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Here is a Friends and Family preview of our trek today into Lavender Canyon.  These photos are pretty much unedited, for the sake of publication speed.  Today our group jeeped in to the trail head at Lavender Canyon.  Here is a picture of our group in the hotel lobby before we left Moab.  Kevin (its his 21st birthday), Yvonne, Dave (I rode with Dave), Scott, Courtney, Mike, Cindy, Tom, and Rodney.

 

We drove south from Moab and turned west on the Needles highway. Our first stop was at Newspaper Rock, full of ancient pictographs or signatures.  The entry to the Lavender Canyon jeep trail (this is not by any means a road) is about 15 miles west of Newspaper Rock, and is in fact the same turn-out as the Davis canyon trail.

 

Here we are at the end of the ‘public’ jeep trail.  Beyond this fence is national park land, for which you need a permit for entry with vehicles.  From here we walked, about 3.5 miles in.

 

Here is Yvonne on the walking trail/jeep trail, which is actually a stream bed.  Where it is dry, it is deep sand, and where it is wet it is mushy with flowing water.  Where it is frozen, which is was sometimes, it has a few inches of snow and ice.  Rough walking. 

 

These are pillars in upper Lavender Canyon. These formations are eroded Navajo Sandstone.

 

The early parts of the hike were through very dry grasses and small brush.  As the elevation increased there were juniper trees and cottonwoods.

 

Even further up the canyon we found aspen. The rock formations were stunning all the way.

 

We saw many arches that can’t be seen from the road.  They were difficult to pick out tonight, so here is another pillar photo.

 

Tomorrow we will do another hike in the morning and then a jeep ride in the afternoon.

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Snowmageddon & a Blizzard

First there was the dramatic snow storm that started on February 5.  We got at least 30 inches of snow over three days.  Then yesterday another storm started, and we got another foot of snow, plus wailing winds.  We called the first storm Snowmageddon.  This second storm has no name, or maybe Son of Snowmageddon.  At this time, the airports are closed, the roads are closed, and all public transportation is not operating.  We are hoping for a better day tomorrow.  And we are hoping we won’t lose power tonight.

Here are photos:

Snow is beautiful, undeniably.  

Here, at the beginning of the storm, the snow creates a somber mood in the forest.

During the night the snow fell heavy and wet, creating strange sculptures. 

In the morning (February 6) there were crowns of snow on by arbors, and the pines were weighed down by lots of snow.  There are many people who think driving in these conditions is possible, but, unless they are 4WD, they are wrong.  The truck in this photo was stuck for a while.

I shoveled a lot, because I have a long driveway and a sidewalk.  I do not ever recall shoveling my car before, but this snow was more than a broom or scraper would handle.

Sculptures in my back yard on Sunday.

Sunday in the neighborhood, at the intersection of snow-packed Charles Road and rutted, undrivable Tulare.  We don’t have many garages in this county, so most vehicles are covered with snow.

Pine trees became very heavy with snow, and limbs snapped off easily.  This car belongs to my neighbors, Linda and Ivan. The windshield is cracked.  (I know, it looks worse than that!)

Neighbors helping neighbors:  Greg S is helping Mary shovel out her car.  I have wonderful neighbors here.

I will post more photos.  This entry is becoming large.

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