from what I understand th…

The Face of Tatanka

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The Face of Tatanka
One of the most fascinating animals on the planet, to me at least is the American Bison, we commonly call this guy a Buffalo. The Lakota call him Tatanka, a name which means "The one who controls us" because the Native Americans relied on this huge beast for the lives, he gave them food, and clothing in the way of Bison blankets, and robes, so in a sense he controlled them.
I just wanted to tell a couple of stories from encounters that I have had with these beautiful animals.
On one occasion my family decided to take a motorcycle trip to Yellowstone, two of my sons and I would ride the bikes to Victor Idaho, the place we stayed during the trip, and my wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law would ride in our van then get on the bikes for the trip into the park, we were traveling north on the upper loop road, highway 89 when traffic stopped, in Yellowstone when traffic stops you know there is an animal near the road, maybe it would be a bear, common when I was…

Arches National Park Winter Wonder Land

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Twisted Cedar Arches National Park
My son and I had planned a trip to Moab Utah, a place made up of slick rock, and a playground for ATV enthusiasts, but that's not why we were headed there, not this time.

My son Paul had never been to that part of the country, not since he was old enough to remember, and he was anxious to see it, and I was excited to return and see it again.

I left Midway Utah, headed for Provo to pick up my son on the way, when I got to Provo it was a blizzard, and foggy, not exactly what we wanted for traveling, but undaunted we drove on, as we ventured further south the snow began to lift giving way to rain, at one point on Utah 89 we seen a Brinks armored truck which had lost a rear axle, I bet that was n interesting ride, the guards where gone and I suspect so was the money, hope they took it and not someone else!

When we arrived at Moab it was raining hard, and the sky was dark and bleak, I did not hold out much hope for good photographic weather, we drove …

Kiva Ruins - Cold Spring Cave

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Kiva Ruins - Cold Spring Cave
A few years ago my son and I decided to take a trip to Arches national park, in south central Utah.
We loaded up the Suburban and away we went in the middle of a late winter blizzard, as we moved south from Midway Utah towards Arches the snow slowly began to turn to rain, the sky was bleak, and gray, I wondered to myself what I was thinking to take a trip this time of year.
Once we arrived at the motel in Moab and checked in we decided to take a ride up to the park, the heavy rain had created waterfalls from the hanging canyons, and plateaus of the slick rock, they were interesting but the light was flat, and dark, and just nothing for good photographs, so I  left the camera in the bag, and we just drove around, then decided to go back to the hotel.
When morning came we woke to find freezing temps and snow, but the sun was shining and it was beautiful!!
We packed up and headed back to Arches, the red rock in the white snow was like a little wonderland, ph…

Little Deer Creek Autumn

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Little Deer Creek Autumn
High up in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, near the Cascade Springs main parking lot you will find a dirt road that follows the Provo Deer Creek as she makes her way to the Provo river and on to Utah Lake.
This beautiful little stream, home to wild brook trout, carries needed water from the beautiful Cascade Springs which is part of the National forest service, to the plants and wildlife that live here.
Beautiful in every season of the year this area is particularly beautiful in the autumn, yellow, gold, red, and orange decorate the canyon, and the banks of the stream where beautiful dogwoods grow, turning red, and orange in the autumn.
At certain times of the year you will find Moose, and deer watering and feeding along the stream, taking advantage of the lush plants that grow along the banks.
The canyon walls are steep, and not a lot of sunlight makes its way to the canyon floor except at high noon, making this a cool pleasant place to fish, picknick, or just…

Northern California and the Coastal Redwoods

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Into the Forest Horizontal - Redwood National Forest
A couple of years ago we decided to make a real trip out to northern California. We booked a small home in Crescent City California through VRBO, if you’ve  never Herd of VRBO, Vacation Rentals By Owner, check them out, we have used them several Times, they are our go to when we travel, you get a home all to yourself, or your family, they  Come in large and small sizes so finding the perfect place is easy and if you shop you Can find a nice place with all the amenities for about the cost of a motel.  we booked a home about a block away from the beach, with a great view Of Battery Point Lighthouse from our kitchen window.
Traveling from north central Utah to Northern California can be done in one shot If you’re intrepid, we are not that gung ho on driving so we stayed the first night in Reno NV. then got up early in the morning and headed out on “The loneliest Highway In America”  we traveled north over the mountains through the Lass…