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February 5, 2012 / TAB

Sunday Winter Drive

It was time to take the Rav4 for a road trip to add miles and speed to the break in process so I decided today would be a good day. SLC had the promise of sunny skies and I hoped that it would continue farther south. There is always hope. The blue skies lasted until Price (waterfall photos) and then came and went for the rest of the day. The combination of blue sky, clouds, and even a bit of snow made lighting tricky.

The middle section of Utah is a geologist’s dream with many different formations and history staring them in the face. From Goblin Valley to Capitol Reef and through National forest, I had a temperature range of freezing +/- 6 degrees and an elevation gain of 4000 feet. Hikes were short and sweet even bundled up. I spent the most of my time walking around the “goblins”. They would have been better with more snow and blue backgrounds. The red earth of that part of Utah is always so striking. The greens and purples come from volcanic ash deposits. If you look closely, you may even see a dinosaur footprint or two.

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