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We left Lakewood for Moab at about 2:30 and arrived at about 8:15PM.  We met up with Courtney and Kevin at the Moab Brewery for dinner — where they announced their engagement.  They are so happy!  Kevin asked Courtney to marry him at the top of Funnel Arch. 

On Saturday (February 19th) it was raining intermitently, so we jeeped with smaller hikes in the morning and returned to Moab in the early afternoon.  Here are the photos from the morning treks, first to Gemini Bridges and then to Long Canyon.

The first portion of the Gemini Bridges trail used to be rocky but theyve smoothed it with a rock grinder.  That is Mike’s jeep.  I rode with Courtney and Kevin in her jeep.

What you see to begin with after walking from the parking area in to the bridges is a large hole.   From the right angle you see the bridge.  (Bridges are like arches – freestanding loops arches of rock, but they are formed differently.) 

This is the first bridge. Gemini signifies that there are 2.  They are side by side.

The second bridge is separated from the first by a narrow-looking gap.  However, note the in the right corner of the photo there is a man in a blue jacket. 

This shows both bridges, or more specifically, the gap between them.

 

Here are Courtney and Kevin.

Grass-scape at Gemini Bridges.

From Gemini Bridges you can see the Lasalles, but the mountains were in clouds.  Normally the sky would be brilliant blue.

These are Kevin and Mike, standing on one of the bridges.

 

Rock outcrop with view across the canyon.

This will be the last photo for the post.  The next post will be of a jeep ride through Long Canyon near Dead Horse Point.

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The day before I left Maryland, the red amaryllis bloomed.  This is the new bulb I got for half price at Home Depot after Christmas:

The drive from Denver to Moab, Utah, takes about 6 hours.  We left at 2:15PM and encountered fairly light traffic.  This is one of the first views of snow covered peaks that you can see from I-70.

One photo from Glenwood  Canyon:

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Opening Lines…

The best cure for winter blahs – flowering bulbs.  This is the first of the amaryllis blubs, about to bloom in my kitchen window.

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About the Trees

Last year it was all about the snow.  This year, the snow is in the Northeast and the Midwest, and even in the South.  We have sleet, freezing rain and that special sleet-snow that has been called ‘heart attack snow’. 

This year, it is all about the trees.  The latest storm put such weight on the trees that they broke apart in amazing numbers.  Many streets were blocked, and many power lines were taken down.  This broken tree is in my neighborhood.   It  is not the most severely damaged – others lost even more or larger branches and took down more power lines.  However, this one made the best picture.

The storm that caused this tree’s damage was on January 26th.  It all began with rain, which turned to sleet, and then shifted to very wet snow that hit it’s maximum drop-rate around 7PM.  By then, the roads hd been in gridlock for 2 hours.  Although the storm and it’s pattern were predicted well in advance, Montgomery County did not sand, was not ready to plow, and did nothing to manage the gridlocked traffic.  My commute is about 7 miles, but much of it is eastbound.  It took me 5 hours to get home from work.

I had lots of company.

Contrary to local government excuses, the problem was not the street conditions nor was it due to abandoned cars.  The eastbound gridlock was due to the timing of the traffic lights, which allowed north and south feeder streets to dump traffic onto the eastbound cross streets, but never allowed the eastbound traffic to move. 

I saw this icy grove on my way in to work the next morning.  The aftermath of disaster can be quite amazing, beautiful, or haunting. 

With sunlight, there are sepia tones, while the overcast skies result in what amounts to black and white scenes.  In either event, what I most enjoy is seeing the trees’ skeletons, in their chaotic simplicity.

When it is so cold (and it is very cold as I type this here at my dining room table), Spring seems pretty far distant. However, if you hope to receive your seeds in time for planting season, you need to order them now.  I ordered basil, parsley, and chard, plus some rhubarb roots that I’m hoping will do well, since I do miss Minnesota rhubarb (and my Grandma Emily’s pies).

Be well.  Be blessed.  Be a blessing.

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