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August 7, 2014

National Parks of California/Utah – July 31st_August 2nd

 Lake Tahoe has some of the clearest water you’ll ever see. You walk out 200 yards and the water is only waist deep. 

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Child’s play

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Sunset

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We took a pit stop shortly after crossing into Nevada and saw this odd display of raggedy stuffed animals. Turned out a 10 year old girl was brutally raped and murdered at this spot 14 years before. I had picked up a rock and put it in my pocket before we noticed the shrine, we decided it should be placed somewhere special after finding out what we’d happened upon.

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The road from the mainland to Antelope Island. At extremely low tides, a natural peninsula appears. Kit Carson and John C. Fremont were the first documented Eruopeans to explore the island. After killing one of the native pronghorn antelopes for sustainance, they named the island after it.

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Tens of thousands of waterfowl flock to the island every year to feed on brine shrimp that inhabit the shores

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For some reason, the shores were littered with dead birds. Some event happened that caused them all to die around the same time.

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Frozen

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To top it off, sheets of small black flies greeted you at the shoreline. Overall, it was a very creepy approach to the waters of the Great Salt Lake

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Once you got there, it was quite serene..

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Deadactyl

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Oh deer

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The Antelope Island Bison Herd was first introduced in 1893. They roam freely around the island and have provided a segregated gene pool for breeding bison.

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This guy was scratching his belly on a rock and looked really happy

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Bisonic Blowout

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Good hare day

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Sunset over GSL

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Rise Up

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Pocky

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The island’s main road

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Fluffy

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Mountain Sunrise

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Website

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Old Friends

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The Road to Desolation Canyon was a tricky one. En route, you passed by oil refineries and bobbing “grasshoppers”. There was one hill that had some curiously stacked rocks. Turns out this was laid out by sheep herders in the area over a hundred years ago.

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What I thought were ancient Anasazi dwellings actually turned out to be greedy oil companies boring into the hillsides. The hills contain large amounts of shale oil, but the cost of extracting the petrol from these rocks outweighed the profits. The idea of mining was quickly abandoned, but the tunnels remain. 

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Into the hole

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Cave selfie

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Oil Shale

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View from the cave – The road leading into Desolation Canyon is towards the upper right

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Critter patter

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Caving Part Deux

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Stalactites beginning to form

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Lookout

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Ya Herd? 

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Hank Stewart’s Cabin – To read more of his story, follow the link – http://www.riverguides.org/Confluence/28/28HankStewartSandWashAton.pdf

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Hanky Planky

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Thatched ruff

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Wood stove for the extremely cold winters

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The cabins weren’t completely uninhabited

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Wild horses roaming the steppes

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My main bunny – Mr. FooFoo

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Chasm

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View of the Green River from atop the steppe

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Standalone

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Magmatique

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RiseUp2

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Starbrights

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Arches National Park

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OpenView

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The puddles you see are called Cowboy Swimming Pools

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To the batcave…

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Sunrise over the La Sal Mountains

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Neverending Story

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The La Sal mountains were named by a Spaniard who first saw the snow-covered range mid summer and thought it was salt covering the tops

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Redrock Delight – The rocks get their hue from the large amounts of rusting iron that composes them

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Hearty juniper trees covered the area

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Broken Arch

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Peekers

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Sand Dune Arch

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Balancing Rock

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